Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup

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Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 19 2014 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 23 21 26 17 87
Lakeside 18 12 18 20 68


Rainier Beach Junior Keith Smith

Quality basketball is a guarantee on a Friday night inside Crawford Court at Rainier Beach High School. The reigning 3A champs hosted the Lakeside Lions in a Metro League showdown on Friday night as some of the top talent in the state would put their talents on display. Could the Lions pull an upset on the road?

Lakeside’s dynamic guard Isiah Brown established his pivotal role on the team by scoring 13 of his team’s 18 first quarter points. Beach countered with a balanced attack of point guards Shadeed Shabazz and Ivy Smith feeding Dejounte Murray and Keith Smith. The Vikings built a five point lead after one frame, but the slim margin kept the door open for the Lions. With increased intensity on the defensive end for Lakeside, they rebounded the ball well and found points at the other end. Mid-way through the second quarter, Mike Bethea called a full timeout because the scoreboard read 27-26 Rainier Beach. The Viking responded like they are accustomed to by closing out the half on a 17-4 run. Murray and Shabazz were major contributors to the surge of points to extend the halftime score to 44-30.

The Viking lead grew even more after the break as Keith Smith and Dejounte Murray knocked down some transition buckets at the cup. Ivy Smith tacked on seven in the third quarter also. Lion guard Connor Duffy provided a nice spark off the bench knocking down 10 points in the second half. Lakeside slowly cut the Rainier Beach lead and with over 5 minutes remaining, were trailing by single digits. However, RB closed out the second half like they did the first half and kept their undefeated record intact with a 19 point victory.

The Final Score: Rainier Beach 87 Lakeside 68

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Dejounte Murray-29 points

Lakeside
Isiah Brown-35 points

 

Bellevue Hands Sammamish First Loss, Takes Lead in 3A KingCo

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Bellevue Hands Sammamish First Loss, Takes Lead in 3A KingCo
By Steven Dion

Wednesday- December 16 2014 Boys 3A KingCo
Bellevue High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue 13 20 15 22 70
Sammamish 9 11 9 18 47


Bellevue Senior Gunther Klimes

Tuesday night’s high school hoops schedule included a clash of two teams that were without a loss in their records. The Wolverines played host to the Totems with a chance to be perched at the top of the KingCo League standings. The home team features many of its key contributors to the state tournament last season; would Sammamish challenge one of the state’s finest?

There was a high level of energy displayed in this contest as both teams were content with attacking the bucket in transition early in the shot clock. Bellevue’s zone defense established their ability to create turnovers as their length and swarming nature resulted in Sammamish headaches. However, the Wolverines were unable to convert these takeaways to points, thus keeping the Totems within striking distance. Seven Wolverines scored in the second quarter giving the home squad a 33-20 lead by halftime. The final moments of the first half were quite a spectacle as Kyle Foreman seemingly had a clear path to another Bellevue bucket. Michael Shinaul chased the Wolverine senior down and made a phenomenal block near the rim. Shinaul came crashing down into the padding behind the basket knocking it off the wall. Meanwhile, Issac Garcia raced to pick up the loose ball that was bouncing toward the Sammamish bench. He collided with an official and both tumbled to the floor into the Totem bench as the buzzer sounded. There were seemingly more players on the hardwood than standing as the first half concluded.

To give themselves a chance to climb back into the game, it was imperative the Totems outscore Bellevue in the third quarter. Shaky free throw shooting by BHS was a start, but not finishing on their own possessions prevented Sammamish for cutting down the lead. Zach Moore, Andrew Kenny, and Foreman scored four apiece in the third and while captain Vlad Yadevich netted five, the Bellevue lead grew to 19 after three quarters. The depth of the Wolverines continued to show its strength as 8 players scored in the fourth quarter as the home team picked up its fourth win by the score of 70-47. The leading scorers in the game were Gunther Klimes and Kyle Foreman of BHS and Kyle Tracy of SHS who all scored 14 points.

Top Performers:
Bellevue
Gunther Klimes & Kyle Foreman-14 points

Sammamish
Kyle Tracy-14 points

 

Newport Defends Home Court with Convincing Win Over Redmond

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Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 12 2014 KingCo 4A
Newport High School Final
Newport 56
Redmond 38


Newport Senior Jake Higgins

The nightcap of a full slate of basketball at Newport HS on Friday night was the boys varsity matchup of the host Knights and visiting Mustangs of Redmond High School. Newport has been a top half 4A KIngCo squad in recent years while Redmond has struggled to join the upper ranks of the conference. Would they have the horsepower to pick up the road win or would Newport pile on another win in front of the home crowd?

Redmond appeared they were ready to compete as they scored the first six points of the game two of which came from a circus shot by Kevin Carpenter. Unfortunately, the ‘Stangs couldn’t keep the momentum rolling as the Knights went on a 10-0 run in response to the early deficit. The length advantage of Newport forwards started to show its presence as Ryan Kingma and Jake Higgins among others glided to the rim for layup drills. Redmond was on the brink of submitting to a big halftime deficit, but closed the second quarter strong to only trail by 5.

The third quarter is where Newport put this game to rest. They limited the opposition to only 6 points in the frame while building a big lead. The Mustangs competed throughout the second half even as the Newport lead continued to grow. NHS head coach Steve Haizlip allowed many of his reserves to log some minutes down the stretch as his team closed out a 56-38 victory.

Top Performers:
Newport
Jake Higgins-24 points

Redmond
Kevin Carpenter-12 points

 

Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport

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Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 12 2014 KingCo 4A
Newport High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Redmond 10 12 11 16 10 59
Newport 7 21 8 13 8 57


Redmond Junior Sierra Craig

Friday night’s slate of early season basketball featured a 4A KingCo matchup of Newport and visitors Redmond. At this point of the schedule, nobody knows where they fit in the spectrum of the leagues so exciting finishes often occur and this was a glaring example. This particular contest took extra time to be settled. Who prevailed and how?

The Lady Knights and their up-tempo play grabbed a 6 point first half lead as freshman point guard Jahdai Alcombrack and post Katelyn Jenkins netted nine apiece. The Mustangs had a difficult time finding a rhythm in the first 16 minutes, but kept the score close enough to give themselves a chance in the second half. Seniors Morgan Grindell and Sawyer Forseth led the Mustangs with a half dozen points each before the break by the score of 30-22 in favor of the home team.

Redmond coach Ashley Graham clearly emphasized defensive pressure in the locker room because the ‘Stangs started climbing back into the game quickly. They had four scorers in the third quarter in comparison to Newport with one. They even gained the lead and held it well into the fourth quarter. Redmond was on the brink of closing the game out, but called a timeout after a defensive rebound. The only problem? They were out of timeouts! This led to two free throws that helped Newport push the game to overtime.

Newport committed to attacking the rim in the overtime period and earned 11 trips to the free throw line making 8 of them. However they did not make a field goal whereas Forseth and Teagyn Ohrt made key buckets down the stretch. This was the difference in the ballgame as the road Redmond squad escaped with a 59-57 victory.

