We’re on the eve of the 3A state championship game, which is a rematch of Bellevue’s 35-3 win over Eastside Catholic a season ago.
Here’s what Crusaders head coach Jeremy Thielbahr said about the game.
“We’ve got to stop the run against Bellevue. They’re a powerful team. They’re the best team in the state right now, and they’ve been No. 1 in the state for the past seven years. We’ve got to knock them off. People are calling me saying, ‘It’s David and Goliath.’ I feel like we’re pretty good too. I think it’s going to be a fun game. I think we got to stop the run, we got to tackle, we got to take it away, we got to hold on to it, we got to make some plays. So do they. It’s high school football. It’s going to be an exciting time. We’re going to have great energy and great enthusiasm. We’re not scared of them. We’re not going to back down to anything. We’re going to compete on every single down. Iron sharpens iron and we’re pretty sharp.”
Of course, Bellevue is a decent team. It will be gunning for its sixth straight state championship and nothing the Wolverines have done this year has hinted they won’t achieve that. A win would extend Bellevue’s winning streak to 54 games, already a state record.
When asked what it would take for Bellevue to lose a game, Scout.com recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman said, without pausing, “[head coach] Butch Goncharoff to retire.”
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome and will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports. The Seattle Times will be holding a live chat during the game.