When we asked last week what readers thought was the greatest football venue in Western Washington, one stadium stood out as the most popular: Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.
Keeney isn’t the most advanced stadium. Its artificial turf, for one, belongs on an episode of “I love the ’90s.” The limited visitor section gets more packed than I-5 at rush hour. And on a personal note, its press box is so small that one notable group has been pushed out of it: the press.
But if you want to know why so many people responded with Pop Keeney, go there tonight. And make sure you get there early, because with Woodinville hosting Bothell, it’s going to fill up early. And then it’s going to get loud, as you might expect more than 5,000 football fans would get. And with no track in the way, the fans are able to get close to the game.
Bothell coach Tom Bainter has been in this atmosphere as much as anyone, and he said, “You got to do hand signals. But it’s more than the noise that gets you, it’s the atmosphere. It just seems more important. It just seems bigger.”
This is where I’ll be tonight, but it’s certainly not the only place to be. At Goddard Stadium in Everett, either Edmonds-Woodway or Kamiak, both undefeated, will take over first place in the Wesco South. It won’t be easy to sweep through that division, but both these teams might be able to do it.
At Art Crate Stadium in Spanaway, Graham-Kapowsin’s Marcel Smith tries to keep up his unbelievable average of 241.2 rushing yards against Beamer, which really could use a win to stay in any playoff conversations.
Should be an exciting night. So where are you going to be tonight?
1. Andre Barrington, Federal Way, football. Threw passes of 81 and 27 yards — both as the halfback.
2. Mackenzie Garrett, Elizabeth Wright, Alexandra Beahen, Megan Benjamin, Diana Pollock and Kory Spotts, Eastlake, girls soccer. These six girls each scored in Eastlake’s 6-0 win against last year’s state champ, Woodinville. Big win.
3. Nicole Eddings, Issaquah, girls soccer. Notched her eighth shutout in nine games in 6-0 win against Newport.
Tonigh’ts top games
1. Edmonds-Woodway at Kamiak, football, 7 p.m. at Goddard Stadium. Can Kamiak’s battered defense stop E-W’s Tony Heard? It will if it wants to stay undefeated.
2. Bothell at Woodinville, football, 7:30 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium. As Denis Green might say: “Are the Cougars who we thought they were?” If we’re going to crown them as KingCo 4A champs, they’ll most likely have to win tonight.
3. Newport at Skyline, volleyball, 3:45 p.m. Newport has yet to lose even a game in a best-of-five match this season; Can Skyline (4-0 KingCo 3A) put an end to the streak?