The game everyone wanted to see last year will happen this year as high-school football powers Skyline and Bellevue will play at Husky Stadium on Sept. 7 in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
Skyline of Sammamish went undefeated last season in capturing the Class 4A state championship game. The Spartans were led by current USC quarterback Max Browne and a large senior class that had played together for years. Bellevue also capped another undefeated season as the Wolverines won their fifth straight state championship. Bellevue was led by Myles Jack, a UCLA-bound linebacker/running back, as well as Budda Baker, a junior who has scholarship offers from every Pac-12 school.
The WIAA will release the full schedule of games on Monday.
Both Skyline and Bellevue should enter the football season ranked in the top five in their respective classifications — Skyline added a transfer quarterback from Florida who returned to the area, while Bellevue will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1 in 3A — but it doesn’t carry the same weight as last year. That’s when both teams entered as the unquestioned favorites to win state championships, and the star power was in full force with Browne, Jack, Baker and Washington State linbacker Peyton Pelleur (Skyline).
There are still plenty of good players to go around, though. For instance, Bellevue cornerback/defensive back Timmy Haehl has already received a scholarship offer from Nevada and a handful of Bellevue linemen also hold D-I offers. Plus, Baker, the best player in the state, is back.
The two schools had tried to set up a game a year ago, but Bellevue had scheduled Trinity from Euless, Texas in week one and Skyline had an ESPN game against Cottonwood High from Utah in week two. That didn’t leave any wiggle room for a game to be set up.