I had a chance to ask Bothell coach Tom Bainter about his thoughts on Chiawana of Pasco heading into Saturday’s 4A state championship game, and here’s what he had to say:
“They’re well-coached, they don’t make many mistakes, they believe in themselves to the bitter end, like last year showed us. They do what they do and they just do it. You always have to respect that type of program.
“They’ve got some kids who were there last year and won it, so they know what it takes. They play really sound defense, they don’t make a lot of mistakes. On offense they run the ball well. They want to control it on the ground. They can throw it but they prefer to run it. That’s the ingredients to championship football – great defense, the ability to run the ball. They’ll be the best team we’ve played.”
QB Ross Bowers said unbeaten Bothell has to be considered the underdog, even though it has been ranked No. 1 all season. Chiawana (12-1) was No. 3 in the final poll behind Camas, which beat the Riverhawks in the opening game of the year. Camas (last year’s runner-up) lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Bellarmine Prep, which was then eliminated by Bothell.
“They’re the defending state champion, and anytime you make it back, you’re still the top dog,” Bowers said of Chiawana. “They’re definitely not there by chance. They’re confident in what they do and for the last 12 weeks it’s worked. It’s going to be fun playing against them.”