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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

November 16, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Live from Pop Keeney

FINAL: 42-14, BothellHave to write for the print, but I’ll have more tomorrow on a dominating game by the Cougars, who move on to the Class 4A semifinals.

8:52 left, 4th Q: Oak Harbor gets one score back, on a 4-yard Chris Valencia run. But it doesn’t look like they’ll have enough time to get them all back. The crowd’s cheering “overrated,” but I don’t think that’s the case with Oak Harbor. Just a rough night against a tough team. It happens. Bothell still ahead 42-14.

2:54 left, 3rd Q: That might have just been the nail. Johnny Hekker hits Perry Conricode on a fade route for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Bothell on top, 42-7.

3:05 left, 3rd Q: Jonathon Kirchner, Bothell’s starting RB, caps off seven-play, 40-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Now it’s 35-7 Bothell.

HALFTIME, 28-7 Bothell. They might already be making travel plans to Spokane in the stands here. Bothell’s given no reason to doubt the Cougars will wrap this one up. Oak Harbor hasn’t stopped Bothell yet — only Bothell has stopped itself, with a fumble and then an interception on a bad halfback pass.

Oak Harbor needs to find a way to stop Bothell’s Patrick Ottorbech, and it needs to find it fast. Ottorbech, the backup to senior starter Jonathon Kirchner, has already racked up more yards (138) and carries (13) than he has had at any point this season.

Have to do some writing now for the print edition, but I’ll be back with updates until it’s over.

:55 left, 2nd Q: Patrick Ottorbech just ran for another touchdown, this one a 36-yarder on a draw play. By my rough count, he has 138 yards and three touchdowns so far. Bothell up big, 28-7.

10:48 left, 2nd Q: Patrick Ottorbech runs in another one, this one to the left. Bothell has now scored more than it did in the entire game last time. Bothell 21-7.

END 1st Q What an eventful quarter. We’ve had two fumbles, an interception and three touchdowns. Bothell’s driving right now with a 14-7 lead.

4:40 left, 1st Q: Bothell comes right back. Wow. Johnny Hekker throws a 48-yard touchdown to Perry Conricode on a play-action pass. Bothell leads 14-7.

6:06 left, 1st Q: Oak Harbor’s Chris Valencia scores on a 16-yard run after Oak Harbor recoverd a Bothell fumble on a punt return on the 16. Tied 7-7.

8:19 left, 1st Q: Bothell sophomore Patrick Otterbech runs right for a 15-yard touchdown run, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive. 7-0 Bothell

Last week’s blog from Skyline got so much response, we’re going to do it again, this time at what I think has to be the game of the week: Oak Harbor at Bothell.

Even at 5:30 p.m., when I luckily found a parking spot two hours before game time, open spots were scarce. An hour later, after dinner, I walked into a packed Pop Keeney. There are more people and media here than any of the limited times I’ve been here before. It’s going to be a great environment for what should be an even better game, a rematch of last year’s Class 4A final.

This is only the second time this postseason I haven’t seen both teams prior to the game, so this is a hard one for me to size up. I have seen Bothell a few times. They’re small and fast and incredibly disciplined, with one of the state’s top turnover margins.

I’m told you could say similar things for Oak Harbor, but there’s nothing small about Oak Harbor receivers Mike Bell (6-5, 215 pounds) and Rodrick Rumble (6-3, 205). Bothell has maybe only seen one passing game like this all season in fifth-ranked Eastlake. The Cougars won that one 19-13.

One thing to look for early is how the first quarter plays out. Bothell has outscored its opponents 127-6 in the first quarter this season.

One side note: Bothell QB Johnny Hekker, as expected, is in uniform and warming up. He doesn’t have a brace on that sore left knee, so it appears he’s doing well.

I’ll be back with updates throughout. Have a great Friday night.

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