ESP Game Report: Skyline 16, Bothell 12

Skyline survives a tough battle with cross league opponent Bothell. Scoring with just 1:56 left in the game to win 16-12...

This was the first time all season the Spartan starters played all four quarters. They would need every minute to come back and defeat Bothell. Skyline had not trailed in a game all season. Thursday night, they lead for just 1 minute and 56 seconds; fortunately it was the last minute 56 seconds in the game.

Bothell made the first big play as senior Perry Conricode picked off Jake Heaps in Bothell territory. Perry found himself making big plays all over the field Thursday night. Skyline got the ball back and a few big plays by Kasen Williams and led them into Bothell territory. K Brian Schwartz converted a 28 yard FG to give Skyline a 3-0 lead.

Bothell looked very well coached Thursday. They used odd formations and shifting to confuse the Skyline defense. A blend of running and passing put them in position to kick a 22 yd FG. Bothell pressure seemed to bother Heaps throughout the night. That pressure forced a 3 and out on the next possession. As Patrick Ottorbech has done all year, he led Bothell down and struck from 25 yards out for a touchdown. Skyline blocked the extra point. Skyline's last drive of the half was ended when Heaps was again picked off by Kurt Stottlemyer. Bothell ran out the clock. Bothell 9, Skyline 3 Half.

A thirty yard catch by Kasen Williams set up Skyline for another strike to Kasen, this time for a 35 yard score. Skyline blew the PAT and left the score tied at nine early in the 3rd quarter. The entire third and fourth quarter were spent punting back and forth between the teams. Bothell won the field position battle and a short drive put them in range for a field goal. K Nick Kaylor stroked a beautiful 39 yard kick that put Bothell up 12-9. With the way the defenses had played in the second half it seemed that lead might be insurmountable.

Skyline's drive began dangerously with an up-man muffing the pooch kick. Senior Gino Simone showed why he is known as a playmaker by rushing up and diving on the ball. Skyline overcame a 3rd and long and Jake Heaps converted a 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive. As they entered Bothell territory they turned to the played that had carried them all night, Kasen Williams. Williams drug Bothell defenders down to the 16 yard line on a huge catch and run. The next play he made a great catch in the front corner of the end zone to give Skyline the 16-12 lead. Kasen Williams took over this game; he finished the night with 9 catches for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Grant Engel squashed any hope for last minute heroics as he stripped the ball from Bothell's QB one first down. Skyline bled the clock to win the game. Tonight showed the state that Skyline might just be mortal. Second it showed that Bothell has returned to the form that has led them to the Tacoma Dome two straight years. I would not want to match up with either of these teams as we head into the state playoffs.

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