Top Performers:
Redmond
Teagyn Ohrt-15 points (5/7 FT’s)

Newport
Katelyn Jenkins-15 points

 

Coach Interview with Neah Bay’s Tony McCaulley-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Neah Bay Red Devils – Head Football Coach
Tony McCaulley

The northwest tip of Washington is home to a 1B football program that seems to find its way to the Tacoma Dome every year in recent memory. Tony McCaulley and Red Devils are back in the championship game and he visits with Steven Dion to talk about how the team has maintained success and the impact Neah Bay High School football has in the community.

“Our whole town will caravan over and turn out the lights…Everybody will be at the Tacoma Dome for the game…”

To repeat as state champs, Coach McCaulley will need to rally his team to defeat Liberty Christian who defeated the Red Devils in dramatic fashion for the 2012 title. He explains how that game will serve as motivation for his upperclassmen when Saturday arrives!

To catch the complete radio interview with Neah Bay Coach Tony McCaulley, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with Sedro-Woolley’s Dave Ward-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Sedro-Woolley Cubs – Head Football Coach
Dave Ward

In his third year as head coach of the Cubs, Dave Ward has brought a middle-of-the-pack Northwest League team in 2012 to the 2A state championship game in 2014. His team will face familiar opponent Lynden who defeated the Cubs 33-30 earlier this season.

“We gave up six huge plays…That wasn’t typical of our defense…We’re going to bend and not break…”

The entire community of Sedro-Woolley will shut down according to Ward and get down to the Tacoma Dome via buses and trains to see their Cubs compete for a state title. He is confident in the leaders on his roster to take home the hardware from the 2014 Gridiron Classic!

To catch the complete radio interview with Sedro-Woolley Coach Dave Ward, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with Cascade Christian’s Randy Davis-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Cascade Christian Cougars – Head Football Coach
Randy Davis

Since 2008, Cascade Christian head coach Randy Davis has led the Cougars to the 1A state championship game five time including winning the title in 2010. The senior class remembers how their season ended in the semifinals last year and showed determination to bring the hardware home in 2014.

“They took that to heart last year…They really dedicated themselves…I had 25 to 30 guys in the weight room at 6 o’clock in the morning all winter long…”

Coach Davis understands the Colville Indians present a challenge in the Gridiron Classic, but he explains how his team is prepared to finish the season 13-0. The Cougars have a strong core group with a winning attitude capable of taking the championship trophy to the Puyallup Valley once again!

To catch the complete radio interview with Cascade Christian Coach Randy Davis, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Bothell! Bothell! Bothell! 4A Champions!

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Saturday Dec. 6 2014 4A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 10 0 14 0 24
Chiawana 0 0 7 7 14

Game Recap below

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Bothell! Bothell! Bothell! 4A Champions!
By Colin Caruso

In a game that had the Tacoma Dome on the edge of their seats throughout, the Bothell Cougars proved they were the best team in 4A Washington State football with an amazing win over the defending champions, Chiawana Riverhawks. Knowing full well that Chiawana won the title last year by scoring 14 points in the final minute of the game, Bothell had to keep the pressure on the Riverhawks for the full 48 minutes of play.

Bothell began the game with a stifling first half. Caleb Meyer rushed for a TD on their opening drive, and the Cougar defense closed the door for the next 21 minutes of football. Cougar defensive linemen were living in the Chiawana backfield; Riverhawk quarterback Logan Ellsworth spent the first half running for his life.

When the Riverhawks finally broke deep into Bothell territory late in the second quarter, the Cougars intercepted Ellsworth in the end zone to end the first half. Bothell took a 10-0 lead into the locker room.

The second half started with another great defensive stop for the Cougars, forcing a punt and scoring on that ensuing possession. It would be Ross Bowers only touchdown pass of the day, this to Dayzell Wilson to take a commanding 17-7 lead.

But the Riverhawks would not go down easy, responding with a Austin Urlacher touchdown run to cut the lead to 10 late in the third.

Bothell responded in the most magnificent way. They drove 63 yards in just over 3 minutes, and scored on the best play of the year. Ross Bowers, on a third and goal saw pay dirt on a scramble. He rushed to the left and leaped for the end zone, ball extended. He flipped over a Riverhawk defender, flew about 5 feet in the air, and secured the landing on both feet for a Cougar score. The Bothell sideline exploded. It was one of the most courageous efforts from a quarterback, who knew he wanted to lead his team to victory.

Even with this demoralizing score, the Riverhawks found a way to respond. Cortez Ruiz caught a 37 yard strike just 3 minutes later to again trim the lead to 10 points. But Bothell would not stop fighting on defense. Their next possession resulted in a punt, and the Cougars again stifled the Riverhawk attack. After forcing a turnover on downs, the Cougars close the game in the victory formation, winning their first ever state championship.

The FinalScore – Bothell 24, Chiawana 14.

Top Performers:
Bothell
Ross Bowers – 17-19 for 216 yards and 1TD, rushing TD
Caleb Meyer – 12 carries for 105 yards and 1TD

Chiawana
Austin Urlacher – 21 carries for 101 yards and 1TD

Neah Bay Defeats Liberty Christian for Third 1B Title in Four Years

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Saturday Dec. 6 2014 1B Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Neah Bay 8 14 22 12 56
Liberty Christian 6 12 14 6 38

Game Recap below

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Neah Bay Defeats Liberty Christian for Third 1B Title in Four Years
By Steven Dion

The penultimate matchup of the 2014 state championships featured a round of 8-man football from the smallest classification as 2012 winners in Liberty Christian from Richland would take on the defending champs: the Neah Bay Red Devils. Tony McCaulley has led NBHS to the championship game every year since 2011 in which the only loss was against these LC Patriots.

In the week leading up to the game, Coach McCaulley said upperclassmen had extra motivation in this game to even up the score against the Pats whose victory was on the final play of the game back in ’12. Each team had an undefeated record heading into this game, whose mark would remain perfect?

Neah Bay’s senior tailback scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to give them 22 points in the first 22 minutes. Liberty Christian’s John Lesser was effective running the football in the first half as well as the junior scored two touchdowns in addition to 86 yards on the ground.

A backbreaking play in this contest was John Reamer returned the ball over 90 yards after the Neah Bay defense ripped the ball out of the carrier’s hands. This play was essentially a fourteen point swing because the Patriots were on the verge of scoring.

As the game wore on into the latter part of the second half, Neah Bay began to pull away and eventually secure a 56-38 win to claim their third championship in 4 years. The score between these two teams in title games is one apiece now. Will the two meet up again in the near future to settle the score?

The FinalScore – Neah Bay 56, Liberty Christian 38.

Cascade Christian Claims 1A Title in Overtime Shootout with Colville

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Saturday Dec. 6 2014 1A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1 OT Final
Cascade Christian 7 6 0 7 7 27
Colville 8 0 6 6 6 26

Game Recap below

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Cascade Christian Claims 1A Title in Overtime Shootout with Colville
By Steven Dion

Day two of the 2014 Gridiron Classic started with the 1A title game which was a classic East vs West showdown of Cascade Christian from Puyallup and the Colville Indians. Each team entered the contest with a blemish-free 12-0 record. This game marked Colville’s first appearance in the championship game whereas Randy Davis had led his team to 4 of the previous 6. The senior class had knocked on the door of a state title for years and according to Coach Davis, the upperclassmen demonstrated a high level of commitment to vie for the hardware one final time. Colville’s dream season was 48 minutes away from the perfect ending, but could they complete the job?

