November 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM
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Coming into the game Sumner High coach Keith Ross knew that the Class 3A defending state champions
Bellevue were going be challenge.
That challenge became insurmountable after Wolverine quarterback Justus Rogers propelled No. 1-ranked Bellevue into the quarterfinals after their 38-0 first round victory over Sumner.
“Bellevue’s a really good football team … their kids don’t make a lot of mistakes and they play hard,”
Ross said. “Our young guys can learn a lot from this game seeing how hard they play and the effort it takes to succeed.”
It was a tale of two half as Bellevue (11-0) and Rogers used to the short screen game to jump early out
on Sumner (5-5-1). After Rogers went 4 for 5 for 59 yards using the screen before running back Sam Richmond punched in on a 4 yard run up the middle and a 7-0 lead.
Rogers finished with 133 yards passing on 9 of 12 throwing with two touchdowns through the air (4 and 41).
“My line did a great job in giving me all the time in the world to throw tonight,” Rogers said. “This is only the first step towards (a state title).”
After Sumner fumbled with minutes to go in the first half, Rogers took off and scored on a 25 yard, untouched keeper that put Bellevue up 38-0.
“It was like the parting of the Red Sea,” Rogers said. “That call was on coach (Butch Goncharoff). He made that call from the sidelines.”
Although they came away with a decisive shutout, Goncharoff felt that the second half wasn’t the style of football’s he’s come to coach, particularly with Sumner shutting out Bellevue in the second half.
“Right now we’re a little ahead in the passing game than the running game,” Goncharoff said.
“(Bellevue) wasn’t a state champion team out there tonight. We made a few mistakes that we’ll have to clean up if we want to win a title. Sumner’s a good team – good team will usually capitalize on your mistakes and all that’s left are good teams.”
Bellevue will face Peninsula (10-1) next week after the Seahawks won 42-14 over Oak Harbor.
“Peninsula is our next challenge and that’s going to be tough,” Goncharoff said. “It’s going to be a battle the whole game.”