Bellevue bounces back by beating Garfield Bulldogs

Isaiah Ifanse runs for 174 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolverines, who lost their season opener, take down short-handed Garfield 34-16.

BELLEVUE — It was all about turning things around and winning again for the Bellevue Wolverines.

The goal was plain and simple after the tradition-rich school lost its third consecutive season opener.

With everyone doing a little more after a loss to Richland last week, Bellevue left little doubt as senior Isaiah Ifanse churned out 174 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-16 win over eighth-ranked but undermanned Garfield in a nonleague game on Friday night.

The Wolverines (1-1) weren’t just a one-man show with Ifanse. Junior running back Quinn Sullivan added 104 yards, including a 41-yard TD burst, on 10 carries.

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“We just really wanted to win off of that late touchdown that Richland had and we just wanted to come out here and prove that we belong with the best in Washington,” Sullivan said. “I just want to win.”

Several Bulldog regulars weren’t suited to play on Friday, led by impact players Tre’Shaun Harrison (receiver, concussion), Jovon McConico (receiver, wrist) and Colby Burton (quarterback).

“I did see that Garfield had a couple of guys who didn’t play,” Bellevue coach Mark Landes said. “It looked like they got the injury bug and we didn’t play their full staff, but we’ll take it.”

While the Bulldogs were missing some leadership, Bellevue leaned on guys like Ifanse.

“He kind of brings a leadership at all times and is cool and collected,” Sullivan said of Ifanse, who had 21 carries. “He’s just a really good teammate and he leads us. He means everything to us. He’s someone I look up to and everyone looks up to.”

Sophomore Javon Tade made his first high-school start at quarterback for Garfield. Tade finished 16 of 29 passing for 164 yards with two interceptions and added 45 yards rushing.

The two teams lined up hand-in-hand with alternating players from each team before the start of the game.

Bellevue outgained the Bulldogs 399 yards to 253. All of the Wolverines’ yardage came on the ground.

“You know Richland was a great team and they were really physical and we were dinged up,” Landes, whose sophomore son, Cameron, played a fair portion of the second half at quarterback, replacing Joey…

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