Bothell hasn’t beaten Skyline since 2009, as we detailed in our Five Games to Watch. The Cougars feel it’s finally the year they break the spell, and with a No. 1 ranking and a talented team from top to bottom, there’s no reason it can’t be. Oh, and by the way, that last win in 2009, that captured the KingCo title for Bothell.
Although Skyline dropped its second game at home last week to Graham-Kapowsin, it still sits one game behind Bothell in the loss column and is a playoff-caliber team. The atmosphere should certainly feel like a postseason game. Bothell is sending over a couple buses with students and the place should be loud. In fact, the Cougars are going to great lengths to create a hostile environment on the road. This is from the football team’s website:
“Join the crowd when UNDEFEATED BHS Football plays league rival Skyline on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17. . . and NO NEED TO DRIVE! We are taking a rooter bus – for BHS Students ONLY – at NO COST to students!
Join us at BHS parking lot at 4:00 PM for a FREE Tailgate Pizza Party. All are welcome to come decorate cars, see the team off and caravan up to Skyline High School to paint the plateau Blue!
The Team has requested the Students Cheering Section be behind them in the Visitor Stands! Parents & Community Members will be sitting in the end zone bleachers.”
“We’re definitely hungry for them,” Bothell running back/defensive back Sam McPherson said. “We’ll be coming out ready for them and they’ll be ready for us. This is going to be a good game.”
McPherson said talk of the matchup comes up throughout the year, considering the two teams are generally at the top of KingCo. For the Cougars to finally have something positive to bring up during the offseason, though, they will have to execute.
“We have the playmakers, we have amazing coaching,” McPherson said. “If we can execute, I think we’ll do our thing and we can take them down.”
While Bothell and Skyline face off, so too will No. 2 Camas and No. 3 Union. McPherson said the team will have an eye on that game, and he assumes a couple coaches will travel south to scout what could end up being playoff opponents.
– Bothell and Skyline have had some talented players come through in the recent past. Here are a couple of short lists.
Bothell: Michael Hartvigson (current UW tight end), Evan Hudson (current UW defensive lineman), Johnny Hekker (current St. Louis Rams punter), Colin Porter (former UW offensive lineman)
Skyline: Kasen Williams (current UW receiver), Jake Heaps (current Miami quarterback), Max Browne (current USC quarterback), Jordan Simone (current ASU safety)