I’ll just be posting some thoughts throughout the day of football here at Qwest Field, where Bellevue’s hosting the Best of the West Football Classic.
-I’ll tell you what: California ran right at Bellevue on a 15-play, 76 yard drive that ran off 6 minutes, 46 seconds, but the Grizzlies get just three points on a 19-yard field goal. California has the lead 3-0.
-Bellevue comes right back. Jamal Atofau’s 62-yard run set up a 3-yard TD by QB Joe Joe Connor. With 3:57 left, Bellevue leads 7-3.
-California fumbles on the kickoff, and Bellevue gets the ball back. And then Bellevue fumbles right back.
-After a quarter, Bellevue leads 7-3. California has 123 yards, but just three points to show for them. The Wolverines have 2nd and 5 at their own 7.
-Wolverines running back David Nguyen takes a carry 33 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Kick blocked. Three minutes into the second, Bellevue leads 13-3.
-After a Freddie Levine 74-yard run, Peter Nguyen runs in a 6-yard score that puts Bellevue ahead 20-3.
-California’s not done yet. With 1:52 left, Bo Stompro throws a 20-yards touchdown pass to Nick Zwarg on third-and-18. And now Bellevue’s lead is down to 10, 20-10.
-Nobody does this except for Belleve: a 94-yard touchdown, on 3rd and 11, with just 48 seconds left. But Peter Nguyen went up the middle, and he was gone. Bellevue’s up 27-10.
-But California comes right back again. With 22 seconds left, Stompro throws a beautiful 42-yard touchdown pass to Zwarg, and Bellevue’s lead is back down to 27-17. And California has the onside kick. Let’s see what they can do.
-A 44-yard field goal attempt is good — and California’s back in it. Bellevue leads 27-20.
-Bellevue had 365 rushing yards in the first half, but 82 penalty yards really hurt the Wolverines.
EARLIER (Bothell 42, Redmond 0)
-Bothell has a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Cougars’ Patrick Ottorbech returned the opening kick back for a TD, but that was called back on a penalty, so Bothell drove 88 yards in less than four minutes. Ottorbech had 55 rushing yards on the drive.
-That Patrick Ottorbech can sure fly. Through nine minutes, he has 98 yards rushing, 39 receiving yards and a one-yard score. Bothell leads 14-0.
-Ottorbech just had one of the more impressive runs you’ll see, shaking off about three tacklers on a 27-yard touchdown. He has 138 yards rushing and two TDs — through only 17 minutes.
-I had a feeling — and talking around the area this week, I wasn’t the only one — that Bothell would storm out today; the Cougars were just too good to get beaten so soundly in the first two weeks. And now, leading 28-0, we’re seeing a team closer to what many expected from Bothell, a good sign for the Cougs heading into KingCo play next week.
-Redmond might be better than it’s looked the past two weeks, but one thing’s for sure: the Mustangs can’t think about the postseason until they shore up their punting game. They just had another bad snap, but they were able to get the punt off for a 6-yard net.
-At halftime, Bothell leads 35-0. The Cougars have 319 yards of offense to Redmond’s 40, and Ottorbech has 11 carries for 171 yards, plus a 39-yard catch. Add it up, and that’s 210 yards of offense, not to mention he’s had a couple big ones called back.
-Cool name alert: Lars Moi just ran in a 4-yard score for Bothell, which has its third-stringers in. Cougs lead 42-0.
FINAL: Bothell 42, Redmond 0
-Kamiak won the first game, winning 35-2 against Shorewood. It wasn’t really ever close, and Knight QB Sam Ruppel had two rushing touchdowns and another passing touchdown, which went 6 yards to Tyler Lambert.
-We’re in the middle of the Eastlake-Woodinville game now, with Eastlake ahead 7-0. Eastlake’s running a short-pass offense that’s really moving the ball and controlling the clock. QB Drake Furcini looks solid. Woodinville DB Eric Ninomiya has made some impressive plays, including a hit that induced the PA announcer to say, “Oh my.”
-Nice run by Woodinville QB Tim Ip, who goes 35 yards on 4th-and-4 with only 50 seconds left in the first half.
-It’s still 7-7 as we head to the fourth. I concur with colleague Craig Smith, who says, “There’s been some great hitting in this game.”
-Eastlake’s Jeffery Grotjahn just intercepted Woodinville’s Tim Ip at the Woodinville 36, so the Wolves will have the ball with about six minutes left.
-Eastlake has 3rd and 4 at the Woodinville 11 with 1:28 left. Something interesting’s about to happen…
-Ouch. Holding penalty sends Eastlake back…
-2 seconds left, and Eastlake’s about to kick a 32-yard field goal…
-It’s no good. Might have been blocked; hard to tell. Heading to OT.
-Eastlake doesn’t score on its first possession of OT.
-HUGE PASS on 4th-and-12 by Tim Ip, who finds Trevor Kelly open and gets the ball down to the 10. Woodinville’s in position to win it.
-Woodinville wins it. A 28-yard field goal by Connor Jones gets through, and it’s over. Woodinville wins 10-7.