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October 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

Bell_JHS_299992.JPG Photo by Jim Bates / The Seattle Times

I have to give credit to photographer Jim Bates tonight. He got some great shots, capturing Bellevue’s 21-14 win over Juanita. It was tough to pick one out for this blog post. In the end, I went with the one that showed one of the strangest calls I’ve seen.

It took place in the third quarter. Bellevue quarterback Kendrick Van Ackeren executed a nice fake, pulled the ball down and sprinted into the open field for a touchdown. It would have been his second score of longer than 50 yards in the game.

However, I knew it was coming back. As soon as Van Ackeren hit daylight a whistle blew ever so slightly and the play was called back. On top of that, the Wolverines were hit with a penalty.

It looked like that might cause a momentum swing that would allow Juanita to upset top-ranked Bellevue. However, the Wolverines regrouped, marching down the field for the go-ahead score.

That one drive proved that, despite all of the young players, Bellevue is, well, Bellevue. The Wolverines are capable of grinding out long drives that eat clock and demoralize opponents.

Sure penalties didn’t help Bellevue’s cause. That seems to be the one thing keeping the Wolverines from becoming the run-away favorite to win the Class 3A state title at this point.

But it’s something the Wolverines can learn from, a lesson that will help down the road.

“We kept reacting to things that were happening and making mistakes, which we can’t do,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said. “Great teams don’t do that. If we can learn from that, we can be pretty good. If we don’t, it’s going to be a long year.”

Now, despite the loss, Juanita is a very good football team. The fourth-ranked Rebels played their most disciplined game of the season. They cut down the penalties and, outside of a muffed punt, they didn’t make many mistakes until the two fourth-quarter interceptions.

I don’t expect Juanita to drop much in the rankings. The Rebels showed a lot of poise, rallying from a 14-0 deficit to keep the game close against the top-ranked Wolverines.

“We try and get better every week, win or lose,” Juanita coach Shaun Tarantola said. “It was a good stage for where we’re at and where they’re at right now. Hopefully, we keep getting better.”

Click here for the game story.

Here are the rest of the highlights from Friday night.

King’s 46, Lakewood 43

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Kentwood 30, Kentlake 28

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Eastlake 56, Mariner 13

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O’Dea 55, Eastside Catholic 27

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Curtis 41, Auburn 14

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Skyline 55, Newport 34

Skyline’s Max Browne completed 17 of 22 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns and Jordan Simone had eight catches for 213 yards and two scores.

Federal Way 40, Beamer 35

Beamer’s T.J. Esekielu carried the ball 29 times for 377 yards and two touchdowns.

Foster 48, Evergreen 20

Foster’s Aaron Rodriguez completed 18 of 27 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Shorecrest 55, Lynnwood 26

Shorecrest’s Glenn Paden carried 25 times for 282 yards, five touchdowns and kicked seven extra points.

Edmonds-Woodway 34, Kamiak 28

Edmonds-Woodway’s Zack Berg rushed for 295 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns — three rushing.

Jackson 40, Cascade 0

Jackson’s Sam Brown had 248 yards and five touchdowns, completing 15 of 19 passes.

Lake Stevens 42, Monroe 15

Lake Stevens’ Duke Dolphin rushed for 182 yards on 23 carries, had five catches for 58 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Issaquah 48, Redmond 3

Issaquah’s Evan Peterson caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and returned punt 60 yards for touchdown.

Liberty 63, Lake Washington 7

Liberty’s Chandler Jenkins Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes.

Eatonville 44, Clover Park 26

Eatonville’s Austin Goodwin had 223 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns.

Bothell 26, Woodinville 10

Bothell’s Luke Proulx had 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Trent Sewell caught five passes for 82 yards.

Cougars coach Tom Bainter picked up his 100th win at the school.

Interlake 41, Sammamish 14

Interlake’s Matt Malos completed 11 of 18 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns, while Jordan Todd had 119 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Franklin 38, Chief Sealth 0

Franklin’s sophomore quarterback Robert Calloway completed 8 of 13 passes for 190 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Dominique Smith had 164 total yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Quakers’ defense now has 22 turnovers on the season, with 12 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. Since losing its opening game in overtime to Roosevelt, Franklin has gone 5-0 while outscoring opponents 192-23.

Click here for statewide scores.

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