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September 6, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Live from Portland (Bellevue, Skyline game threads)

FINAL: Skyline 21, Sheldon 0. Skyline’s offense never really got going, but the Spartans shut out last year’s Class 6A champs in Oregon. Not a bad start. I’ll have a lot more on this one on the blog tomorrow.

3:10 left, 4th Q: It’s still 21-0, and Sheldon’s quarterback just went down, so it will be difficult for the Irish to get back.

:21 left, 3rd Q: That might be it for Sheldon. Skyline sophomore Kasen Williams intercepts a Johnson pass, and once he got going, no one was going to catch him. He ran it back 68 yards and now it’s 21-0.


Franklin 34, Garfield 7

Kentwood 28, Kennedy 14

4:12 left, 3rd Q: Skyline fumbles, Sheldon recovers at the Sheldon 42.

6:10 left, 3rd Q: Jordan Weil intercepts Sheldon QB Jordan Johnson and give Skyline the ball at the Sheldon 45.

6:34 left, 3rd Q: Skyline breaks through for a touchdown, with an 87-yard run on a WR run by Gino Simone, who hit the sideline and beat everyone down the field. Heaps throws to William Chandler for the 2-point conversion, and Skyline leads 14-0.

End 2nd Q: It’s still 6-0 Skyline, somehow. Skyline has survived with Sheldon at the Spartans’ 1 twice now. To end the half, Gino Simone sacked Irish quarterback Jordan Johnson on a play-action play, and time ran out as the Irish spiked the ball.

Skyline has had the ball for only for 8:20, with Sheldon holding on with long drives (two of which ended on the goalline). Jake Heaps is just 3-for-12 for 48 yards and a touchdown, though he’s had a few drops. Skyline’s running back Joey Evans has run for 70 yards on nine carries.

10:17 left, 2nd Q: Sheldon fumbles on the Skyline 1, and then Skyline’s William Chandler makes a great catch on third down to get Skyline out of scary territory.

End 1st Q: Skyline still leads 6-0. The Spartans have had their opportunities, but haven’t converted. Sheldon’s driving.

SKYLINE AHEAD EARLY: After an early interception by William Chandler, Skyline scores on a Jake Heaps touchdown pass to Jake Knecht. Spartans lead 6-0.

BELLEVUE FINAL: 41-13. Bellevue runs for 377 yards. Nguyen finishes with 134 of them, with four touchdowns.

7:00 left, 4th Q: It’s still 41-6, and I’m going to head down to the field to catch the players when it’s over, but I’ll be back as soon as possible to start updating on the Skyline game.

END 3rd Q: Both teams have brought some substitutes in, so you can confidently put this one down as a win for the Wolverines. They’re up 41-6, and Central Catholic’s shown no sign of stopping them.

4:27 left, 3rd Q: After a lengthy injury delay for a Central Catholic player, Bellevue goes 49 yards in three plays and scored on a 9-yard Joe Joe Connor pass to Brayden Van Ackeren. It’s 41-6.


Puyallup 20, Bellarmine Prep 19

Roosevelt 24, Rainier Beach 8

OFFICIAL STATS: The statkeepers here have Bellevue with 201 rushing yards, and Nguyen as 112 of them (and the four touchdowns). One notable stat: Bellevue has 120 yards in penalties, including three 15-yarders for either personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct. But that’s about all that’s going wrong for the Wolverines right now. Central Catholic has only 72 total yards — on 30 plays.

HALFTIME: Unofficially, I have Bellevue with 207 rushing yards so far, with Nguyen and 129 yards and four touchdowns. The Wolverines also have 36 passing yards, but the big thing is they’ve only allowed one drive in which Central Catholic had more than a couple first downs. The Rams didn’t even get a first down until the second quarter.

2:43 left, 2nd: On 3rd and 36, Peter Nguyen runs for a 44-yard touchdown on the wing-T trap, Bellevue’s version of the draw. And now it’s 34-6 with the first half winding down.

9:52 left, 2nd: Central Catholic gets on the board on a 5-yard run, but the Rams had some help from Bellevue, which committed two 15-yard penalties.

11:54 left, 2nd quarter: After a false start, Nguyen runs it in from 14 yards out on the game’s first play. Bellevue leads 27-0.

End 1st: Bellevue’s Taylor Anderson recovered a fumble at the C.C. 22-yard line, and Bellevue has the ball at the 9 as the quarter ends. So far, the wing-T is really humming, and Central Catholic has yet to gain a first down. Bellevue’s in great shape.

1:41 left, 1st: Freddie Levine breaks free on one of those He-Has-The-Ball? carries out of the wing-T and runs for a 60-yard touchdown. The Wolverines are in control, leading 20-0.

4:36 left, 1st: Here’s the concern about crowding too close on the Wolverines to stop the run: they’ll hit you deep. And Cam Warren just hit Brayden Van Ackeren for a 51-yard pass that set up another Nguyen 1-yard touchdown run. And Bellevue leads 13-0.

8:34 left, 1st: Bellevue takes the lead on a 1-yard run for Peter Nguyen, who had 24 rushing yards on the drive.

10:39 left, 1st Q: Central Catholic, on 4th-and-3, tries an awkward formation for a fake punt, and Bellevue gets a hand on the pass. The Wolverines take over at the C.C. 28. The starting QB for Bellevue is Cam Warren.

BELLEVUE PREGAME: Bellevue has taken the field, and if they keep this tripleheader on schedule — let’s hope they do — should be kicking off in 13 minutes. Both the Wolverines and Central Catholic have been warming up beside the field during the previous game, which Lake Oswego won 35-10.

On an absolutely beautiful day in Portland, sunny with just the right kind of breeze, our two No. 1s are getting ready to play tonight at PGE Park. Bellevue will play Central Catholic of Portland at 6 p.m., and then Skyline plays Sheldon of Eugene at 8 p.m. in the night’s final game.

Right now, Lake Oswego leads Juneau (Alaska) 35-3 at halftime of the first game.

So what am I looking for tonight? First off, I want to see how Bellevue runs its offense. There’s rumors of a passing game, but the way they run the wing-T will be most intersting to me. David DeCastro isn’t on that line anymore, and I’ll be interested to see what push they get. Because RB Peter Nguyen and QB Tommy Castle are fast enough that if they get a good hole, they can beat everyone out to the end zone.

As for Skyline, as I mentioned earlier, I’m most interested in seeing their defense. The Spartans lost a conference player of the year (Eric Biege) and several other parts of a defense that dominated last season until the state championship game. One fun thing to see is sophomore WR Kasen Williams — about as athletic as they get in the state — play safety. Sheldon’s QB threw for more than 2,000 yards last season, so this should be an interesting match between Sheldon’s passing game and that Skyline secondary. And Sheldon surely already knows what kind of challenge its secondary has ahead of it.

One score to pass along from today’s Emerald City Kickoff Classic: Eastside Catholic beats Eisenhower 16-8.



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