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September 20, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Thoughts from Best of the West

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.



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