Its top team, Bothell, steamrolled Gig Harbor, a team that three weeks ago was sixth in the state.
Its second-place team, Eastlake, went up big on Bethel and then survived the Braves’ startling comeback.
Its third-place team, Woodinville, went on the road to Vancouver and ran all over Heritage, the second-place team in the Greater St. Helens league.
Its fourth-place team, Inglemoor, went to Rogers — the SPSL 4A South champion — and won 7-3.
And even its fifth-place team, Ballard, gave third-ranked Edmonds-Woodway a game.
If postseason performance is the true measure of a conference’s strength, KingCo 4A flexed the biggest muscles in the playoffs’ first weekend.
I should point out that the WesCo North — where Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Cascade all won — also got off to a strong start. But I’m still sticking with the conference that’s had three of the last four teams to play in the state championship game.
And in KingCo 4A, I have to start at the top, where Bothell couldn’t have impressed more Saturday night.
I’ll admit it, I thought this matchup had some serious upset potential. I was blinded by the size of Gig Harbor, and thought the Cougars wouldn’t be able to get a push on either line.
I was wrong.
Bothell won 35-0, but if it’s possible, the game was even more lopsided that that. The yardage: Bothell 426, Gig Harbor 59. That’s domination, and frankly, we hadn’t seen that from the Cougs this season against a playoff opponent. Against Woodinville, the game was tight until the fourth quarter. Then Bothell beat Eastlake and Inglemoor by a combined nine points.
After the playoffs’ first weekend, though, perhaps Bothell’s KingCo 4A opponents were just that tough.
What impressed you most this weekend?
1. Ryan Prentice, Mount Rainier, cross-country. Won the Class 3A race with a time of 16:01. Also, congrats to Olivia Thomas of King’s, who won the girls’ Class 1A race.
2. Lorne Bridgford, Cascade, football. Senior ran for 244 yards and two touchdowns, including the winner as time expired, in Cascade’s 27-21 victory against Federal Way.
3. Jordan Keddie, Redmond, girls soccer. Keddie, a backup, was sick all week, to the point that the Mustangs were looking at which positition players would work best in goal. But she played Saturday night and shut out Skyview of Vancouver to send Redmond to the state tournament.