Eastside Catholic and Bellevue meet Friday for the 3A state championship in a rematch of last year’s title game.
The Reporter looks at a few of the numbers that will loom large in the Tacoma Dome.
The number of points the Wolverines allowed to Shadle Park, which entered the game scoring more than 40 points per game, in last week’s 66-0 semi-final win. Only one team, Peninsula, scored more than 14 points against Bellevue this season.
In his first year as the full-time starter, Eastside Catholic sophomore quarterback Harley Kirsch has thrown only a single interception.
That came in the waning minutes of last week’s semi-final win over rival O’Dea, and only after he had thrown three scores to stake his team to a 21-point lead.
Both EC and Bellevue played four regular season games against teams that made the playoffs.
The Crusaders lost 27-21 to Sammamish neighbor Eastlake, a 4A quarterfinal team, in the second week and also O’Dea in mid-October. EC won regular season games over Seattle Prep and Blanchet, which each made the round of 32.
The Wolverines trounced a pair of Class 4A foes that made the state tournament, beating Skyline 45-7 in the opening week and coming back to dump Bothell 49-6.
Against Mount Si and Mercer Island, which took the other two spots from 3A KingCo to the district round, Bellevue won by a combined score of 101-20.
Eastside Catholic has been held under its season average of 36.4 points per game only three times this year, in a 27-21 loss to Eastlake and playoff wins over Meadowdale (21-16) and O’Dea (28-14).
Something has to give when the Crusaders have the ball, with the Bellevue defense allowing fewer than eight points per game on the year. The Wolverines own three shutouts on the season, with two of those coming in the past four games.