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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

June 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Early look at Bellevue vs. Trinity (Euless, Texas) — football

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It might not seem like it, but football season is right around the corner. This press release was sent in this week and provides details on one of the biggest events of the 2012 high-school football season.

A rare event is happening Aug. 30 in Seattle. One of Texas’ top high school football programs is leaving the Lone Star State to travel to Seattle to face the nine-time defending state champion Bellevue Wolverines.

Both teams are ranked near the top of the national polls for 2012 with Bellevue listed as high as No. 5 in MaxPreps national ranking.

The Trinity Trojans from Euless, Texas field another talented team full of D-I recruits. Trinity is known for their 300-pound linemen, relentless defense and the “Haka” war dance they perform pre- and post-game.

The “Haka” has been featured on various news casts on ESPN, CNN and the CBS evening news with Katie Couric.

Trinity plays in the Texas 5A Division I football which is the largest classification in the State. They have a rich football history which includes three state titles in the past six seasons (2005, 2007 and 2009). Trinity was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of 2010 before losing in the state finals to Pearland. The 2012 Trojans return the bulk of their defensive line, which includes massive defense ends — Samiuela Tevi (6’6, 268 lbs) and Gaius Vaenuku (6’5, 244 lbs).

Also returning is Hafoka Olie (6′, 260lbs), who is heralded as one of the top junior interior defensive linemen in the country.

The Bellevue Wolverines are coming off their fourth consecutive Washington State 3A State Title. They are no stranger to out-of-state games. Most notable of those games was their 2004 victory over De La Salle (Concord, CA), which ended De La Salle’s national record 151-game winning streak.

That game was witnessed by nearly 25,000 fans in attendance at Qwest Field. Bellevue followed that up with a win over Long Beach Poly (CA) in 2005. In 2009, Bellevue traveled to Houston to take on Katy High School. Katy wore down the Wolverine athletes, many of which played both ways, and won 35 – 17.

Bellevue finished the 2011 season ranked No. 9 in the country by the USA Today.

The 2012 team will be led by three Blue-Chip recruits in Myles Jack (6’2, 220lbs), Sean Constantine (6’3, 218lbs) and Bishard ‘Budda’ Baker. All have multiple offers from the Pac-12 and beyond.

With Trinity’s size and Bellevue’s speed, the game has been given the name “Thunder & Lightning.” The game will be played on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 6 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.bellevuefootball.com.

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