Bellevue tops ESPN.com, SI.com rankings | Prep sports news
December 10, 2012 · Updated 1:51 PM
The season may be over for the Bellevue football team, but the historic milestones keep coming.
A loss by previously top-ranked Manatee of Bradenton, Fla., put the top spot in the ESPN.com national football rankings up for grabs and it was coach Butch Goncharoff's Wolverines who were the beneficiary. It is the first time in program history Bellevue has been ranked as the top team in the country.
As the rankings note, several teams near the top still have multiple games to play, including a DeSoto, Tex. squad that holds the top spot according to MaxPreps.com and has already defeated the same Trinity team Bellevue beat to open the season. Katy, the team the Wolverines traveled to face during the 2009 season, are also in the top five and could make a leap with a state title.
WIAA 4A state champion Skyline moved up three spots to number 19 nationally and is the only other team from Washington in the rankings.
Here is where Bellevue stands according to the national outlets with top-ranked team in parenthesis:
ESPN.com RecruitingNation Rankings - 1
SI.com - 1
MaxPreps.com - 4 (DeSoto)
Rivals.com - 8 (DeSoto)
Scout.com - 5 (John Curtis, River Ridge, La.)
USA Today Super 25 - 3 (John Curtis)