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Bellevue’s Ross Connors is wide open as he catches a touchdown pass. (Associated Press)

Bellevue crushes Eastside Catholic to win State 3A football title

TACOMA – Timmy Haehl ran for two touchdowns, passed for one and returned an interception for another to help Bellevue crush Eastside Catholic 52-20 on Friday night for its sixth consecutive State 3A football title.

The victory extended Bellevue’s state-record winning streak to 54 games and gave the Wolverines (14-0) their 11th championship in the last 13 years. They have won 23 straight playoff games.

Haehl rushed for 116 yards on eight carries and completed 7 of 7 passes for 91 yards.

He picked off two passes, including one for a 33-yard touchdown return in the third quarter and the other one in the end zone to stop a scoring threat on the game’s opening drive.

Budda Baker rushed 18 times for 101 yards and a touchdown for Bellevue.

Haehl and Sam Richmond each ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter to help give the Wolverines a 35-7 halftime lead. Bellevue’s 28 second-quarter points set a title-game record for most points in a quarter, breaking the mark of 21 set by Burlington-Edison in 1977.

Eastside Catholic (11-3), which lost to Bellevue 35-3 in last year’s title game, trailed only 7-0 after one quarter before Haehl broke loose for a 70-yard touchdown run to ignite the second-quarter explosion against the Sammamish school from east of Seattle.

Eastside Catholic sophomore Harley Kirsch completed 27 of 37 passes for 266 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown, which he threw on the final play of the game.

He threw 35 touchdown passes this season.

Colin Bolt had nine receptions for 95 yards for Eastside Catholic while Brandon Wellington had seven catches for 50 yards.

Eastside Catholic lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions. The Wolverines didn’t commit a turnover.

Bellevue hasn’t lost since a 28-21 defeat against Skyline in 2010.