Special teams fuel Bellevue’s 49-6 win over Bothell
Budda Baker had four first-half touchdowns — two on returns — in the Wolverines’ rout.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It was a special-teams kind of night.
In Bellevue’s 49-6 win over Bothell on Friday night, special teams stole the show.
Bellevue running back Budda Baker was the main attraction, gaining 163 yards and two touchdowns on a punt and kick return in the first quarter. He had four touchdowns in the first half alone.
“He’s probably the best I’ve ever had,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff of his star. “He’s an amazing kid, and everybody around here, I tell them, ‘Better love him, because next year when he’s gone, there’s going to be a big hole.’ ”
Bothell’s special teams and defense had no way of stopping Bellevue’s run game. The other two first-half touchdowns came from Sam Richmond, who racked up 68 yards on the ground, and the Wolverines, ranked No. 1 in 3A, had 196 total yards on the ground.
Bellevue held Bothell to under 100 yards rushing, and 53 of those came from running back Samuel McPherson, who also had the Cougars’ lone touchdown.
Bellevue grabbed a 28-6 lead on a 9-yard Baker run early in the second quarter. Goncharoff attributed that early cushion to the scoring and good field position his special teams provided.
The Wolverines were forced to do most of their work on the ground because of quarterback Timmy Haehl’s inability to complete his passes. He was 2 for 9 for 14 yards on the night.
“It’s what high-school football is, and we’ll continue to get better,” Goncharoff said of his pass game.
Baker said something similar to what he said after last weekend’s win over Skyline.
Between Bellevue’s three second-half fumbles and 17 penalties, Baker said the Wolverines need to clean up their mistakes this week.
“There’s no such thing as a bad win,” he said. “...But we can’t have 17 penalties, can’t have that many fumbled snaps if you want to get where you want to go. We’ve just got a lot of work to do.”