Here’s what we knew before the game: Bellevue was a pretty darn good football team.
Here’s what we now know: Bellevue is a darn good football team.
The Wolverines are state champions for the sixth consecutive seasons and the 11th time in the last 13 years. Even though the final score was 52-20, Eastside Catholic should be given lots of credit. The Crusaders had a tremendous year, going 11-3 and reaching the state title game for the second consecutive season.
They also came out hot Friday night, driving the ball to the Bellevue 18-yard line. Harley Kirsch threw an interception in the end zone to stall the drive. It appeared Kirsch threw too softly for his receiver on a fade, but the sophomore might have thought he was going to the back shoulder.
Bellevue ended up scoring on the ensuing drive and wouldn’t trail. Eastside Catholic kept close, though, until Bellevue scored three touchdowns in a 3:20 span at the end of the first half.
Timmy Haehl was easily the player of the game. The Bellevue quarterback went a perfect 7 for 7 passing, racked up a team-high 207 total yards, accounted for four touchdowns, intercepted two passes and forced a fumble. The Harvard commit was all over the field.
Budda Baker added 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, but gained a lot of those late in the fourth quarter. Sam Richmond rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
You can view the entire box score here.