The Bellevue football team will host Bishop Gorman (Nev.) in week two of the 2015 season, coach Butch Goncharoff confirmed. The deal is set in place and just needs to be made official, according to the longtime Wolverines coach.
Bishop Gorman is the defending mythical national champions and won six consecutive state titles under former head coach Tony Sanchez, who left after this season for the same job at UNLV. Kenny Sanzhez, Tony’s younger brother, was recently promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach and kept the same coaching staff, save for quarterbacks coach Ron O’Dell, who also left for UNLV.
“They are probably the best team in American by a mile,” Goncharoff said. “We played a lot of great teams, but this is probably, top to bottom talent wise … this is probably the best team on paper I’ve ever seen.”
The game, which at this point Goncharoff believes will be played at Bellevue High School, will most likely be televised nationally. Goncharoff didn’t rule out the possibility of playing the game at Memorial Stadium or Husky Stadium.
Bishop Gorman boasts Tate Martell (2017), a four-star quarterback who many believe is the best in his class in the country. Martell committed to Washington in middle school, but recently opened up the recruiting process. You can watch his highlights here.
“If you haven’t seen this quarterback … they believe he’s the best player in the country,” Goncharoff said. “We’ve faced Jake Locker and Luke Falk and Max Browne and [Jeff] Lindquist and Kellen Moore. We’ve faced some good ones. This guy, preliminary, just watching film, is as good as anybody I’ve ever seen. He looks like Johnny Manziel back there.”
Bellevue, which lost to Eastside Catholic in the Class 3A state title game in December to snap a streak of six consecutive state titles, was looking for a team willing to travel to Washington after playing Serra (Calif.) last season at the Honor Bowl in Southern California.