Meet your KingCo 4A champions, Bothell. And Bothell, meet everyone. You all should take notice. The Cougars didn’t just look good in beating Skyline 56-0. Bothell looked downright dominant.
Yes, Skyline made a couple glaring early mistakes that helped the process, but Bothell was opportunistic and efficient. Take Rashaad Boddie’s fumble on Skyline’s first play from scrimmage. Not great ball security, but a good job by the Cougars to strip him from behind. The next play? Touchdown.
“We got on quick,” Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. “We needed that. Our guys needed to see that. I think we believed coming in, but you know, Skyline’s that team that’s always had our number, so it was big for us to come out for us like that.”
Bothell hadn’t beat the Spartans since 2009 — also the last time it won the conference — and it was easy to imagine the Cougars slipping up again, especially on the road in wet conditions. It was those adverse conditions that hurt Skyline first, though. After Bothell forced a punt on Skyline’s second possession, the Spartans skipped the snap and it was not handled well. The result was a swarm of Bothell players on top of Skyline’s punter and a swing and miss as the Cougars trounced on the opportunity. Two plays later — and two penalties — and they were in the end zone.
“We got the start you hope for,” Bainter said. “You couldn’t ask for a better start. Certainly that helps your psyche when the game goes, no question about it.”
– As we detailed in the game report, Ross Bowers was damn-near perfect. The California commit went 18 of 19 for 333 yards and five touchdowns in essentially three quarters of play, although a running clock in the second half made that a bit quicker than usual.
“He’s one of the best in the state, by far,” receiver Dayzell Wilson said.
“He’s got the poise in the pocket … the strongest arm that I’ve ever seen,” Sam McPherson said. “Couldn’t ask for a better leader.”
– Oh, and about that KingCo championship.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had one, so it’s an awesome feeling.” McPherson said.