KENNEWICK -- Some watched the video. Some didn't. It wasn't a pretty sight.
A 6 1/2-minute span in which three turnovers led to three touchdowns, and Kamiakin's state championship dream turned into a nightmare performance.
Last year's 38-0 loss to Bellevue in the 3A championship game has been a sharp spur for the Braves this season.
And at 3 p.m. today at Lampson Stadium, they will finally get another crack at the team that symbolizes excellence in Washington high school football.
"We know if you do want to win a state title, you've got to go through Bellevue," said Kamiakin coach Scott Biglin. "It's a tough task, but we like the challenge."
It doesn't get much bigger than Bellevue, the three-time defending champ and winner of eight of the last 10 Class 3A titles.
Biglin said he put off looking at video of last year's game, but finally had to take a look as part of this week's matchup.
What he saw -- what anyone would see -- was the Wolverines' wing-T offense marching 80 yards on the opening drive for a touchdown; was a 56-yard run on fourth-and-inches making it 17-0 Bellevue with 41/2 minutes left in the half; was an interception and a fumble returned in the final 2 minutes of the half for two mores scores.
"A lot of games, Bellevue does a really good job of creating turnovers," Biglin said. "When you play a phenomenal team like Bellevue, you can't do that."
Easier said than done, he added, as the turnovers "were caused by Bellevue. It's not just us being crappy."
Bellevue, ranked as high as fifth in the nation, doesn't make it easy on anyone's passing game, with 23 interceptions this season. Three players have four, and none of them is Tyler Hasty, a Pac-12 recruit who had the 77-yard pick-six against the Braves last season.
Kamiakin did have success running against the Wolverines last season, gaining 135 yards on 26 carries. Zach Umemoto led the way with 63 yards, and he has 1,453 yards and 16 TDs this season as Kamiakin has run the ball more than ever in Biglin's three seasons.
On offense, Bellevue makes no bones about running right at you. Of course, with the backs and quarterbacks running this way and that behind that big offensive line, it's hard to figure out where the ball is going.
"The key to stopping a team like that is take care of your assignment and stay home," said Kamiakin defensive end Joe Hunt, the CBBN 3A defensive player of the year.
Bellevue's wing-T offense, once a staple among high schools, is now the exception.
"Sunnyside is good at it," said Umemoto, also an all-league linebacker, "but they haven't perfected it like Bellevue."
Few teams have the size of the Wolverines -- center Michael Kneip is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds and athletic, and Jake Eldrenkamp (6-5, 290) is nearly a mirror at tackle. And few have a play-maker like Hasty, who lines up at quarterback but is most dangerous carrying the ball.
He ran for 113 yards and four touchdowns last week in Bellevue's 35-14 win over No. 2 Lakes. But the danger of the Wolverines' offense is how any number of runners can hurt you -- eight of them are averaging better than 5 yards a carry. In two playoff games, Bellevue has racked up 647 yards.
"Win or lose," Hunt said, "we want to hit them in the mouth, play as hard as we can and show them we belong."
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