Myles Jack had six sacks in the first half and the Wolverines finished with 11 to rout the Abes and advance to the first round of the 3A playoffs.
Lincoln quarterback J’Maka Love couldn’t help but think about Bellevue pass-rusher Myles Jack as he dropped back to throw.
“How could you not?” Love said.
Jack, a UCLA commit, found Love time and again in the pocket, recording six sacks in the first half before leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury.
But by that time, Bellevue was well on its way to a 45-0 playoff victory Friday night and another trip to state.
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Jack was the catalyst on a fierce Wolverines defense that became the first to hold Lincoln scoreless this season. Bellevue finished with 11 sacks.
“Myles is one of the best defensive players in the state, if not the country,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said. “He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight.”
It wasn’t just Lincoln’s offense that learned why the Wolverines (10-0) are ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
Bellevue’s wing-T offense torched the Abes (5-5) for 346 yards. John Nguyen ran for 202 and three touchdowns.
Abes first-year coach Jon Kitna knew a lot of things needed to go right for his team to beat Bellevue.
“They were every bit of what we thought they would be,” Kitna said. “They are a well-oiled unit.”
For Bellevue, it was its second straight shutout after cruising past Mercer Island 42-0 last week.
“It was really all about our practices throughout the week,” Jack said. “We knew their quarterback was going to be a runner and he got out a few times, but we kept putting the pressure on and eventually we got sacks.”
Jack left after the first series in the third quarter with a bruised left leg.