With the recent change to Skyline’s 2012 football schedule, the Spartans weren’t going to have a home game until Week 5.
They were scheduled to open the season against Bothell at Pop Keeney before traveling to Cottonwood of Murray, Utah in Week 2. The following week Skyline agreed to travel to Moscow, Idaho to play Coeur d’Alene at the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome. The Spartans were scheduled to wrap up their four-game road trip against Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium.
Skyline was placed in this predicament when a promoter pulled out of a scheduled matchup with Florida power Manatee of Bradenton that was supposed to be played in Sammamish Week 3.
When Bothell coach Tom Bainter and Bellevue’s Butch Goncharoff found out about the Spartans’ situation, they didn’t hesitate to help out.
Taylor confirmed Thursday that Skyline’s Week 1 game against the Cougars will now be played at Skyline instead of Pop Keeney. Bothell was scheduled to play at Bellevue the following week, but that game will now be played at Pop Keeney.
“They both felt really bad about what happened to our game and how the promoter just backed out on it and basically pigeonholed us,” Taylor said. “If it was a situation where Skyline was pulling the strings and we fumbled the ball on this deal, that would be a different story. But it’s apparent a third party really did Manatee and Skyline wrong by walking away from this game.”
While these proud programs are rivals on the field, the coaches are close. The willingness of the Wolverines and Cougars to sacrifice a home game to help out a rival program is a testament to the coaches’ character.
“It just shows that, while we’re rivals, when it comes down to it, we all get along as coaches,” Taylor said. “It just shows how classy they are and how much respect we have for each other in our programs. We help each other out.”
Now, if Bothell and Skyline should meet in a Week 9 KingCo 4A crossover game, that will be played at Pop Keeney. The KingCo crossover games rotate between the Crest and Crown Divisions each season. The Crown hosted crossover games in 2011, so the Crest is scheduled to host this year. The only way the Spartans will play a Week 9 game on the road is if they play Bothell.