11 years since the greatest High School streak ended

On September 4, 2004 the longest winning streak in the history of high school football came to an end. On this Fall Saturday evening the unbeatable Spartans from De La Salle in Concord, California traveled to Seattle to take on local power house Bellevue High. I remember this game well as I was one of the 24,987 fans that filled Qwest Field (now Century Link Stadium). Even as the four-time defending national champion Spartans took the field optimism filled the air amongst the strong contingent of Wolverine fans. By 2004 Bellevue had already established itself as Washington’s premier football team, having won three straight state championships. Even with all the accolades, could a team with a 14 year old starting quarterback really take down a squad that hadn’t lost a game since 1992?

Bellevue winning 39-20, and controlling the Spartans maybe didn’t shock the world but how they did it is pretty unbelievable. A De La Salle team that amassed 39 shutouts during their streak allowed 460 total yards against the Wolverines, all rushing! Inexperienced sophomore quarterback Eric Block never even attempted a pass while future All-American J.R. Hasty punished the Spartan defense with 271 rushing yards. As time expired a shocked crowd watched as players hugged and danced on the giant Seahawks logo at midfield. This win established Bellevue as a household name and enabled them to take on other nationally ranked teams from across the nation. Next week, the number one ranked team in the nation Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas will travel to the Pacific Northwest and add yet another chapter in this storied program’s history.

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High School Football Season Starting with a Bang!

The 2014 high school football season is starting off this year with two big interstate games involving four ranked teams loaded with Division 1 talent. Interstate high school football games are usually reserved for the top teams in the nation and this year is no exception. The season will kick off down south at a true high school football Mecca; Hoover, Alabama.

No. 15 Central (Miami) at No. 3 Hoover (Ala.), Aug. 23

The Hoover Buccaneers are coming off their second straight state championship under Coach Josh Niblett. Coach Niblett has taken the Alabama football powerhouse to a whole other level these last two years by going 30-0. This year’s team will be led by All-State running back Bradrick Shaw and linebacker Christian Bell. Facing off against the Bucs is No. 15 Central High School out of Miami. Central is also coming off back to back state championships and is looking to start the year with a big non-conference win. The most explosive player to watch on August 23rd is wide receiver Da’vante Phillips. The Rockets will need him to have a huge game against a Hoover defense that returns 5 division one recruits. Can Central break Hoover’s two year winning streak?

No. 16 Bellevue (WA) at No. 19 Serra (Gardena, Calif.), Sept. 6

The Bellevue Wolverines are entering the 2014 Honor Bowl in Oceanside, California against Serra High School with a 54 game winning streak. Coach Butch Goncharoff hasn’t lost since September 11, 2010 which ranks as the 3rd longest streak in the Nation. The Wolverines have put together this run behind the almost unstoppable Wing-T Offense that has won Bellevue state championships 11 of the last 14 seasons. Opposing Bellevue is maybe the best defense in the nation. Serra high school boosts two five star recruits on the defensive side, defensive tackle Rasheem Green and linebacker John Houston. These two potential All-Americans will have a tough test against a Bellevue squad who over the years has taken down some of the nation’s top teams. The winner of this game will be one step closer to being called the West Coast’s top team!

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