Passing game helps Bellevue throttle Bothell, 35-7
Jack Meggs completed 7 of 8 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns — all before halftime — in leading top-ranked Bellevue to a convincing 35-7 win.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Prep sports gear
BOTHELL — Bellevue didn't abandon its celebrated wing-T offense, and the Wolverines didn't suddenly unveil the run-and-gun.
But against No. 5 Bothell on Friday night, at a packed Pop Keeney Stadium, the Wolverines did something they're not exactly known for: They won, in large part, by passing.
Quarterback Jack Meggs completed 7 of 8 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns — all before halftime — in leading top-ranked Bellevue to a convincing 35-7 win.
"We've got great athletes everywhere in the backfield, and it's hard to cover people when we're like that," Meggs said. "We just have so many weapons, and I was blessed with the opportunity to throw the ball and that we could get away from the wing-T a little."
Fresh off a victory in an overtime thriller against Trinity from Euless, Texas, Bellevue didn't show any signs of a hangover. Quite the opposite, actually.
The Wolverines simply looked dominant and worthy of all the national rankings that came their way in the wake of the Trinity game.
On Bellevue's first drive, Meggs flipped a pass to Budda Baker, who broke a tackle and took it 39 yards for a touchdown. Meggs went 3 for 4 passing on the opening drive.
On Bothell's next drive, Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack came untouched off the edge and freed the ball from quarterback Ross Bowers with a crushing hit. Jahkari Aujla-Singh returned the fumble 12 yards for another touchdown.
"Defensively, I feel like we should be good," Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said. "That's kind of the strength of our team, and we were better tonight."
Meggs, a baseball player, showed off his arm in the first half. He dropped a perfectly placed deep ball in the arms of Scott Whiting for a 38-yard touchdown. Later, after Bellevue's Max Richmond scored on a 12-yard run, Meggs drilled another deep pass to Whiting, who hauled it in around defenders for a 53-yard touchdown.
That put Bellevue up 35-0 at halftime before a subdued crowd.
"Those are men over there, and we're trying to become men," Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. "They came out and attacked us, and we didn't match their intensity. We didn't match their courage. We didn't match their drive or energy. And that's a good football team."
Goncharoff said the Wolverines need to become better at running their wing-T offense, but on Friday night that wasn't a problem.
"Honestly, we're better at the spread than we are at the wing-T right now," Goncharoff said. "So we came out and said, 'Let's pick the tempo up and pick the pace up.' We were successful with it."