Bellevue and Skyline each concluded the season with perfect 14-0 records – a fact that no doubt will keep local fans busy arguing for years over who would win in a match up of these powerhouses.
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Meanwhile, in California, quarterback Jeff Tuel racked up more than 200 all-purpose yards and converted four of four fourth-down plays to lead Clovis West of Fresno to a 24-7 win over rival Clovis East for the Central Section Division I championship. And in California's the North Coast Division IV championship, Justin-Siena High of Napa – which features incoming Cougar defensive tackle Justin Clayton – defeated Alhambra 28-14.
In Southern California, nationally ranked Centennial High of Corona – with future WSU Arthur Burns starring at running back – defeated Murrieta Valley 38-17 to earn a spot in the Inland Section Division II championship game next weekend. Centennial is 13-0 on the season. Burns averages 128 ground yards per outing.
FOLLOWING TUEL'S FRIDAY night heroics, the Fresno Bee wrote: "It was last season, if not the season before, Clovis West figured to dominate with that well-advertised Class of 2008 - the one with quarterback Beau Sweeney, running back Matt Jelmini, safety Kyle Negrete and all those stars. But along came Tuel, who hadn't thrown a varsity pass, but, Friday, completed 12 of 16 attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown. And, just as important, he carried 15 times for 80 yards and a score with deceptive speed and keen vision out of a shotgun formation."
NOTABLE: Atofau and Simone won't be the only new Cougars with championship trophies from the state of Washington. Defensive end Chris Mastin was a junior mainstay a year ago for Spokane's Lewis & Clark High when the Tigers won the Class 4A title over Bothell.