“We learned we’re not invincible tonight,” Skyline QB Jake Heaps said after Skyline’s 16-12 escape from Bothell.
The Spartans trailed twice — 9-3 and then 12-9 with five minutes left — something they had not done all season. Shoot, Skyline’s starting D had not given up a point before this game. But Bothell had a great game plan to get pressure on Heaps and gobble the clock on offense, and the game was just five minutes too long. Bothell reminded a lot of people tonight that the back-to-back 4A finalists are still out there.
But Skyline won in a game that was very reminscent of the win against O’Dea last year, minus 30 or 40 points or so. It was reminiscent because of the way Skyline came back, having to convert third and fourth downs, and Heaps and Kasen Williams impressing at every point.
Bothell simply didn’t have someone to go up against Williams. With Gino Simone facing all-league CB Kurt Stottlemyre, the Spartans threw to Williams at least a dozen times. He caught nine passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. And on the last drive, Williams was just too good.
“See you in the playoffs,” Bothell punter/kicker Nick Kaylor — the Cougars MVP on Thursday — said to Heaps on the way out. Don’t count it out, and there’s only one place it could happen.
In the state finals.