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Tag: Connell


Class 1A finals: Connell defeats Cascade Christian 28-7

Moment’s before Connell High’s Matt Hadley dashed off to celebrate the Class 1A football state championship with teammates, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis embraced the senior and paid him the ultimate compliment.

“I told him,” Davis said, “I’m glad he’s graduating.”

The soon-to-be three-time 1A football state player of the year rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the third-ranked Eagles to a 28-7 victory the state finals Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Davis and the fifth-ranked Cougars were plenty familiar with Hadley and Connell – they’ve met in the finals the past three seasons. The Eagles won in 2009 and Cascade Christian evened the score last fall, winning 42-35.
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Football Finals: Results, plus Class 1A live chat at 1 p.m. Saturday

I’ll be at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday for the football state championships. We’ll run a live chat during the Class 1A final, pairing Cascade Christian and Connell. The chat will start around 12:55 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday’s Games
Class 1B: Neah Bay 36, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 28 – Game Story

Class 3A: Bellevue 35, O’Dea 16 – Game Story

Saturday’s Games
Class 2A: Lynden 17, Archbishop Murphy 16 – Game Story

Class 1A: Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7 – Final
Preview Story

Class 2B: Morton/White Pass vs. Waitsburg-Prescott, 4 p.m.

Class 4A:

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Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks


No. 1 Bellevue (13-0) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lowdown: All the stands in the way of a fourth straight state championship for Bellevue is the last team that beat the Wolverines in the state playoffs. O’Dea’s ball-control offense grinded out a 21-13 win over No. 5 Camas in the semifinals. The Irish held the ball for 13 of the final 14 minutes of the game. If O’Dea can exert its will along the line of scrimmage against Bellevue, get some big plays from running backs Jayshawn Jordan and Jomari Brooks and a couple long kickoff or punt returns from Tatum Taylor, the Irish will push Bellevue to the limit. That’s easier said than done. Bellevue has already knocked off the second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state (Lakes and Kamiakin), holding them to a combined 24 points, and is intent on claiming its 10th state title. Stopping the Wolverines isn’t easy. QB Tyler Hasty and running backs Ari Morales, Myles Jack, John Nguyen, Joey Moore and Andy Bouleware have all had big games this season.

TNT Pick: Bellevue 27, O’Dea 17
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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

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.

Game times, dates are TBA unless noted

*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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