Bellevue Christian Vikings junior Sam Tefft is one of the most dominating lineman in the Class 1A division. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Bellevue Christian Vikings junior Sam Tefft is one of the most dominating lineman in the Class 1A division. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Tefft is a towering presence in the trenches

Bellevue Christian lineman dominates on both sides of the ball.

Football games are won and lost in the trenches of the offensive line.

The Bellevue Christian Vikings football program possesses one of the most intimidating players on its offensive and defensive lines in Washington’s 1A classification. Vikings junior offensive tackle/defensive tackle Sam Tefft, who is 6-foot, 3-inches tall and 280 pounds, is one of the largest players on his team but it isn’t his size that sets him apart.

“It is all about technique and speed. You need that to be able to beat your opponent. It is one of the most important parts of playing offensive and defensive line. Playing defensive line, it is basically kill or be killed and on o-line I got to protect the commander in chief which is our quarterback Mick Larsen. He is a great quarterback,” Tefft said. “We want to win football games and testify to the Lord.”

Tefft is a huge fan of Vikings head football coach Todd Green, who has coached the Vikings since the 2013 season.

“He brings so much excitement to the game. He is a great example of what a Christ-like figure should be and is such a great coach. He is very passionate about football. I definitely look up to him,” Tefft said.

Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Tefft a few questions about his life away from the football field.

Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Sam Tefft: It is “Remember the Titans.” That movie has a lot of heart.

BR: What is your favorite restaurant in Bellevue?

ST: Daniel’s Broiler (steakhouse). They have great steak and great mashed potatoes.

BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

ST: It is probably when people don’t put in enough work to play in the game. I don’t like slackers.

BR: What is your dream vacation spot?

ST: Couer D’Alene, Idaho. We have a cabin over there that is really nice.

BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

ST: Sometimes I like to write.

BR: What is your favorite dinner dish?

ST: My mom and my dad make burgers and steak. It is some of my favorite stuff right there. My dad’s homemade steak is awesome.

BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

ST: Ray Lewis (National Football League Hall of Fame linebacker). He is one of my role models. I look up to him.

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