FNL: Bothell/Union Review

With the loss of several key players from last year's state quarterfinal team, it appeared the Bothell Cougars would need a year to reload, but as has become the norm, head coach Tom Bainter's team has found some very nice replacements and downed a very good Union squad last week 27-10 at Pop Keeney Stadium...

Bothell QB Austen Dahl looked a bit shaky early, but settled down and threw for nearly 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Nearly all of his yardage went to WR Trent Sewell who hauled in 7 receptions for 141 yards and both touchdowns.

Sewell would have had a third touchdown, but Dahl underthrew him a bit and as a result the Cougars ended up on the 10 late in the second quarter.

The senior wideout looked very smooth in and out of his breaks, showed excellent ball-skills when going up to get the ball and showed better concentration than he'd shown in the past.

At running back, Danny Wilson was doing his best Luke Proulx immitation by running for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown. He did have a fumble and got lectured on ball security by the Cougar coaching staff when he get to the sidelines.

Also in the mix in the backfield was Seymour Otterbech, a diminutive runner who has outstanding quickness and vision. He explodes through the hole and was a nice "change of pace" back for Wilson's pound it out style.

The nice thing about Bothell's offensive line is that they have loads of talent and all but one are juniors.

Chase Madsen, Nick Omberllaro, Dylan Lindsey and Kevin Seguine, along with senior Zach Rayburn, kept Dahl upright for the most part and paved the way for Wilson's night.

Bainter told Dawgman.com after the game how excited they are with how well the youngsters played and that "it only bodes well for us in the future."

Two other players who really impressed were LB/WR Aaron Wilks, a huge target who could develop into a nice DE or TE prospect down the line, and LB/DE Jeremy Ruef who has a great frame, long arms and seemed to be around the ball all night.

Not to be outdone, Union had their own prospects that stuck out.

From an athletic standpoint, QB Kaben Humphrey-Butler has it all. He's tall and he's got a decent arm, but he was harrassed all night by Bothell's relentless pass rush.

FB/LB Brandon Brody-Heim looks great at fullback and could be a walk-on candidate for a D-1 school. He's smart and took part in Washington's Rising Stars camp back in June. He struggled with cramps most of the night, but has a great Football I.Q. and was used a lot in one-back sets.

P Trent Cowan really impressed me with his leg and hang-time. He's got to work on his consistency and placement on his drop, but he's got a future there if he continues to develop.

One last player that recruitniks should put in the back of their heads is LB Jake Hawken a 2014 prospect who started at linebacker for the Titans.

He has a great motor, was in on at least 8 tackles by my count and was constantly around the ball. One thing I noticed right off the bat was that he didn't shy away from contact, choosing to take on blockers at the point instead of trying to slip their blocks or run around them.

He's physical and it will be fun to watch him develop in the coming years.

Overall it was a good night at one of the best places to watch a high school game in the state of Washington.

This week I will be attending the Kennedy/Archbishop Murphy game Thursday night and the Bremerton/Decatur game on Friday.

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