Check back on Friday night and all day Saturday for a live blog with play-by-play and analysis of the football state championship games.
No. 1 Bellevue (12-1) vs. No. 6 Kamiakin (13-0), 4 p.m. Friday, Tacoma Dome
Radio: KJR 950 AM
Lowdown: Will Bellevue extend its reign over Class 3A or can upstart Kamiakin become the first team to beat the two-time defending state champion Wolverines in a state title game? Bellevue, winners of seven of the last nine championships, was boringly efficient in its 35-7 victory over Lakes in the semifinals. Bellevue overcame two first-quarter turnovers against the Lancers, exploding for four touchdowns in the second quarter. RB Myles Jack ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns and RB Latrelle Dukes, Bellevue’s leading rusher, finished with 112 yards and a touchdown. Kamiakin of Kennewick is in the finals for the second time in school history – the first was a 4A appearance in 1995, a 49-7 loss to Curtis. The Braves are loaded with talent. WR/RET Tim White, the CBBN 3A Offensive Player of the Year, has returned eight punts for touchdowns and DL Jon Allen, the league’s Defensive Player of the year, has recorded 142 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 35 tackles-for-loss and forced four fumbles. Kamiakin has rarely been challenged this season – it’s smallest margin of victory has been 13 points. Bellevue rarely passes, but Braves DB Shad Fletcher could make the Wolverines pay if they take to the air – he has 10 interceptions this season.
TNT pick: Bellevue 31, Kamikian 24
No. 2 Lummi (12-1) vs. No. 3 Cusick (12-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tacoma Dome
Lowdown: Lummi is making an eight-man football state finals appearance for the third time in the nine-year-old program’s history. The Blackhawks have yet to break through and claim their first state championship, but they might have a potent enough offense to do it in 2010. Lummi has scored at least 61 points in each of its last four games, while holding its opponents to 26 points or fewer. Since assuming the role of quarterback in November, Jeremy Roberts has thrown for 737 yards and 10 TDs. Lummi’s only loss came to Class 2A Sehome in an 11-man game. After suffering losses in six previous semifinals, the Panthers finally reached the championship game by beating toppling top-ranked Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 36-28. Two weeks earlier, ACH thumped Cusick, 54-6. RB Shem Norton ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the semifinal and QB Tyler Edwards has thrown for 306 yards and eight TDs in the playoffs.
TNT pick: Lummi 41, Cusick 33