The Cougars started the game as they have many times before by leading a long touchdown drive that eats up nearly an entire quarter of game clock. The 16 play, 81 yard march was capped off by a 5 yard run by Riley Ramos. Colville responded by leading a scoring drive of their own which ended on a Colton Vining run. The pendulum would swing back and forth several more times. The Cougs regained the lead midway through the second frame when Ramos found the endzone again. This score was made possible by a Russell Wilson-like escape by Jaelin Goldsmith who was in the middle of a collapsing pocket but kept the play alive and found an opening receiver for a big gain. At the break, Cascade Christian held a 13-8 lead.

Colville would receive the ball to start the second half and wasted no time getting back to business. Less than three minutes into the third, the Indians were back on top as Vining recorded his second of four touchdowns of the day. The Cougars started to look sluggish and lost some of the edge they carried in the first half. Colville was able to stop CCHS on a fourth down attempt in the Indians’ red zone but were stopped. Moments later, Ben Knight connected with Journy Young for 50 yards to set up Vining’s third TD. Colville held a 7 point lead with 11 minutes remaining. That changed quickly when Goldsmith tied it back up on a 59 yard keeper to the house. In the final minutes, Cascade Christian was moving the ball well to potentially set up the winning score, but Tyler Ward intercepted Goldsmith. We headed to overtime!

The Cougars received the ball first and proceeded to move the ball 25 yards in 6 plays ending with a Robert Terhune run from one yard out. It took Colville seven plays to punch the ball in by who else but Colton Vining. Instead of kicking the extra point and forcing a second overtime, Coach Cornwell decided to put the fate of the title into one play. The decision came up half a yard short as the Cascade Christian defense stuffed the run and in doing so, won the game. An exciting game from start to finish with tremendous fan support for both teams.

The FinalScore – Cascade Christian 27, Colville 26.

Top Performers:
Cascade Christian
Robert Terhune- 21 rush, 133 yds, 1 TD, 4 rec, 44 yds

Colville
Colton Vining- 23 rush, 136 yds, 4 TD

2014 Christmas Classic returns to Vancouver

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Community Partner of Vancouver and SW Washington Families

2014 Christmas Classic

Top Teams Square off on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th

Weekend Schedule
Saturday Games
Saturday’s Tournament Schedule – Click here
Sunday Games
Sunday’s Tournament Schedule – Click here

Court Locations
Courts 1 and 2
ABA Courts
16311-C NE 15th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684

Courts 3 and 4
Evergreen High School
14300 NE 18th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684

Ticket Information
General Admission $6 – Good for All Day
Students 18 & under $5 – Good for All Day
Children (5 & under) and (Veterans) – Free

Event Rules
Tournament Rules – Click here

A special holiday basketball tournament will take place in Vancouver, Washington in mid December.  ABA Courts and Evergreen High School will host the top boys teams from around the Pacific Northwest at the 2014 Christmas Classic. These 10U-14U teams will go head-to-head all weekend long for the right to be named Champion on Sunday.

The 2014 Christmas Classic brings teams from Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-Tacoma together for hoops and more. “Our hope is that the Christmas Classic is a way to bring people together who wouldn’t normally get to play each other,” said Randy Novak- President of theFinalScore.TV. “Vancouver is an amazing community and it has embraced this event supporting local non-profits with strong support from community partners. We feel fortunate to have the Deputy Mayor, Larry Smith, join us on Saturday to remind us how events like this bring families and communities together.”

The Councilman will be visiting the ABA Gym at 3pm to address the teams and fans in attendance. The weekend should prove to be a great basketball weekend while enjoying the best of SW Washington.

A special thanks to ABA Courts and Evergreen School District, John Jackson- State Farm Insurance, Beaches Restaurant, Rose City Printing, Braley-Gray and Associates, Corwin Beverage, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Western Inns, Shirts and Skins and The Barbers as they support this special Holiday event.

Games begin at 10:00am at both locations – ABA Courts and Evergreen High School. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the first game. Entry fee is good as an all-day pass for both facilities.

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Sedro-Woolley Dominates 2A State Title Game

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Saturday Dec. 6 2014 2A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sedro-Woolley 7 7 14 14 42
Okanogan 0 6 7 0 13

Game Recap below

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Sedro-Woolley Dominates 2A State Title Game
By Colin Caruso

The Sedro-Woolley Cubs suffered one loss this season on October 24th to the defending state champion Lynden Lions. They met that same Lynden Lions club in the state finals at the Tacoma Dome, and the result was much different.

A second half to remember for the Cubs, who outscored Lynden 28-7 on their way to a 42-13 route over a team that had won four of the last six 2A state titles.

After Lynden scored at the end of the third quarter to close the lead to 28-13, the Cubs sidelined quieted down, knowing that their best season ever was within striking distance. The Lions then forced a turnover on Sedro-Woolley’s next drive, causing more fear in the hearts of the massive Cubs crowd. But Carter Crosby saved the day, literally. He intercepted Sterling Somers, Somers’ third interception thrown, and returned it 21 yards for a Cubs touchdown.

The score propelled the lead to 35-13 early in the fourth, and the entire town of Sedro-Woolley could feel the victory. They would add another score on a Quinn Carpenter run, his second of the game, to amount the blowout win.

The story of the game, however, was the Cubs defense. Allowing just 264 total yards and intercepting Lynden quarterbacks five times, propelled Sedro-Woolley to lifting the state championship trophy.

The FinalScore – Sedro-Woolley 42, Lynden 13.

Top Performers:
Sedro-Woolley
Quinn Carpenter – 17 carries for 88 yards and 2TD
Carter Crosby – 11 carries for 68 yards and 1TD, Interception TD

Lynden
Scooter Hasting – 7 catches for 78 yards, TD pass

Okanogan’s First Half Enough For State Title Victory Over Napavine

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Friday Dec. 5 2014 2B Finals Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Napavine 0 0 7 7 14
Okanogan 10 7 0 0 17

Game Recap below

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Okanogan’s First Half Enough For State Title Victory Over Napavine
By Steven Dion

The 2014 edition of the Gridiron Classic featured the 2B championship game between Napavine and Okanogan. Northeast Washington’s representative in the Bulldogs shut out defending champions Lind-Ritzville Sprague in the semis 34-0 to earn their title game berth. The Tigers won a close contest over Toledo to get to the big dance. Luck is often an undervalued factor in sports, but the victor of this game can surely credit a few unusual bounces of the pigskin and a bend-don’t-break second half en route to a state championship.

