The whistle blew and blew, maybe just loud enough they could hear it even in Spokane: the Blue Train is coming.
If you’ve seen Bothell this postseason, you’ve seen a team playing almost as well as any team could. Take away three foolish mistakes Friday night — a bad halfback pass, a goalline interception and a fumble on a punt that shouldn’t have been touched — and Bothell played an almost perfect game in its 42-14 victory against Oak Harbor.
This is Bothell through three weeks of the playoffs: 35-0 against Gig Harbor, 31-17 against eighth-ranked Central Kitsap and 42-14 against fourth-ranked Oak Harbor. There’s a reason the Cougars are ranked No. 1 in the state right now. And if I could redo my rankings from a few days ago, I’d probably slide Bothell up to first, whether they have to go to Spokane next week or not.
Speaking of dominating performances, I can’t not mention O’Dea, which continues to roll through Class 3A. Here’s the Irish schedule. I don’t see too many weaknesses there, do you? Perhaps my concerns about the strength of O’Dea’s opponents this year is a bit overblown. The Irish, it appears, are just that good. If they play Bellevue next week at the Dome — Bellevue would have to win at Southridge of Kennewick today — that would be the game of the week.
The soccer championships are today. This is the schedule:
4A: Eastlake vs. Beamer, 8 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium
3A: Issaquah vs. Seattle Prep, 6 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium
2A: Burlington-Edison vs. Fife, 4 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium
1A: LaSalle vs. Meridian, 2 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium
Here’s today’s football schedule:
Graham-Kapowsin at Ferris, 1:30 p.m.
Lewis & Clark at Inglemoor, 1:30 p.m. at Pop Keeney
Eastlake at Edmonds-Woodway, 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
Kennewick at Skyline, 1 p.m.
Bellevue at Southridge (Kennewick), 4:30 p.m.
Tumwater at Othello, 4 p.m.
Burlington-Edison at Pullman, 6 p.m.
Prosser at Bellingham, 2 p.m. at Everett Memorial
Lynden at Fife, 7 p.m. at Curtis
Cascade at Royal, 1p.m.
Kalama at Cascade Christian, 7:30 p.m. in Sumner
Cashmere at Connell, 1 p.m.
Meridian at Montesano, 7 p.m.
I’ll be at Husky Stadium today, so I’ll be spotty with updates. But check back because Zach and Josh should be bringing you an update on the soccer tournament. Considering all that offense yesterday (there were three 0-0 games through overtime), I’m sure they’ll have plenty to say.
1. Johri Fogerson, O’Dea, football. It took him only eight carries to rack up 200 yards and four touchdowns in O’Dea’s 42-7 victory against Meadowdale.
2. Erich Armstrong, Franklin Pierce, football. Was just a pain in Ferndale’s side all night. He had 164 yards passing, 115 rushing and an interception in the Cardinals’ 35-28 victory. To quote the Bellingham Herald, “If Whatcom County football fans weren’t familiar with the name Erich Armstrong before Friday, they certainly are now.”
3. Patrick Ottorbech, Bothell, football. Had all of his 138 rushing yards — and three touchdowns — in the first half of Bothell’s 42-14 victory against Oak Harbor. I got the sense the Cougars couldn’t wait to unleash Ottorbech, whose quickness perfectly suits the artificial turf at Pop Keeney. It would fit the Tacoma Dome, too, but Graham-Kapowsin needs to beat Ferris today, or else Bothell’s going to Spokane next week.
4. Jordan Salisbury, Beamer, soccer. Headed in a Megan Miller corner kick for the only goal of Beamer’s 1-0 victory against Woodinville. So the defending champs are out, leaving Eastlake or Beamer to take the championship.
5. Lindsay Elston, Eastlake, soccer. Scored the tying goal with seven minutes left, then the clincher in the shootout as Eastlake moved on.