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Tag: Bellevue

Nov.
17th

Football: Quarterfinal preview capsules

CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS
No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (11-0) at No. 9 Skyview (9-2), 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver

Lowdown: Since losing to top-rated teams in Oregon and Idaho in the first two weeks of the season, the Storm have won nine straight games, never scoring fewer than 31 points. Skyview’s offense is balanced. RB Parker Henry has rushed for 1,667 yards and 24 TDs and QB Kieran McDonagh has completed 67 percent of his pass attempts for 1,698 yards, 18 TDs and two interceptions. Bellarmine Prep can run and pass, too. RB Isaiah Flynn, averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game, returned last week after missing a month due to injury. QB Sefo Liufau has thrown for 2,117 yards, 22 TDs and four interceptions. Bellarmine Prep has had a knack for making big plays at opportune moments and that could be the difference in this meeting of evenly matched teams.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 31, Skyview 28
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Nov.
14th

Football: Bellevue-Lakes quarterfinal tickets for sale; plus radio, webcast info

Tickets for the Class 3A football state quarterfinal pairing No. 1 Bellevue and No. 2 Lakes are for sale at Lakes High School Student Accounts, beginning today. Tickets can be purchased with cash only — no checks or credit cards. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and older), children older than 5 and students with a valid ASB card. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.

This is sure to be a hot ticket, so it’s probably not reasonable to expect to show up 15 minutes before kickoff and expect to buy a ticket, waltz through the turnstile and take a seat at the 50-yard line. If you can do it, stop by Lakes and pick up your tickets before Friday. Some tickets will be held back and placed for sale Friday evening at the ticket booth, but it won’t be a large number.
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Nov.
14th

Football: State quarterfinals schedule

I’ll update the football state playoff quarterfinal game time/date/location as they’re confirmed.

CLASS 4A
Union at No. 2 Woodinville, 2 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium
Central Valley at Skyline, 1 p.m. Saturday
No. 1 Bellarmine Prep at No. 9 Skyview, 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver
No. 8 Lake Stevens at No. 4 Eastlake, 7 p.m. Saturday

CLASS 3A
No. 1 Bellevue at No. 2 Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium
No. 8 Kennewick at No. 4 Kamiakin, 1 p.m. Saturday at Lampson Stadium
No. 6 Meadowdale at No. 5 Camas, 5 p.m. Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium
Capital at No. 3 O’Dea, 1 p.m. Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium
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Nov.
11th

Football: Recapping the first round of the state playoffs

Well, that was fun. Let’s do it again Saturday.

The first night of the first round of the football state playoffs produced upsets – who foresaw defending 2A champion and second-ranked Tumwater going down 41-6? – a super-human performance – Interlake’s Jordan Todd rushed for 432 yards in a 49-41 win at Franklin Pierce – and the game everyone wants to see – Bellevue vs. Lakes.

And we’ve still got half the first-round schedule left for Saturday.

Here’s a brief recap of Friday night’s happenings:

CLASS 4A
Central Valley dumped defending state champion and third-ranked Ferris 23-7. There’s goes my pick to win the state title in 4A.

The Greater St. Helens League beat up on the SPSL North, with No. 9 Skyview defeating Kentwood 34-7 and Union handing No. 10 Kentlake its first loss, 31-7.

CLASS 3A
No. 2 Lakes beat Mountain View 28-0 and No .1 Bellevue easily handled Eastside Catholic 42-0, setting up an epic showdown between the two Class 3A superpowers. The game will be played 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Read my story on Lakes’ win for more information.
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Nov.
11th

Football: No. 2 Lakes dumps MV, will face No. 1 Bellevue in quarterfinals

Bring on Bellevue.

Lakes High thumped Mountain View 28-0 in the first round of the Class 3A football state playoffs Friday night in Lakewood, setting up a showdown between the two nationally-ranked teams.

Second-ranked Lakes will host three-time defending state champion and top-ranked Bellevue in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

“We’re excited,” Lancers running back Levonte Littlejohn said. “Oh, yeah, real excited.”

Not only is the game a matchup of two highly-rated teams – Bellevue (11-0) is No. 14 and Lakes (11-0) is No. 18 in Rivals.com’s national rankings – it’s a rematch of last season’s state semifinals. The Wolverines thumped Lakes 35-7 on the way to their eighth state title since 2001.

Lakes has been itching for revenge since then. Before the Lancers could look forward to Bellevue, they had to handle the Thunder.

That didn’t take long.

Running back Levonte Littlejohn broke free for a 65-yard touchdown scamper, breaking at least six tackles, on the first play from scrimmage. Littlejohn added a pair of 17-yard touchdown runs in the first half, staking the Lancers to a 21-0 lead at halftime.

“I got past the line of scrimmage, then had to make some moves,” Littlejohn said of the long scoring run. “When it’s five on one, you’ve got to do something. Then the downfield blocking opened up.”
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Oct.
28th

Football: Complete look at Week 10 state play-in matchups

Below, you will find Week 10 state play-in matchups for Class 4A, Class 3A, Class 2A and Class 1A. We’ve also got Class 2B matchups, courtesy of Chad Dinkins from BSports.org.

I’ll update this post throughout the weekend. By Saturday evening, we should have complete look at the Week 10 state play-in round games.

WEEK 10 STATE PLAY-IN ROUND SCHEDULE
Game times, dates are TBA unless noted

CLASS 4A
*Winners of odd numbered games will advance to play at winners of even-numbered games in first round of state playoffs. For instance, if Union wins Game 1, it could play at Kentlake, possible winner of Game 2, in the first round of the state playoffs.
**Teams locked into seeds are bolded.

GAME 1: SPSL North No. 3 Tahoma at GSHL No. 2 Union (winner is placed on state bracket as District 4 No. 2), 7 p.m. Friday

GAME 2: WESCO No. 4 Mariner at SPSL North No. 1 Kentlake (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 3: KingCo No. 4 Bothell at SPSL South No. 2 Bethel (winner is placed on state bracket as District 3 No. 4), 7:30 p.m. Friday

GAME 4: SPSL No. 5 Curtis at KingCo No. 1 Woodinville (winner played on bracket at District 2 No. 1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney
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Sep.
28th

Here’s why football coaches are pushing for playoff seeding reform; w/state brackets

Why is the Washington State Football Coaches Association pushing to reform the way the football playoffs are seeded?

Because no one wants to see this happen: No. 1 Bellevue playing at No. 2 Lakes in the Class 3A state quarterfinals. UPDATE: I’ve received three different versions of brackets on Thursday morning, and we’re back to my original post from Wednesday evening. Yes, look at the bracket for yourself, they are posted below.

Washington football coaches have voiced their displeasure at the current format. The WSFCA is studying a computer rankings format similar to the one used by the Oregon School Activities Association.

I’ve been talking to coaches — active and retired — about this issue since March. I think most would be satisfied if there was a way to determine the top four or eight teams in each classification, and break them up into different brackets or quarter-brackets to ensure they don’t meet in the early rounds. The WSFCA has met with the WIAA and will ask for another meeting after the conclusion of the season to discuss potential changes. I’m betting the WIAA will listen hard. A Bellevue-Lakes-type game in the Tacoma Dome sells a lot more tickets than it would at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.

Just for fun — though the information is pretty interesting, too — we’ve got our own set of computer rankings to follow this season, thanks to friend of the blog, Scott Odiorne.
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