Opening drives for both teams did not yield points as the defensive units for both squads showed early aggression. The Bulldogs were facing a third and long, so Benny Cate threw toward Jimmy Townsend on the right hashmarks. However, there were two Tigers in coverage with one in position to intercept. The ball glanced off the defender’s hands to Townsend who grabbed the still airborne football for a fluky 61 yard score. Before the first frame ended, Arnulfo Tacked on a 27 yard field goal to give Okanogan an early double-digit lead. Despite the deficit, Napavine’s roster has talent which would make a comeback a likely scenario.

Before the first half concluded, Okanogan tested their fortunes on another play that could have gone wrong. Cate threw a dart downfield and his receiver was scampering to the endzone, but before he got there, the ball popped loose. Payton Staggs was able to pounce on the football which was laying in the endzone for any taker. At the half, Eastern Washington was leading its Western counterpart 17-0.

If Napavine were to mount a comeback in the second half, Brady Woodrum would have to continue to receive plenty of touches. Five of his 77 total rushing yards amounted to the Tigers getting on the scoreboard with over eighteen minutes of play remaining. This fired up Napavine and the momentum was shifting. Shortly after the touchdown drive, the Tigers had an opportunity to kick a field goal to cut the lead. No good. The NHS defense held and allowed for another field goal attempt. Missed. Time was running out, but Napavine still had a pulse. Wyatt Stanley connected with Mac Fagerness from 27 yard with 3 minutes remaining for a touchdown. Using timeouts wisely, the Tigers had the ball with a minute left to tie or take the lead. Okanogan was able to force a fumble on the quarterback as he about to throw the ball downfield to a receiver. Despite being shut out in the second half, Okanogan is the 2B champion by the score of 17-14.

The FinalScore – Okanogan 17, Napavine 14.

Top Performers:
Okanogan
Jimmy Townsend- 61 yard TD rec, forced fumble, INT

Napavine
Brady Woodrum- 77 rush yds, TD, 79 pass yds

The Mighty have Fallen; Eastside Catholic Ends Bellevue’s Reign

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Friday Dec. 5th 2014 3A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue 7 6 0 0 13
Eastside Catholic 0 14 7 14 35

Game Recap below

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The Mighty have Fallen; Eastside Catholic Ends Bellevue’s Reign
By Steven Dion

Since 2001, Butch Goncharoff has led Bellevue to 11 of 13 state championships including the previous six consecutive titles. Defeating the Wolverines has taken truly special teams in their era of dominance. Eastside Catholic coach Jeremy Thielbahr had his sights set on becoming the next challenger to the 3A crown and had his fair share of growing pains in the process including back-to-back defeats by Bellevue in the 2012 and 2013 championship games.

The Crusaders and Wolverines steamrolled through their seasons to find themselves playing December football once again. The first two title games these teams played were blowouts in the favor of Bellevue. Everyone at the Tacoma Dome witnessed another lopsided result, but this had a different tune.

Per usual, the Wolverines scored a touchdown on their opening drive, a 5 yard Sam Richmond touchdown run. Playing from behind is never a good way to start against a team approaching its 68th consecutive victory. The Crusaders managed to strike back with a 9 yard touchdown scamper by Brandon Wellington who would score twice more in the contest. Less than a minute later, Isaiah Gilchrist ran a reverse 56 yards to the house to regain the lead. The Wolverines botched the extra point which appeared to give EC a dose of confidence after conceding a big scoring play. The half would close with several read option runs by Crusader quarterback Harley Kirsch which moved the chains and set up a 6 yard strike to Hunter Bryant to give the underdogs a halftime lead.

Bellevue’s commitment to the run was an unsuccessful endeavor in the second half as the Eastside defensive line grew stronger and more aggressive. Justus Rogers had three pass attempts in the game, none of which were completed. Midway through the third, Kirsch found Devon Arbis-Jackson on a short pass which he carried several defenders with him to the goal line for the score. Leading 21-13, the possibility of an upset was becoming a reality. The Wolverines ineptitude on offense was alarming as they ran only 25 offensive plays to EC’s 83 and did not convert a single third or fourth down. The total yard figures were 158 to 414 in favor of the Crusaders.

Early in the fourth quarter Brandon Wellington put Eastside up by two scores on a 1 yard dive play. On the ensuing kickoff, EC recovered the football. Eleven plays later, Wellington was in the end zone again to ice the game. There was 4:18 left on the clock at this point, but leading 35-13, Eastside’s sideline was starting to realize what they had accomplished. Bellevue’s offense was stalled one final time and ECHS was able to run down the clock at their discretion.

When the scoreboard read 0:00, waves of joy, shock, and disappointment were felt throughout the Tacoma Dome as Eastside Catholic defeated Bellevue in convincing fashion. Coach Goncharoff said the better team won the game and he was concerned going into the game about being undersized at the line. Winning coach Jeremy Thielbahr said they had to create an entirely new offensive scheme which Bellevue hadn’t seen them do before. The 3A crown is taking a short trip east to the Issaquah plateau for a year, and maybe more.

Top Performers:
Eastside Catholic
Harley Kirsch-20/22, 188 passing yards and 2TD, 94 rushing yards
Brandon Wellington-33 rushes, 110 yards, 3 touchdowns

Sedro-Woolley Faces off Against Lynden for 2A State Final

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Sedro-Woolley Faces off Against Lynden for 2A State Final
By Steven Dion

The 2A final appears to have the best chance of becoming an instant classic. The interesting storylines heading into this game are seemingly endless. Lynden has won the last 3 titles including six of the previous 8 whereas Sedro-Woolley is in rare territory playing December football. Both teams hail from the highly competitive Northwest League that produce hotly contested games in the regular season. They squared off at Lynden on October 24th and the home team escaped with a 33-30 victory. I caught up with Dave Ward this week and he said Lynden’s ability to create a half-dozen big plays was a key factor in the first go-around and will be a point of emphasis on Saturday. Based on the quarterfinal and semifinal games, expect an enormous sea of blue in support of S-W and likewise for the Lions.

The playmakers that are bound to make a splash in this contest include Sterling Somers (QB) and his favorite targets Jordan Wittenberg and Scooter Hastings who stands 6’7”. The Lynden defense has been slightly more porous than in recent years allowing opponents to push them including a rare loss against Ferndale in mid-December. The Cubs boast a dynamic offensive weapon in Mason Elms who appears to play every position on the field. If he and fellow tailback Carter Crosby can tally over 80 yards on the ground and find the end zone, the Cubs have a good shot.

The strength of Sedro-Woolley is their linebacking corps. The speed and tenacity of Chad Wilburg, Jacob Farrell, and Jay Burger has the ability to hold talented offenses like Lynden, but will they put it together on Saturday to take down the champ? The action takes place on Saturday at 1pm at the Tacoma Dome.

1A State Finals Preview, Colville vs. Cascade Christian

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1A State Finals Preview, Colville vs. Cascade Christian
By Steven Dion

Saturday will mark the fifth time since 2008 that Cascade Christian has played for a 1A state title with the Cougs from the Puyallup Valley claiming the hardware in ’10. The senior class for CCHS is loaded and appears to have the pieces to overturn the close-calls in recent years. Colville will present a hefty challenge though as the Indians have had an impressive run in ’14 en route to their first state championship appearance. There was a 4 game stretch midway through the season where Randy Cornwell’s team outscored opponents 191-7! Colton Vining’s ability to run the ball against a Cougar defense unit which packs a punch in addition to its speed with the likes of Mason Tobeck and Riley Ramos will be an interesting matchup.

