According to The Seattle Times, Bellevue and Bishop Gorman will be squaring-off in Washington this year. The newspaper says that Bellevue head coach Butch Goncharoff confirmed the match-up for Week 2 earlier this week, saying “the deal is in place, it just needs to be made official.”
Bellevue is no stranger to playing top-notch teams from outside of the State of Washington. The Wolverines, who are best known as the program that halted De La Salle‘s (California) 151-game win streak, have taken on Euless Trinity and Katy from Texas. Last year, the Wolverines traveled to The Honor Bowl in Southern California, beating a very good Serra team (highlights above).
Bishop Gorman, which has won six straight Nevada big school titles, is no stranger to playing the first half of its schedule against tough out-of-state opponents. This past season, the Gaels, who finished #3 in the nation in High School Football America’s Top 25, played St. John Bosco, Santa Margarita and Servite from California’s rugged Trinity League, plus 2014 California Open Division runner-up Corona Centennial, Utah 5A champ Bingham and Brophy Prep from Arizona.
Gorman, which earlier this week announced that Kenny Sanchez will be taking over as head coach, replacing his brother Tony, who left to become the head coach at UNLV, is expected to start the season near the top of the national rankings in 2015 with quarterback Tate Martell heading into his junior year. Martell was named MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year in 2014.
Bellevue saw its string of six straight Washington 3A state championships snapped in early December when the Wolverines lost to Eastside Catholic in the state championship game. The loss also ended Bellevue’s 67 game win streak. The Wolverines were ranked #9 in the nation at the time of the defeate.
The Seattle Times story also states that the game could be televised nationally.