This post is brought to you by the friendly confines of the I-5 corridor somewhere north of Tacoma, but also maybe in Tacoma, but I’m honestly not sure if it’s Tacoma. What I do know is my car broke down on the way to the Bothell-Bellarmine Prep game at Mount Tahoma High School. So if you know of anyone selling a car, let me know.
But onto more important things, like taking a look back at Bellevue’s 31-7 win over Peninsula yesterday. I wrote a good portion of the game story about Bellevue’s inability to get going on offense until the second half. Part of that was due to penalties, but the Seahawks had an incredible game defensively.
“Peninsula is tough as hell and they gave us a great battle tonight,” Bellevue defensive back Ross Connors said. “So it feels good to really earn this one and then get back to our second home in Tacoma.”
To Connor’s final thought in that quote, this is becoming a habit for Bellevue, playing in the Tacoma Dome, that is. Well, it’s already been a habit, as the Wolverines are looking for their seventh straight state title. They will play either Marysville-Pilchuck or Columbia River in the semifinals Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
It was the defense that made it happen on Friday. Peninsula’s offense had nowhere to go, seemingly netting negative yards more than not. Peninsula running back Major Ali, usually a source of good runs, found nowhere to go against a tenacious Bellevue defense. Ali finished, unofficially, with one yard on nine carries (those stats may be different than the official ones by a bit because some swing passes could have been laterals or forward).
It wasn’t just the defensive line, which continually had a great first push, but the linebackers were hitting the gaps hard. Mustafa Branch appeared to be involved in a lot of plays.
“That’s what we kind of build this thing around, our defense,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said. “We had to.”