The ability of Colville to stop the rushing attack of Zach Bartolome and Robert Terhune who tallied 310 yards on the ground last week will also dictate the outcome of this contact. I talked to CCHS head coach Randy Davis this week and he mentioned how his team used last year’s overtime loss in the semis as motivation to get in the weight room to take care of unfinished business in 2014. Quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith is playing his best football when it matters most and has his sights set on repeating a similar performance as last week when he threw for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns. So far, the extra work has paid dividends, but he also said in his few game tapes of Colville understands the challenge ahead of his team Saturday morning. A long road trip across the state and a chance to grab the first state title in school history is certainly enough motivation for a hungry Colville squad.

2B State Finals Preview, Napavine vs. Okanogan

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2B State Finals Preview, Napavine vs. Okanogan
By Steven Dion

The Gridiron Classic kicks off with an intriguing 2B matchup with Okanogan and Napavine. The Bulldogs from the northeast corner of Washington made a statement in the semifinals by pitching a shutout against the 2-time defending champions in Lind-Ritzville-Sprague by the score of 34-0. Okanogan had a fluky loss to Brewster midway through the season, but beat the Bears by four touchdowns the second time the two met up. Napavine dominated Toledo in many key statistical categories last week in the semis, but advanced with a slim six point margin. The Tigers accumulated 346 total yards in the contest and nearly doubled the Indians in plays and first downs.

One thing that Josh Fay may emphasize to his team is not allowing Okanogan to sneak back into the contest late if NHS holds a lead. The combo of Taylor Hicks to Grant McEwen was very effective last Saturday which may lead to more that 11 pass attempts for the Tigers signal-caller in the 2B championship. The last time either of these teams appeared in the championship game was 2008 when Napavine claimed the title. If Okanogan can channel the dominance they demonstrated last weekend, they will be one tough customer. Bringing the hardware home would certainly make the 12 hour round trip for Steve Chamberlain and his Bulldogs well worth it.

1B State Finals Preview, Neah Bay vs. Liberty-Christian

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1B State Finals Preview, Neah Bay vs. Liberty-Christian
By Steven Dion

A clash of the 2012 and 2013 state champs. Neah Bay is the defending champion and winner of 2 in the last 3 seasons. Liberty-Christian defeated Neah Bay to capture the title in 2012 on the final play of the contest. I spoke with the head coach of the Red Devils Tony McCaulley this week and that game was certainly discussed this week to fire up his team, especially upperclassmen that played in the game. McCaulley’s team was tested by Lummi to reach the finals as they were limited to 213 total yards and lost 3 fumbles in a 26-20 win. The Red Devil defense also show signs of vulnerability as Lummi’s three trips to the red zone all resulted in scores. 40 of NBHS’s 45 plays were rushes, so Cole Svec and Reggie Buttram’s ability to move the football with their legs will be important.

Liberty Christian defeated Republic by the score of 46-20 en route to a state final berth. The score doesn’t fully indicate how dominant the Patriots were in this contest. Mike Olson’s team had a four touchdown lead before the Tigers even got on the board. John Lesser was responsible for 6 touchdowns, three by air and three by ground. Both teams have championship experience so it would not be a surprise to see a tight game decided in the fourth quarter. Looking forward to this game at 4 pm on Saturday night.

4A State Finals Preview, Bothell vs. Chiawana

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4A State Finals Preview, Bothell vs. Chiawana
By Colin Caruso

Talk about the matchup of the year in this one. The Bothell Cougars, widely regarded as the top team in 4A all season long, facing off against the defending champions, the Chiawana Riverhawks. I had the unbelievable privilege to watch the Riverhawks in the state final last year, in the best comeback in Washington state football history. Down 13 points with 1 minute to play, the Riverhawks pulled off a miracle victory over the Camas Papermakers. I have never felt so much remorse for a losing team, a team that played perfectly all season and 47 minutes in the championship game, but couldn’t close the door on a team driven by a tenacious defensive line and a quarterback with a will to win.

But this is a new season, and a new team for the Riverhawks. And their competition is tested and ready for battle. The Cougars have looked unbeatable all year. Bothell quarterback Ross Conners is looking like one of the top QBs in the state, but the loss of star running back Sam McPherson may prove costly. Chiawana had the best defensive line in 4A last year, and returned three of those starters last season.

Look for another spectacular game and finish in this one. Chiawana has just one loss this season, to the Papermakers of Camas. Bothell is undefeated and deservedly so, they have outscored their opponents 597-133 on the year. Who will lift the trophy in Tacoma? Come join the action on Saturday night, December 6th, at 7:30pm.

3A State Finals Preview, Bellevue vs. Eastside Catholic Round 3

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3A State Finals Preview, Bellevue vs. Eastside Catholic Round 3
By Colin Caruso

The Bellevue Wolverines have won 67 straight games, a streak that goes back to 2010 when Mat Taylor’s Skyline Spartans topped them in a regular season contest. They routinely schedule games against the top teams out of state, this year against Serra (CA), and routinely pull off convincing victories. They are dominate, fast, big and strong. The Wolverines are in search of their 7th consecutive state title, and standing in their way is the Eastside Catholic Crusaders.

Eastside showed their grit last year in advancing past the O’Dea Fighting Irish to the state finals, to meet the Wolverines in a 425 clash. The game wasn’t much of a contest, coinciding with the Wolverines season, and ended in a 52-20 route. This year will prove to be much closer than that. One of the states finest running backs, Brandon Wellington, is now a junior and is playing the best football of his life. Junior quarterback Harley Kirsch is also a year older, more mature, and is prepared for a matchup against one of the finest teams in the nation.

The big question at hand, are the Wolverines vulnerable? They showed hints of vulnerability last week against Marysville-Pilchuck. Can the Cru’ end the streak? I don’t think it’s in the cards just yet, but hey, it has to happen sometime, right?

Sedro-Woolley Marches to State Final

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Saturday Nov. 29 2014 2A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tumwater 0 7 14 6 27
Sedro-Woolley 7 7 7 7 28

Game Recap below

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Sedro-Woolley Marches to State Final
By Colin Caruso

When taking on a Tumwater Thunderbird squad with Sid Otten at the helm, the winning-est coach in Washington state history, you know you need to bring your ‘A’ game in order to contend. Strangely enough in this game, it was the team with the fewer mistakes that was able to prevail. An unbelievable 7 turnovers in the first half, seemingly no one wanted the football, led to a 14-7 lead for the Sedro-Woolley Cubs going into the half.

Finally the teams settled down, took care of the football, and we saw some of the finest high school football of the season in the second half. Sid Otten called a fake punt early in the third quarter that led to a Ian Saner touchdown run on the next play, his second of three on the day, to tie the game up at 14. But the Cubs answered quckly. A 4 play march, topped off by a Quinn Carpenter 35 yard run, put the Cubs back on top, 21-14.

