Bellevue never trailed on Friday night at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood, handing Lakes its first loss of the year, 35-14 and advancing to next week’s 3A state semi-finals against either Kennewick or Kamiakin.
The Wolverines’ defense set the tone from the opening drive, forcing a turnover on downs after a David Wood pass sailed high on fourth-and-one and allowing the Lancers only half of their previous low point total for the season. Both Michael Carlson and Nathan DeRider intercepted passes for a Bellevue defense that has allowed 20 points or more only twice on the year.
“They’re a big play team,” Carlson said. “We just focused on staying over the top and making plays.”
Bellevue defensive backs coach Danny Razore echoed his junior safety's sentiments.
"We knew we were going to come in facing a Lakes team that was similar to Oaks Christian in terms of speed," Razore said. "Our main goal was to take away the big play, which we did for the most part."
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