John Nguyen ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Bellevue overcame four first-half turnovers with a second-half burst in a 21-10 win over the Braves.

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KENNEWICK — The landscape was unusual for the Bellevue football team, but not completely foreign.

Down three points at halftime in Saturday’s 3A state semifinal with the Kamiakin Braves — and playing in a hostile venue at Lampson Stadium — the Wolverines didn’t lose their cool or start to press.

They simply came out in the second half and did what they do — take care of business.

John Nguyen ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Bellevue overcame four first-half turnovers with a second-half burst in a 21-10 win over the Braves.

“We weren’t in a bad mood,” said defensive tackle Darien Freeman. “We knew we made mistakes. The second half we just needed to come out and play flawless.”

They did, and now the Wolverines (13-0) get a crack at a fourth consecutive state title and ninth in 11 seasons. Bellevue will take on O’Dea (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Tacoma Dome.

That return trip was by no means a lock after a first half in which Bellevue fumbled twice and threw a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, the Braves (12-1), who lost 38-0 to Bellevue in last year’s championship, were moving the ball, especially on the ground.

Kamiakin power back Zach Umemoto ran 16 times for 103 yards in the first half, helping keep Bellevue’s potent wing-T attack on the sideline.

But even with the Braves’ success running the ball and all those turnovers, it still was just 3-0 at the break. And Bellevue had been here before, trailing California power Oaks Christian by three at the half in the season opener before coming back to win 31-21.

“Give credit to the Kamiakin kids,” said Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff. “We came out flat. But we kind of woke up in the second half.”

That was evident immediately, as the Wolverines took the kickoff and marched 70 yards for a score. Nguyen broke off a 47-yard run on the second play of the drive, which was capped by his 8-yard, fourth-down run untouched into the end zone.

It was the first of three touchdowns in four possessions for Bellevue. Andy Boulware did most of the work on the next drive — 72 yards on 11 plays — before quarterback Tyler Hasty converted another fourth-down run for a score, this time from 23 yards.

When Joey Moore hustled in from 19 yards with 3:07 left, Bellevue had punched its ticket to Tacoma.

“Everyone in the world, all the media, talked about the state title game was against Lakes,” Goncharoff said, referring to his team’s 35-14 win over No. 2 Lakes last week. “Well, Kamiakin was undefeated. O’Dea is undefeated. You don’t win a state title in the second round of the playoffs.”