Ian Saner wouldn’t let it stay at that score, and punched in another touchdown late in the third to tie the game back up at 21. After a series of punts, Mason Elms, a quarterback/wide receiver/running back/wing back for the Cubs stormed down the far sideline for a 24 yard score. About the score, Elms mentioned, “I wasn’t planning on scoring.” But he did, and he put his team ahead midway through the fourth quarter.

Tumwater would answer with a Griffin Shea score, but the kick missed left, and Tumwater found themselves trailing 28-17 with under 3 minutes to play.

The T-birds forced a 3 and out and drove down to the Cubs 22 yard line. There they set up for a 39 yard field goal. The Cubs line broke through the Thunderbird line on the attempt, and Elijah Hill’s kick was blocked with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Cubs recovered, kneeled out the clock, and advanced to the state finals.

A GREAT game back and forth between two deserving teams. Congratulations to Sedro-Woolley for advancing to the Gridiron Classic.

The FinalScore – Sedro-Woolley 28, Tumwater 27.

Top Performers:
Tumwater
Ian Saner – 18 carries for 91 yards and 3 TD

Sedro-Woolley
Carter Crosby – 82 rush yards and 1 TD
Mason Elms – 80 rush yards and 1 TD

Bothell Explosive in Second Half to Reach 4A Final

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Saturday Nov. 29 2014 4A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 13 7 10 7 37
Newport-Bellevue 0 13 6 0 19

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Bothell Explosive in Second Half to Reach 4A Final
By Steven Dion

Tom Bainter is one win away from a perfect season and capturing his first state title. His Cougs were matched with KingCo foe Newport in the 4A semifinal at the Tacoma Dome. The Knights quietly made an impressive playoff run to reach the semis with wins over Lake Stevens and Federal Way. A big question surrounding Bothell’s ability to claim the championship is their ability to fill the shoes of star tailback Sam McPherson. The Blue Train did not appear to lose much steam in the opening rounds of the postseason, but would Newport and their complex run-game and stout line pull an upset?

The Knights commitment to the run was evident early, but they coughed the ball up twice early in the contest leading to Bothell points including a 37 yard return by Jordan Baker. After conducting a blowout against Bellarmine last week, it seemed the Cougars were poised to do the same Saturday night. However, Newport put together a strong second quarter starting with a 14 play, 71 yard drive capped off with a Nick Keithley dive from the 1 yard line. After the ensuing kickoff, NHS recovered the football on a bobbled snap resulting in a Thomas Day touchdown two plays later. The lead was restored by the blue and white when Ross Bowers connected with Jackson Keimig shortly before halftime. Bothell led 20-13 with 24 minutes to play.

Newport conducted a signature long drive to open the second half which was capped off with a Thomas Day highlight-reel run from 26 yards out. The Knights ran the ball on 54 of 57 plays from scrimmage. While this led to success for most of the game, it eventually led to Bothell’s ability to clamp down. Led by hard-hitting Tyler Wharf and his 8.5 tackles, Bothell’s defensive front gave their offense ample time of possession to put the game away. Dayzell Wilson hauled in a jump ball despite tight coverage and a wide open strike for 41 yards in a span of four minutes to ice the game. The Cougars will play the defending champions Chiawana next week for the 4A title.

The FinalScore – Bothell 37, Newport 19.

Top Performers:
Bothell
Ross Bowers- 12/15, 172 yards, 3 TDs
Dayzell Wilson- 5 rec, 76 yards, 2 TDs

Newport
Thomas Day- 13 rush, 71 yards, 2 TDs

Neah Bay Grinds a State Semifinal Win over Lummi

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Saturday Nov. 29 2014 1B Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Neah Bay 0 20 0 6 26
Lummi 6 6 8 0 20

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Neah Bay Grinds a State Semifinal Win over Lummi
By Colin Caruso

In their third matchup this season, in 8-8 football (a ton of fun, I encourage you to catch a game) the Neah Bay Red Devils faced off against the Lummi Blackhawks for a trip to the state finals. Neah Bay won both previous matchups by a 12 point margin in both games, but Lummi was looking to knock off the defending champs.

Lummi started the scoring in the first quarter with an Austin Brockie 1 yard run. But it was Neah Bay’s second quarter that really changed the course of this game. Three scores for the Red Devils, one with Cole Svec’s arm and one with his legs, along with a fumble recovery gave the Red Devils an 8 point lead heading into the second half.

Lummi answered in the third with a needed Hank Hoskins 2 yard run, he was great for the Blackhawks all day and had two scores in the game. But Neah Bay wore the Blackhawks out. Hoskins went down with a cramp and was gassed going into the fourth quarter. Neah Bay capitalized on a Cameron Buzzell 28 yard catch, proving to be the final score of the game.

The Red Devils advanced to the state finals for the fourth season in a row!

The FinalScore – Neah Bay 26, Lummi 20.

Top Performers:
Neah Bay
Cole Svec – 18 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD, 68 yard passing TD

Lummi
Hank Hoskins – 12 carries for 55 yards and 2 TD

Cascade Christian Cruises to 1A Championship Game

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Saturday Nov. 29 2014 1A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eatonville 0 0 7 7 14
Cascade Christian 14 7 7 14 42

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Cascade Christian Cruises to 1A Championship Game
By Steven Dion

One year ago, the Cougs that hail from the Puyallup Valley ended their season in the Tacoma Dome. Unfortunately for them, it was on a game winning overtime field goal by Mount Baker. This year, Randy Davis’ Cougars refused to let history repeat itself. They advanced in the playoffs to earn themselves a chance to compete for the title next week with a win over the Eatonville Cruisers. Both teams had identical 11-0 marks heading into the contest. How would one team emerge to maintain the spotless record?

CCHS wasted no time getting their dynamic offense rolling. Jaelin Goldsmith connected with Bryce Powers on a 59 yard bomb with less than two minutes elapsed in the game. Their ability to throw the ball effectively opened up the run game and turned into a rushing score by Riley Ramos. The Cougar defense led by hard-hitting Mason Tobeck contained a run-heavy Cruiser squad and pitched a shutout in the first half. One more score by Cascade Christian in the first half by Tobeck brought the lead to 21 points heading into the locker room. But before halftime, Eatonville freshman Tucker Poil pulled off a rare feat. He intercepted a pass, but was stripped of ball as he tried to return it and turned it back over. On the very next play, he recorded another interception!

Eatonville needed to make changes at the intermission to climb back into the offense and the momentum slowly started to shift in Coach Fairhart’s team’s way. A seven-play, sixty-one yard drive was capped off with a 3 yard touchdown grab by Justin Brandt from Jacob McCormick. Eatonville was able to quickly get the ball back and drive into Cascade territory. A big gamble on fourth down deep in Cougar territory fell short for the Cruisers. Moments later, sophomore tailback Zach Bartolome took the rock 58 yards to retain a comfortable lead. Goldsmith found Powers in the endzone twice more from 14 and 15 yards out to complete the Coug scoring. In the final seconds, Eatonville’s George Tomal scored a touchdown to get his team into double digits. Cascade Christian takes on Colville next weekend at the TDome.

