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.