The unbeaten, top-ranked Wolverines capitalized on three first-half turnovers by the Golden Eagles to roll into the state quarterfinals.
BELLEVUE — Bellevue is one step closer to a fifth consecutive state championship.
The No. 1 Wolverines easily handled No. 7 Ferndale (9-2) in a Class 3A first-round playoff game Friday night, 28-0.
It was the 38th consecutive victory for Bellevue (11-0), which will play Peninsula in the quarterfinals next week. Peninsula beat Nathan Hale 45-0 Friday night.
While Bellevue did just about everything right, Ferndale (9-2) made it easier on the Wolverines by making three turnovers in the first half. Of Bellevue’s three first-half touchdown drives, the longest was just 34 yards.
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“We knew we couldn’t give them short fields, and we put the ball on the ground twice in that first half,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said.
Surprisingly, Bellevue came out throwing, with 12 passes in the first half. Jack Meggs threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Scott Whiting in the first quarter and finished eight of 14 for 94 yards.
What wasn’t a surprise was Bellevue’s strong running game. Myles Jack scored twice in the first half and fellow senior John Nguyen added the Wolverines’ final touchdown in the fourth. They combined for 105 rushing yards.
Getting the offense going early was a key, Jack said.
“We just wanted to come out up-tempo and get up on them real quick, and then just kind of play our football.”
The Wolverines’ defense did the rest. Ferndale’s Alex Conley came in averaging 130 rushing yards but was held to seven on 13 carries — including seven for a loss or no gain.
Bellevue sacked Ferndale quarterback Cooper Clark four times. Clark had just one completion for nine yards.
“They carried us tonight,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said of his defense.”Matt Coombs, our defensive coordinator, did a great job and we knew what we were doing. We shut them down and it was solid.”