Bellevue faces its second straight out-of-state team Saturday when it hosts Alta (Sandy, Utah). Since it can be hard to dig up information on a team from Utah, here’s what we know, with a major assist from Ron Bevan of the Sandy Journal.
Quote: “The coach has always been of the opinion of putting as many big name teams before them before the region that they could.” — Bevan
Key player: Quinn Fabrizio. Listed as a linebacker on the team’s official site, Fabrizio (class of 2015) is apparently being recruited as a safety. It’d be safe to expect a Washington presence at the game on Saturday, considering the Huskies are one of several Pac-12 schools that have extended offers to the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder. Colorado, Washington State and Utah have also offered Fabrizio, as well as Wisconsin, BYU and Utah State. Watch highlights of Fabrizio here.
What to expect: “See them running the ball more than they have in the past, lost some quality receivers. It’s the onne year the option is eluding them more because they don’t have the passing attack they used to. They always had a quarterback that had an arm, but could also run … this year they seem like they’re more running it.” — Bevan
Final points: More from Bevan — “They aren’t what they used to be. At one point for about six years, they won two back-to-back state championships. they competed for two others and made it to the semifinals for three others. This is the second year, however, where their boundaries are decimated by a new school that came in.”
Apparently, Alta used to draw from both Sandy and Draper, suburbs of Salt Lake City. According to Bevan, the best players came from the Draper area. When the new school opened, it took 51 sophomores that would have played football at Alta and been seniors this year.
Head coach Bob Stephens (fun fact: he played center at BYU with former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer) makes no excuses for that, Bevan said.