Before the game, Skyline quarterback Max Browne stopped to joke with one of the ball boys before joining his team for a final stretch.
I took that as a sign that the Spartans’ typically calm and collected sophomore quarterback was ready for his first KingCo title game. But early on, Browne seemed a bit tentative, which is understandable.
He calmed down eventually. It helps to have a player like Kasen Williams making big plays. The senior delivered all night during Skyline’s 31-21 win over Bothell Friday night.
Williams finished with seven catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
As he has so many times throughout his career at Skyline, Williams made plays that showed why he is considered one of the top receivers in the country.
When Williams and Jordan Simone are running routes at the same time, it’s tough for teams to slow them down and, once he found a rhythm, Browne was able to get both of his standouts the ball.
Skyline has yet to score less than 28 points in a game this season and that includes contests against six ranked opponents.
The Spartans’ defense played well in the first half, slowing down Bothell’s ground game, but credit the Cougars for recovering in the second half.
Wendell Galvan’s 89-yard kickoff return was important to put Bothell on the board before halftime.
Coming into the game, both teams were undefeated since Week 1 losses. Both teams entered the year with a lot of new faces and the growth from the start of the year till now is clear on both sides.
For Skyline, the win reinforces the idea that the three-time defending champions are the favorites in 4A.
For Bothell, the loss isn’t the end of the world. After all, Skyline lost to the Cougars in the KingCo title game and went on to win the championship in 2009.
With players like Proulx, quarterback Braden Foley, receiver Trent Sewell and Galvan, a talented defensive back in addition to being a standout kick returner, the Cougars have the players on their roster to make a deep playoff run.
After the game Proulx talked like a senior determined to extend his season as long as possible.
Here is a look at the rest of Friday night’s high-school football action.
Marysville-Pilchuck 35, Edmonds-Woodway 20
Bellevue 23, Liberty 20
O’Dea 35, Franklin 13
Lakes-Bonney Lake postponed after bus accident
Jefferson 31, Federal Way 28
— K.W. Williams, Jefferson: Had 289 total yards, four TDs, including winning 13-yard run with 1:40 left.
Bishop Blanchet 24, Ingraham 19
— Andrew Kraus, Bishop Blanchet: Had 313 yards, three TDs on 40 carries.
Kamiak 51, Monroe 23
— Nic Cooper, Kamiak: Rushed for 305 yards on 16 carries, scored six touchdowns.
Lake Stevens 35, Mariner 14
— Korey Young, Lake Stevens: Made 17 tackles before season-ending knee injury in third quarter; finished season with 132 tackles.
Mount Si 51, Sammamish 7
— Shelby Williams, Mount Si: Carried 20 times for 225 yards, three TDs.
Clover Park 42, Steilacoom 35, OT
— Tana Pritchard, Clover Park: Passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 147 yards and a score.
King’s 36, Lynden Christian 14
— King’s quarterback Thomas Vincent completed 10 of 20 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. He also had nine carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
WR/CB Joseph Jaeger had five catches for 105 yards a touchdown and picked off two passes on defense.
Arlington 42, Jackson 21
— Arlington running back Colten Hordyke had 16 carries for 203 yards and four touchdowns. He also blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone and was 6 for 6 on extra points, totaling in 30 total points scored. He had hand in five of Arlington’s six touchdowns.
Mercer Island 48, Lake Washington 23
— Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist had 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns and 286 yards passing with three touchdowns. He had long runs of 90 yards and 84 yards.