Brandon Wellington rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastside Catholic to a 35-13 victory over Bellevue in the Class 3A state championship game Friday night, snapping the Wolverines’ 67-game winning streak.
“We believed in ourselves the whole way,” Wellington said afterward. “Nobody would believe in us, so we had to stay true to us. It makes it so much more sweeter.”
Wellington, a junior, made a verbal commitment to the Huskies in August. He is considered the state’s top recruit for the Class of 2016.
UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski was reportedly in attendance at the game. The Huskies also have a verbal commitment from Bellevue lineman Henry Roberts, considered the state’s top recruit for the Class of 2015.
Also on Friday night, Oregon rolled past Arizona, 51-13, to win the Pac-12 title. That didn’t do anything to clear up the bowl situation for the rest of the Pac-12, and we won’t know anything officially until Sunday afternoon, after the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings.
If Arizona remains in the top 11 — no sure thing, given the Wildcats’ performance Friday night — then the Pac-12 will have two teams in the New Year’s Six major bowl games. (As I was reminded this week, a team from the “Group of Five” mid-major conferences is guaranteed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls, even if that team falls outside the top 12 in the rankings. Right now, that team looks to be Boise State. This means Arizona needs to be ranked 11th or better.)
For the Huskies, the Cactus and the Armed Forces are the two bowls I continue to hear most about. Again, if Arizona is in the top 11, then the UW will almost certainly be going to Tempe for the Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl. If Arizona falls outside of the top 11, then UW is probably headed for Forth Worth (which, given Arizona’s performance Friday, feels the more likely destination for UW at the moment). There might be one or two other bowls in play — nothing I’ve heard concrete — because last-minute deals are always possible with these things.
The committee has shown a lot of love for the Pac-12 this season, and you know the Pac-12 is pushing for a $econd team to get in one of the New Year’s Six bowls. This being the first year of the playoff, though, it’s difficult to get a good feel about anything.
We’ll find out for sure Sunday.
UW coach Chris Petersen is scheduled to meet with the media around 5 o’clock on Sunday evening.