Bothell got on the board first with a very impressive 43 yard field goal by K Nick Kaylor that may have been good from 50. After exchanging punts Bothell put another drive together. As was the case most of the night they rode the legs of their star back Patrick Ottorbech for an 8 yard score. Bothell employed a hybrid version of the swinging gate all night. They used this to confuse Woodinville as the kicker threw for a two point conversion.
Woodinville shot themselves in the foot the entire first half. Twice extending Bothell drives on facemasks and unsportsmanlike penalties. All that being said, two plays almost had them back in the game. With only a few minutes left in the first half Woodinville ran a fake bubble screen that sent "blocking" WR Trevor Kelly deep for a wide open 46 yard touchdown. Bothell fumbled the ensuing kickoff and momentum had completely swung. Unfortunately for Woodinville, that was the last good news of the night as their 15 yard FG attempt was blacked with 11 seconds in the half. Bothell 11, Woodinville 7 Half.
Woodinville had the ball back after S Trevor Kelly made an amazing interception on a tipped pass. However, the drive stalled as Bothell stacked up Woodinville on a third and short with 5 minutes left in the 3rd. Bothell took the ball down and scored on a 3 yard TD pass to Perry Conricode. Again they used the hybrid swinging gate to get an easy 2 point conversion, 19-7 Bothell.
Woodinville faced an important 4th down on their next possession at midfield. They sent out the punt team and attempted to get the first down on a fake. I think that everyone in the stadium saw it coming and Bothell stuffed it for a loss. A 30 yard burst by Ottorbech had Bothell in range for a 20 yard FG that iced the game. Ottorbech finished with an impressive 192 on 23 carries. Bothell added one final touchdown when trying to bleed out the clock.
On this night Bothell looked like the tougher team. On defense they stood up Woodinville numerous times in short yardage situations. On offense, the Falcons had no answer for Ottorbech. The only reason he was held under 200 yards was that Bothell felt compelled to pass the ball. If they had just continued to feed their running back I think this contest would have been over far earlier. Bothell has risen an 0-2 start to a heavy favorite to win the crown division.
After leading only 14-7 at half Auburn rolled. Amassing 458 yards rushing.
Bethel 29, Graham-Kapowsin 28, 2 OT
In an SPSL South upset Bethel pulls out a win. GK still sits fine in the playoff picture.
Marysville-Pilchuck 28, Lake Stevens 0
The real story in this game was the defense of MP. Shutting down what had previously been a high scoring Lake Stevens offense...
Edmonds-Woodway 17, Mariner 0
EW's star RB Tony Heard rushes and throws for a score...
#1 Skyline 42, Eastlake 0
Skyline stays perfect and sets up a huge match up with Issaquah this coming week.
#5 Olympia 41, Stadium 14
Bears continue to roll over opponents
#6 Issaquah 35, Redmond 23
In a game that was closer than expected Issaquah prevails. Next up, #1 Skyline.
#8 Ferndale 41, Everett 7
Casey Locker and Jeff Frost connect for three TD's as Ferndale dominates...
#2 Ferris 34, Shadle Park 0
Ferris defense holds Shadle Park to 111 yards of total offense.
#9 Central Valley 33, Post Falls 7
Much like Skyline and Issaquah, a win for CV sets up an unbeaten showdown with Ferris on Friday.
That's it for today, out at Kentridge/Tahoma game tonight...