Bellevue captures convincing victory against Interlake on the gridiron

For the second consecutive week the Bellevue Wolverines football team’s defense unveiled a stellar performance.

Bellevue dominated in all phases of the game, cruising to a 47-6 victory against the Interlake Saints in a Class 3A KingCo contest on Oct. 6 at Bellevue Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines improved their overall record to 5-1 with the win. Interlake dropped to 1-5 overall. Bellevue’s defense has surrendered just six points in the past eight quarters of play. Interlake’s lone touchdown came on a 2-yard touchdown run by Clement Dilinseger with 8:28 left in regulation. The Wolverines forced three Interlake turnovers in the first half. Bellevue linebacker/running back Quinn Sullivan had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving his team a 13-0 lead with 3:55 left in the first quarter. Wolverines’ cornerback Javon Griggs picked off Interlake quarterback Elijah Barnes in the first half as well.

“Our defense played great. Our coaches got them working hard,” Bellevue head coach Mark Landes said following the game.

Offensively, the Wolverines rushing attack was superb against the Saints. Bellevue senior running back Stiles Saterlee had two rushing touchdowns in Bellevue’s fifth victory of the 2017 season. Bellevue senior Isaiah Ifanse and junior KJ Wright each had one rushing touchdown as well. Landes was impressed with Sullivan, Ifanse and Saterlee’s ability to move the chains consistently against Interlake.

“They just run really hard. It gives us a lot of weopans and opens stuff up for us,” he said.

Bellevue junior quarterback Joey Echigoshima connected with wide receiver Jalen Love on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 9:33 left in the second quarter. Echigoshima hooked up with receiver Hunter Hansen on a 14-yard touchdown strike over the middle of the field in heavy traffic, extending the Wolverines lead to 40-0 with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Bellevue will face the Mercer Island Islanders at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Mercer Island High School.

“We just got to get a little better every week. I know that is kind of cliche but that’s really our challenge. We want to work hard and be a little more crisp,” Landes said.

Interlake head coach Brian Hartline said his team made too many miscues in the first half of action against the Wolverines.

“It is the same thing I told the kids at halftime. You have to put the score out of your mind and just take it one play at a time. We had an uphill battle from the beginning,” Harltine said. “We did some good things on defense early. We had an early stop (Lucas Varela tackled a Bellevue ballcarrier short of a first down on a fourth down play). We got a little momentum. You can’t expect to be competitive against a really good team when that (three turnovers) happens.”

Interlake will host Lake Washington in a Class 3A KingCo matchup at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Bellevue.