The opening loss, coupled with a loss in the state 3A title game to Eastside Catholic last December, leaves the Wolverines riding a small two-game losing streak overall after they had won 67 in a row and had won six consecutive state championships.

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BELLEVUE — The Bellevue Wolverines are familiar with all sorts of streaks. Just not the kind they added to on Friday night in their first football game of 2015.

Despite several first-half miscues that became turnovers, Bellevue kept its season opener with the nation’s No. 1 team from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas close midway into the third quarter. But the Gaels scored two touchdowns in less than three minutes on their way to a 35-7 non-league rout at Bellevue Memorial Stadium.

The opening loss, coupled with a loss in the state 3A title game to Eastside Catholic last December, leaves the Wolverines riding a small two-game losing streak overall after they had won 67 in a row and had won six consecutive state championships.

“They’re one of the better programs in the country over the last 10 years,” Bishop Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez said. “Like 96-4 or something. I didn’t really know what to expect. But we knew they hadn’t played a game.”

Bellevue faced the No. 1 high school football team in the nation, Bishop Gorman, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Bellevue lost, 35-7. (Katie G. Cotterill / The Seattle Times)

By contrast, the Gaels ran their record to 3-0. They’ve won in three different states already this season. Bishop Gorman followed a home victory over Chandler, Ariz., with wins at Bingham, Utah, and now at Bellevue.

A touted passing attack led by junior quarter Tate Martell gave way to a power running game on Friday from Biaggio Walsh. The junior halfback gashed the Wolverines for big gains all evening, finishing with 164 yards rushing on just 15 carries while scoring two touchdowns.

His final run, a 50-yard burst down the left sideline set up the Gaels final score of the night, a 30-yard romp up the middle by Jonathan Shumaker that made it 35-7 with 6:43 left.

“I just kept focusing,” Walsh said.

Bellevue running back Ercle Terrell matched Walsh and then a little in yards, running for 174 yards for the Wolverines. But Terrell needed 36 carries to get there, and Bellevue couldn’t find the end zone until there was just 7:19 left in the game. Then it was Justus Rogers finding Tyson Penn at the goal line for a 6-yard scoring pass that made the score 28-7.

“We’ve just got to finish games,” Terrell said. “We made a lot of mistakes. But we can pick up on it and just continue with our success.”

The mistakes proved costly. Behind Terrell, Bellevue did move the ball. After a 13-play Gaels drive that culminated with Walsh’s first scoring run to open the game, the Wolverines ran 29 plays to just seven by Bishop Gorman.

Yet Bellevue trailed it 14-0 at the half. On the Wolverines’ first drive, they tried a fake punt on fourth-and-four from their own 34. Isaiah Gilchrist gained 3. One play later, Walsh went 37 yards and with 4:56 left in the first quarter, made it 14-0.

Bellevue got inside the Bishop Gorman 20 on its next two possessions — drives that ended in a third-down fumble recovered by the Gaels, and a minus play on fourth-and-five at the Gorman 15.

And after Bellevue couldn’t move the ball on the opening drive of the second half, the Gaels marched 79 yards in nine plays to take a 21-0 lead on Haskell Garrett’s 1-yard plunge with 5:21 left in the quarter that put it away.