Predicted winners in bold…
Top Half of the Bracket
Bellevue vs. Lakes
Two of the best 3A programs of this decade face off in the Tacoma Dome Friday night. Bellevue and Lakes seem to find their way to the state semifinals annually.
Bellevue features their usual run oriented attack that relies on confusing the defense and great run blocking to break off big plays. Kendrick Van Ackeren is an experienced quarterback that runs the offense efficiently. It seems like the Wolverines have a dozen running backs that can punish you, but the featured back will be Latrelle Dukes. Lakes will have no issue keeping the ball on the ground. Levonte Littlejohn and Cedric Dozier are the big playmakers for Lakes and Bellevue will have to be disciplined to avoid them breaking out. Fans will also notice Lakes offensive tackle Zach Banner, who stands 6'8" 295lbs, who looks like he could be playing on Sundays.
Both teams are very solid and athletic on defense. In a close game, the team that can get the early stops will have a huge advantage. In the end, Bellevue is too good in the big game and seems to be peaking as the season comes to a close. I think the Wolverines win by two scores…
Bottom Half of the Bracket
Capital vs. Kamiakin
Joey Jansen leads the Kamiakin offense that hung an impressive 44 points on Mt. Spokane last weekend. Capital survived a close game with O'Dea, 13-12, their first challenge in weeks.
Kamiakin has a balanced attack; Joey Jansen throws the rock to Tim White and hands it to running back Dom Davis. Capital has to deal with the challenge of traveling over the mountains and playing in the cold weather. That shouldn't change their game plan of handing the ball to senior running back Tyler Sundberg. Stopping Sundberg, who has rushed for nearly 2,500 yards this season, will be Kamiakin's toughest task.
I think this will be a close game, but Kamiakin pulls out a victory in the end. Both teams can run the ball, but I will give the advantage to Kamiakin in the passing game.
Bellevue vs. Kamiakin
12/3, Tacoma Dome, 4pm