Bellevue (13-0) is coming off a 28-6 win over Capital in which Atofau -- an All-Area defensive back -- rushed for two TDs. The game was played on Monday –- four days later than scheduled -- because Bellevue's team bus rolled over on I-5 last Thursday morning. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.
The state of Washington's Class 4A championship game -- Skyline vs. Issaquah -- also features a Cougar verbal commitment (albeit a soft one) in the form of Gino Simone, the state's top-rated prospect. He stars at receiver, safety and kick returner. Skyline is 13-0 and rated among the top 10 high schools in the nation by USA Today.
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Burns is averaging 128 rushing yards per game this season for the defending champions.
Tuel, a signal caller with both wheels and an arm, put an exclamation point on Clovis West's late-season surge last weekend when he passed for 175 yards and rushed for another 80 in a dramatic 24-21 Central Section Division 1 semi-final win over Bullard. Tuel fired a 37-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to secure CW its fifth-straight win. The Golden Eagles are now 9-3 and will take on rival Clovis East this weekend.
PLAYOFF NOTES ON OTHER FUTURE COUGS:
• Andre Barrington's Federal Way High team was bounced from the 4A playoffs in a quarter-final loss to Simone's Skyline team. Barrington this week was named to the Seattle Times' All-Area team at linebacker.
• Offensive lineman Quayshawn Buckley of Colony High in Ontario, Calif., saw his hopes for a third straight Southern Section Central Division championship dashed when Colony was upset in a first-round playoff game.
• Linebacker Darren Markle of Mountain View High in Meridian, Idaho, helped guide his school to its first-ever state playoff win before going down in the 5A semifinals. Mountain View finished 8-2, with Markle earning All-Area plaudits and team defensive MVP honors.