2007 Season Recap: Teams to Watch For in 2008

With the new year coming and prep athletics fans' attention turning towards Basketball, Evergreen State Preps takes one final look at the 2007 football season that was. Who are the teams to watch for in 2008?

Class 4A

Edmonds-Woodway

Last year: Went 12-1, losing in the State quarterfinals to eventual champion Lewis & Clark

After going undefeated through their first twelve games of the season on their way to a Wesco South division title, it seemed like the Warriors were destined to play for a state title at the Tacoma Dome. However, Edmonds-Woodway ran into eventual 4A champion Lewis & Clark in the semifinals, and after a valiant fourth quarter comeback fell short, the Warriors season ended with a 28-26 loss. Next year, Edmonds-Woodway will return star running back Tony Heard. Heard rushed for 2238 yards and 31 touchdowns last year, and should only improve on those numbers next year as a senior. At 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Heard is a punishing runner who should be able to take his team deep into the playoffs next year.

Bothell Last year: Went 13-1, losing in the State finals to 4A champion Lewis & Clark

The Bothell Cougars have been one of the most consistent programs in the state of Washington for a long time, and although they lose senior leader and quarterback Johnny Hekker, the Cougars should be contenders again next year. Bothell returns their second leading rusher in Patrick Otterbach, who ran for almost 700 yards last year and 6 touchdowns. Trey Burwick, the team's leader in touchdowns last year with 11, will also help the Cougar running game. With their 21-14 loss to Lewis & Clark in the state championship still in the heads of this year's underclassmen, the Cougars could be a team on a mission next year.

Class 3A

Skyline

Last year: Went 14-0, winning the state championship game 42-35 over O'Dea

Although the Spartans won the state championship in November, Skyline could be even better next year. First team all state quarterback Jake Heaps will have a year of experience under center, and his favorite target Gino Simone from last year will return as a senior, as well as rising sophomore Kasen Williams, one of the most physically impressive receivers in the state. With that type of talent returning, the Spartans will have every intention and opportunity to repeat as state champions next year.

Kennedy

Last year: Went 6-4, losing 21-14 to Nathan Hale in the first round of the playoffs

It was a down year for the Lancers, who went 6-4 this year after advancing to the state championship game in 2006. Even with star defensive back/tight end Everette Thompson moving on to Washington, Kennedy will still have plenty of talent. The Lancers top two rushers return as Nolan Washington and Tre Watson will be seniors next year. Bob Bourgette's wing-T offense should thrive next year with Washington and Watson as the focal points.


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