BELLEVUE — Timmy Haehl couldn’t let Budda Baker have all the fun.
Friday night, 3A No. 1 Bellevue hosted No. 4 Mount Si in a highly anticipated KingCo game between two unbeaten, ranked teams.
Bellevue handed Mount Si its first loss, 52-13, in large part to early touchdown runs by Baker and Haehl. Baker didn’t seem to have any trouble with his speed, despite battling a tight back and hamstrings this week, according to Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff.
“He looked fine to me running the ball,” Goncharoff said with a small laugh and shake of the head.
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The slippery Baker had back-to-back touchdowns — an 88-yard run and a 35-yard run — finishing with 123 rushing yards in the first half on just three carries, and proving why he’s so dangerous.
“Every time I get the ball, I feel like I can score,” Baker said.
But quarterback Haehl showed off his own running ability.
Haehl rushed for 116 yards on three carries and two touchdowns of his own — a 45-yarder and a subsequent 48-yard run on the opening play of a drive halfway into the second quarter.
“It’s great for him running; we score touchdowns,” Baker said. “I love to block for Tim because he would block for me.”
While Mount Si started off promising, getting the first points on the board halfway through the first quarter, that’s where the Wildcat show ended and the Wolverine show picked up.
In fact, the Mount Si touchdown actually ignited Bellevue.
“The difference, really, was them scoring the first touchdown on us,” Baker said. “We’ve never really had that happen to our starting defense, so when that happened, we had to level down and not let them score again.”
Bellevue finished with 411 yards of total offense – 396 of which came from rushing yards alone.
For what was most likely the league championship, Bellevue came out on top.
Bellevue held Mount Si’s offense, led by the usually efficient Nick Mitchell, to 232 yards. Mitchell finished 9 for 21 for 148 passing yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
“Our pass rush got to him a little bit, and that’s probably what happened. He’s a really good player,” Goncharoff said. “What you saw early was the real Nick Mitchell.”
After the game, it was the usual next-up mentality for Bellevue.
“We’ve got two more regular-season games and then it’s loser-out, it’s one-and-done. It just takes one bad game,” Goncharoff said. “Who’s up next?”