The FinalScore – Cascade Christian 42, Eatonville 14.

Top Performers:
Cascade Christian
Jaelin Goldsmith- 10/22 ,235 pass yds, 4 TDs, 2 INTs
Zach Bartlome- 8 rushes, 140 yds, TD

Eatonville
Jacob McCormick- 11/26, 131 pass yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
George Tomal- 5 rushes, 38 yds, TD

Napavine Squeaks Past Toledo

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Friday Nov. 28 2014 2B Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Toledo 0 7 7 8 22
Napavine 0 14 0 14 28

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Napavine Squeaks Past Toledo
By Colin Caruso

Napavine had yet to be tested prior to this contest. Their margin of victory has been off the charts, and they already placed a 36-6 rout on the visiting Toledo Indians. But that didn’t stop the Indians from fighting until literally the very last play.

With just 3 yards (yes 3 yards) of total offense in the first half, the Toledo Indians fought and clawed their way to a 14-7 deficit at half. Their only score, a 76 yard kickoff return for a TD following a Mac Fagerness TD catch brought them even with the high powered Napavine offense. Napavine was able to sneak in another Fagerness catch with just 7 seconds left in the half, taking the 14-7 lead. The stats were unbelievably misbalanced at this time. Total yards were 225-3 in favor of the Tigers.

The second half saw constant action throughout. The heavy underdog Indians stormed back midway through the third with an amazing 56 yard pass and catch from Dalton Yoder to Grant McEwen. They added another score early in the fourth, taking the lead in a game they where they were heavily outgained in yards. Unfortunately the PAT for Toledo was blocked, but they still held a 20-14 lead early in the fourth.

Napavine answered, as a championship caliber team does, with a march and score. Sam Fagerness this time, Mac’s brother, caught a 29 yard pass from Wyatt Stanley, his third on the day. The PAT was up and good, and the Tigers took a 21-20 lead. After a punt, the Tigers got the ball back, marched again, and scored again on another Stanley pass, his fourth of the day!

This final score put the game out of reach for the Indians, who added a safety on the final play to end the contest 28-22. What a game!

The FinalScore – Napavine 28, Toledo 22.

Top Performers:
Toledo
Dalton Yoder – 4-11 for 85 yards and 2 TD
Grant McEwen – 3 catches for 74 yards and 2 TD

Napavine
Wyatt Stanley – 10-21 for 161 yards and 4 TD
Mac Fagerness – 6 catches for 65 yards and 2 TD

Wolverines Advance, Pilchuck’s Memorable Season Ends

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Friday Nov. 28 2014 3A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Marysville-Pilchuck 0 3 7 0 10
Bellevue 0 10 0 10 20

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Wolverines Advance, Pilchuck’s Memorable Season Ends
By Steven Dion

Bellevue is no stranger to the Tacoma Dome and the juggernaut from the east side of Lake Washington will play in the Gridiron Classic for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons. To reach December football, Goncharoff’s guys would square off against Marysville-Pilchuck. The Tomahawks have overcome major adversity on and off the field these past few months so this game was emotionally charged in many ways. The sea of red on the MP sideline was enormous and the support was felt by everyone at the Tacoma Dome. But there was a game to be played, how did it shake out?

The smothering defense of Bellevue made a statement early by stuffing Marysville on their first few possessions. Likewise, the Tomahawks stuffed a run-heavy attack of BHS and helped keep the contest scoreless after one quarter. However, the first play of the second was a one-yard touchdown run by Sam Richmond to close a long drive for Bellevue. Pilchuck found their offensive groove by eating away a huge chunk of the frame by moving the chains and setting up Sebastian Navar for a 24 yard field goal. In the waning moments of the half, Bellevue drove quickly and efficiently down the field to retain their seven point lead as Kian Khodamorad knocked home a field goal from 28 yards out to close the first half of play. At the break, M-P head coach Brandon Carson told his team, “24 minutes, lay it on the line.”

Pilchuck’s ability to keep the score within one possession and feeding off the crowd helped take their defensive effort to another level. Bellevue was held scoreless in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Pilchuck offense came alive as Austin Joyner and Killian Page barreled through defenders to keep a long drive going into Wolverine territory. Drew Hatch who finished with 11 tackles on defense was the recipient of a 14 yard strike from Erik Lind to tie the ballgame at ten apiece. The Pilchuck sideline erupted as their resilient squad was battling toe-to-toe with the best. With one quarter left, the game was up for grabs.

The Bellevue coaching staff gathered the team together to refocus and they responded accordingly. BHS quarterback Justus Rogers found success in running the football later in the contest and set his team up for another redzone opportunity. Richmond rumbled through defenders en route to a two yard touchdown run despite the ball popping loose at the end of the run. Down a score, Pilchuck needed a response. Their offense stalled and were forced to punt. Bellevue drove down the field quickly, but were stopped from recording a likely back-breaking touchdown. Khoadamorad set up for a field goal. Off the post!

But wait, a flag was down! Running into the kicker. The Wolverines would knock it home this time to go up by ten. In the final moments of desperation, MP fumbled the ball and Bellevue would hold on to win. Incredible support by both sides as the entire Bellevue team saluted the Marysville faithfaul. Asked what Carson was going to tell his team after the game…”I love them.”

The FinalScore – Bellevue 20, Marysville-Pilchuck 10.

Top Performers:
Bellevue
Sam Richmond- 29 carries, 99 yards, 2 touchdowns

Marysville-Pilchuck
Austin Joyner- 16 carries, 90 yards

Same Matchup, Different Result Between Bothell, Bellarmine

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Saturday Nov. 22 2014 4A Boys Football
Mount Tahoma High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 13 21 3 0 37
Bellarmine Prep 0 0 0 14 14

Game Recap below

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Same Matchup, Different Result Between Bothell, Bellarmine
By Steven Dion

364 days ago, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the state semifinals over Bothell in overtime. The Cougs had a shot at redemption Saturday as the perennial 4A powers squared off on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Three weeks ago, Bainter’s Cougs appeared to be on a fast-track to the Tacoma Dome whereas Prep was unlikely to make the playoffs after suffering a 49-0 loss to Gig Harbor at home. Since then, Bothell’s star running back Sam McPherson is out for the season with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tom Larsen’s Lions have rattled off back to back road wins against #7 Kentwood and #1 Camas. Although undefeated, it is difficult to consider Bothell a clear favorite at this point. Bellarmine grabbed the victory last year as their defense had a monster game amassing four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a sack. Then junior Matt Philichi knocked a 37 yard field goal in OT to secure the win. Bothell wideout Dayzell Wilson had a reception touchdown in this contest. Round 1 was 20-17 in favor of Bellarmine. Did Bothell avenge last season’s loss?

