Baker Striving For Perfection

The Bellevue (Wash.) 2014 defensive back, Budda Baker, is trying to keep the Wolverines perfect...

Bellevue (Wash.) High School passed their final test to advance to the state championship, defeating Mount Si (Wash.) 37-7 last weekend, setting up the Wolverines for their fifth consecutive appearance in the 3A championship game.

One of the standout players for the Wolverines this year is 2014 athlete Budda Baker (5-10, 170), who will be playing his last game of the season in pursuit of perfection.

"First to five is our goal, if we could win five championships in a row, that would be huge for our team, and our school." said Baker.

The Wolverines, who hold an undefeated record of 13-0 on the season, fell behind early in the first quarter to Mount Si, only to follow with 37 unanswered points, one of the touchdowns an 11-yard run for a score by Baker in the third quarter.

"Our coach told us that if they got up on us to stay calm, and we stayed calm and came back at them." said Baker. "We try and practice how we play. Practice is hard and the games are fun. We knew that they would come up on us and they did, but in the second half we made our adjustments."

Several schools are already pursuing Baker, already a member of the Scout 300 for 2014.

"I have been hearing from Notre Dame, Washington, UCLA, Oregon State, basically the Pac-12 mostly, then some other schools, but Coach Butch (Goncharoff) will tell me later on after the season." said Baker. "He wants me to stay focused on the task at hand."

Bellevue will now face their toughest challenge yet against Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, who is also undefeated on the season, in a game set to take place Friday at 7:30 at the Tacoma Dome.

"I know Eastside Catholic is undefeated still, but no matter what, we are still going to rep our hardest and hope that we get the win," said Baker.

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