It was a battle of Washington state champions — and it wasn’t even close.
The 3A Bellevue Wolverines came out Saturday night showing everybody why they’re No. 1 in the state, cruising to a 45-7 victory over the 4A Skyline Spartans after leading 35-0 at halftime.
Budda Baker started the scoring for Bellevue, hurdling over a defender into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown.
But that proved to be a small appetizer, as Sam Richmond scored on a 65-yard run, Marek Spooner-Leduff found the end zone on a 66-yard reception and Baker added a 47-yard touchdown run — all in the first half. Bellevue racked up 324 of its 418 total yards on the ground.
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Skyline just couldn’t stop Bellevue, while the Wolverines were keyed in on defense.
In the first half, Bellevue recovered two Skyline fumbles, turning one of them into a touchdown.
Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said his defense and a few big plays made all the difference, but wasn’t satisfied.
“You’re never very crisp early, and we made a lot of mistakes,” Goncharoff said. “Until we watch the film, none of us are very happy with it, to be honest with you.”
Baker agreed: “I felt like we had a lot of mistakes, but the score didn’t really tell that.”
Bellevue limited new Skyline quarterback Kilton Anderson, a transfer from Naples (Fla.) High School. Primarily a run-first quarterback, Anderson earned just 73 yards on 13 carries and completed 11 of 24 passes. He did provide Skyline’s only scoring on a 45-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
In the second half, the Spartans had a slightly better idea of what Bellevue’s run game was going to do and had slightly more success stopping the Wolverines. However, Bellevue was able to score its final touchdown on an 85-yard drive following an Anderson interception.
In Baker’s mind, however, the score wasn’t completely indicative of the teams’ talent.
“We’re both different teams, so they’re going to see their mistakes and get better, and we’re going to see our mistakes and get better,” he said. “Skyline, they’re a good team, and I hope they win state this year.”