The top-ranked Wolverines excelled on defense and special teams to roll back into the state semifinals with a rout of the Seahawks.
BELLEVUE — Add Ross Filkins to the list of believers.
Already acquainted with Bellevue’s dynamic offense, the Peninsula football coach watched the physical Wolverines excel on defense and special teams while roughing up his Seahawks 40-3 Friday night in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
“Everybody talks about their offense,” Filkins said, “but I tell you what, you ask any coach who played these guys, they said their defense is one of the best this state has ever seen.”
Bellevue (12-0), ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by Sports Illustrated and No. 3 by ESPN, marched into the semifinals as the Wolverines continued their quest for a ninth state title since 2001. They will play Mount Si or Kennedy Catholic next Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
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It took a fourth-quarter field goal by No. 9 Peninsula (9-3) to prevent Bellevue from recording its fourth consecutive shutout.
“Last week our defense was spectacular and our offense struggled,” said Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff, referring to a 28-0 victory over Ferndale. “This week we had a great week of practice on offense, and not very good on defense. We’ve yet to put a complete thing together, but it’s nice when you still win 40-3.”
Peninsula marched 62 yards on the game’s opening drive to get the Wolverines’ attention.
But the series ended when Myles Jack blocked a field-goal attempt.
Bellevue responded with a touchdown drive aided by a successful fake punt. Later, Bellevue’s Ryan Bordner drilled a 48-yard field goal.
“Our special teams were great tonight,” Goncharoff said. “We made a lot of big plays with the blocked field goal, fake punt and long field goal, so our special teams were awesome tonight.”
Jack was Bellevue’s biggest playmaker. He scored on a 34-yard run and combined on a devastating hit that knocked Peninsula quarterback Austin Filkins out of the game midway through the second quarter.
The fake punt set up Budda Baker’s 29-yard touchdown run on third-and-20 for the Wolverines, who scored touchdowns on their first three possessions.