It was the game everyone wanted back in December.
Skyline won the 4A state
title, Bellevue won the 3A state title, both going 14-0. Everyone wanted
to see them meet somewhere, a parking lot, CenturyLink Field, somewhere.
Alas that game never happened.
But Saturday night, Bellevue and Skyline finally met again.
It made more sense to dream about what could have been.
With last year's state offensive player of the year, Skyline's Max Browne,
and last year's state defensive player of the year, Bellevue's Myles Jack, both
in college in Los Angeles (Browne at USC, Jack at UCLA), key parts were missing.
Bellevue didn't seem to skip a beat.
Budda Baker's two first half touchdowns helped the Wolverines jump out to a
35-0 lead and Bellevue cruised to a 45-7 rout of the Spartans.
The first start for Skyline with a quarterback other than Jake Heaps or Max
Browne since 2006, this one with Kilton Anderson, was not what people were
accustomed to with the Spartans winning five state titles in the last six years.
The Wolverines, on the other hand, looked exactly like people were used to,
perhaps looking even faster than they have in years past.
Much of that was thanks to Baker, who got the scoring started early with a
7-yard touchdown and then added a 47-yarder in the second quarter,
Sam Richmond had a 65-yard run and another short run in the first half.
And Tim Haehl mixed in a 65-yard bubble screen to Marek Spooner-Leduff for a
touchdown for good measure.
These aren't the same Spartans. These are the same Wolverines.
There was plenty of star power on hand, alums of both schools taking in the
game, Jack up from Los Angeles with UCLA on a bye, a whole slew of Bellevue and
Skyline alums now playing for the hometown Huskies, Washington also on a bye,
including Skyline legend Kasen Williams.
And the energy early in the game gave credence to the audience in the
But Bellevue, as they're wont to do, sucked the life out of the building
early and often.
The second half was a matter of going through the motions, with neither
offense looking energized, though Bellevue would add a 29-yard field goal from
Cody Gibson to up the lead to 38-0.
Bellevue sophomore running back Christoph Hirota got in on the action,
scoring a 15-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and triggering the
Skyline didn't mail it in though, Anderson, playing into the fourth quarter,
had a touchdown run on a keeper up the Bellevue sideline to cut the lead to
With the win, Bellevue moves to 1-0 and Skyline falls to 0-1.