Coach Bainter clearly did not adjust his commitment to the running game without his workhorse McPherson as he fed his runners early and with great frequency. Caleb Meyer found an opening which led to a 24 yard touchdown to get early momentum. The enormous Bothell crowd roared as the “Blue Train” grabbed an early lead. Steven Weedin added a pair of field goals in the first frame from 30 and 35 yards. The choice to attack the north endzone played a big role for punts and place-kicking for Bothell in the first half with howling winds from the south. Leading 13-0, the Cougs continued the scoring spree when Ross Bowers connected with Dayzell Wilson from 61 yards. The domination continued as two more Bellarmine turnovers resulted in touchdowns to put Bothell up 34-0 at the break.

Even with a clear victory locked up for Bothell, Bellarmine continued to battle and found the scoreboard in the second half. Ahmad Lewis was rewarded for his strong running with a 6 yard touchdown. In the waning moments of the contest, Jared Richardson found Wilcoxen in the back of the endzone on a 29 yard strike to end the one-sided game on a good note for the Lions. Bothell advances to face the winner of Federal Way and Newport. The FinalScore 37-14.

Top Performers:
Bothell
Caleb Meyer-2 rushing touchdowns (5, 24)

Bellarmine Prep vs. Bothell Preview

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Bellarmine Prep vs. Bothell Preview
By Steven Dion

364 days ago, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the state semifinals over Bothell in overtime. The Cougs will have shot at redemption Saturday as the perennial 4A powers square off on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Three weeks ago, Bainter’s Cougs appeared to be on a fast-track to the Tacoma Dome whereas Prep was unlikely to make the playoffs after suffering a 49-0 loss to Gig Harbor at home. Since then, Bothell’s star running back Sam McPherson is out for the season with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tom Larsen’s Lions have rattled off back to back road wins against #7 Kentwood and #1 Camas.

Although undefeated, it is difficult to consider Bothell a clear favorite in this match-up. Bellarmine grabbed the victory last year as their defense had a monster game amassing four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a sack. Then junior Matt Philichi knocked a 37 yard field goal in OT to secure the win. Bothell wideout Dayzell Wilson had a reception touchdown in this contest. Round 1 was 20-17 in favor of Bellarmine. Can Bothell avenge last season’s loss? Here is a breakdown of the matchup:

QB’s
Ross Bowers (BOTHELL) v. Will Robertson (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
The Cal commit Bowers is one of the best under center in the state

RB’s
Jamal Ervin + Nathan Golterman-Doyle (BELLARMINE PREP) v. Damani St. John Watkins (BOTHELL)-Advantage BELLARMINE PREP
The strong in-between-tackles Ervin and shifty Golterman-Doyle duo outmatches Coug run game without McPherson

WR’s/DB’s
Sean Hahrahan+ Dayzell Wilson (BOTHELL) v. Matt Ogard (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
Cougs sure-handed wideouts Hahrahan and Wilson also impact players on defense.

LB’s
Damani St. John-Watkins+ Shawn Munro (BOTHELL) v. Noah Failauga+ Jamal Ervin (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
Bothell defense hasn’t wavered all season with big anchors in the middle

ST’s
Matthew Philichi (BELLARMINE PREP) v. Chad Zaback (BOTHELL)
One of the best place-kickers in the state, Philichi hit the game-winner last year.

Sedro-Woolley Pitches Mammoth Shutout, Tacoma Dome Bound

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Friday Nov. 21 2014 2A Boys Football
Arlington High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sedro-Woolley 7 14 7 6 34
Burlington-Edison 0 0 0 0 0

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Sedro-Woolley Pitches Mammoth Shutout, Tacoma Dome Bound
By Steven Dion

It is rare to play in the state quarterfinal round against your chief rival from a few miles down the road. The 2A bracket worked in mysterious ways this year to allow such to happen as Sedro-Woolley battled Burlington-Edison at Arlington High School. The bleachers were packed to see this pair of Northwest League foes face each other once again. The SW Cubs took the first round on September 19th in Burlington-Edison by the score of 28-10. Would the Tigers return the favor with a trip to the Tacoma Dome on the line.

Woolley received the opening kickoff in this contest and they never looked back after making a statement on the opening possession. The Cubs moved the chains until they reached the 1 yard line and handed the ball off to their fullback/linebacker captain Quinn Carpenter. The ability to run the ball for big chunks play after play revealed a major discrepancy that defined the contest. Cub quarterback Devin Willard was a magician with the football in the way he delayed handoffs and hid the pigskin. Burlington was unable to get much offensive output early and a Chad Wilburg interception late in the first had SWHS back on the move. Woolley capitalized on the turnover with a 53 yard touchdown run by Jeffrey Barnhart. Minutes later, Wilburg picked off another ball, but took it to the house 33 yards. At the half, S-W held a commanding 21-0 lead.

If Burlington-Edison was to claw their way back into the contest, they would have to get busy early. The Tigers offensive line gave Mason Schwetz ample pass protection early in the third and they moved the ball into Cub territory. However, the drive stalled and a turnover on downs occurred when Quinten Roppel stopped the Tiger tailback on fourth and two. Sedro found the endzone shortly thereafter when Carter Crosby ran a draw play 16 yards to the pylon. Burlington’s commitment to the passing game in the stormy elements when Anthony Cann grabbed an interception off a deflection. Cruising to a win, Sedro scored its final points on a 6 yard pass from Willard to Crosby. When the scoreboard read triple zeros, Sedro-Woolley puched their ticket to the semifinals at the woodshed next weekend against Tumwater. FinalScore 34-0.

Top Performers:
Sedro-Woolley
Chad Wilburg – 2 interceptions (1 returned for TD for 33 yards)

Bellevue Takes Route 66 over Peninsula

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Saturday Nov. 21th 2014 3A Boys Football
Bellevue High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Peninsula 0 0 0 7 7
Bellevue 3 7 21 0 31

Game Recap below

Bellevue Takes Route 66 over Peninsula
By Colin Caruso

These Bellevue Wolverines, who seem to never lose, just rattled off their 66th straight win, with a fine 31-7 performance over the Peninsula Seahawks on Friday night in the Washington State quarterfinals. The Wolverines, led by Sam Richmond on the ground were able to capitalize on an unfortunate injury for the Seahawks.

Big number 77, Caleb Greer for the Seahawks went down with an ankle injury late in the second quarter, in just a 3-0 ballgame at that point. With this injury on the interior line, Bellevue was able to score quickly with a Sam Richmond touchdown.

Greer was able to return in the second half, but was limited by his injury and did not finish the contest. This opened up running holes all over the field for the Wolverines, who put up 21 straight in the third quarter to take a commanding 31-0 lead. Peninsula was able to score on a great throw by Robert Kvinsland to Kyle Olson-Urbon midway through the fourth, but it was too little too late for the Hawks.

Bellevue’s defense was menacing throughout, only allowing 6 total yards in the first half. Bellevue will advance to the state semifinal to take on the winner of Marysville Pilchuck and Columbia River.

Top Performers:
Peninsula
Robert Kvinsland – 14-24 for 139 yards and 1TD

Bellevue
Sam Richmond – 23 carries for 159 yards and 1TD