Coach Eric Kurle was impressed by the Chiawana football team that ended Graham-Kapowsin’s historic run to the Class 4A state semifinals last Saturday, 28-12.
“They’re well-coached,” he said, referring to Steve Graff and his staff, who led the Riverhawks to the 4A state title last season. “You know what they’re going to do, but they’re physical up front. They have two really good D-linemen, some solid linebackers, a good corner. Defensively, they play downhill and get after you.
“On offense, the only run a couple of plays but they run them well. They have a good blocking tight end and a good tackle and (Austin) Urlacher has great balance and runs pretty well. They just find a way to win.”
No. 3 Chiawana of Pasco (12-1) plays No. 1 Bothell (13-0) for the championship Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
Kurle has scouted Bothell, and has been impressed by Tom Bainter’s squad as well.
“They’re just solid everywhere,” he said. “They can run, pass. They’ve got a great defense. They’ve got a well-balanced team all the way through…They’re both well-coached teams.”
So, his pick?
“Not going to pick it,” Kurle said with a laugh. “I am not going to pick it. But, Chiawana just finds a way to win.”
He brought up last year’s championship game against Camas, which seemed comfortably in control with a 26-13 lead with a minute to play. But the Riverhawks punched in two touchdowns in the final 55 seconds to pull off the 27-26 stunner.
“I think Bothell might be all-around the better team, but Chiawana, with what they do, they might find a way to win it, like they did last year.”