Lake Stevens Routs Bearcats for Fourth Consecutive League Title

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Friday Oct 28th 2016 4A WesCo Boys Football
Lake Stevens High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Monroe 0 0 0 3 3
Lake Stevens 14 21 7 0 42

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Lake Stevens Routs Bearcats for Fourth Consecutive League Title
By Steve Dion

The build up for what some dubbed “The Game of the Decade” in WesCo country was tremendous. The parking extended several blocks with standing room only. Virtually the entire town of Monroe showed up. Which undefeated heavyweight would prevail; the up-and-coming Bearcats or three-time defending champ Vikings?

Monroe was excited for this game, but maybe they were too pumped up in the early going. Lake Stevens’ cooler heads prevailed throughout the entirety of the ballgame.

On their first drive, the offense converted a crucial third and long which set up a 45 yard Blake May touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

Monroe was unable to generate a response and Lake Stevens took full advantage by getting the ball into the hands of one of their premier playmakers Hunter Eckstrom whose availability was uncertain heading into the game. He took a pitch out of the backfield 63 yards to the house for a two score lead early.

Monroe began to shoot themselves in the foot because moments later they coughed it up and handed it right back over to the Viks.

Early in the second quarter quarterback Conor Bardue who has done a fantastic job taking over after Jacob Eason graduated found Josh Rasmussen from 33 yards out. The rout was on.

The Bardue/Rasmussen battery notched 4 touchdowns in the game one of which occurred immediately after an act of pure highway robbery by Anthony Hutchinson who ripped the ball from a Monroe ball carrier.

At halftime the scoreboard read 35-0 in favor of Lake Stevens. The total yardage was 298 to 74 in favor of the Vikings: a complete display of domination. Monroe’s JJ Jerome never got in a rhythm and the vaunted lines of scrimmage were humbled by the hungrier Vikings.

The running clock did take effect in the third when Rasmussen’s fourth and final touchdown put his team up and over the requisite 40 points.

Monroe was able to grind out a field goal, but those were the only Bearcat points in the game. They will have to shake this one off if they want to advance in the postseason.

Lake Stevens claims the WesCo 4A crown again and the #1 seed out of District 1 all the while looking like an increasingly dangerous team heading into the playoffs.

The Final Score:
Lake Stevens 42, Monroe 3.

Top Performer

Lake Stevens
Jake Rasmussen- 4 rec TDs

Timberline Keeps Peninsula Out of Endzone for Title Crown

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Thursday Oct 27th 2016 3A South Sound Boys Football
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Peninsula 0 0 3 0 3
Timberline 0 7 0 0 7

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Timberline Keeps Peninsula Out of Endzone for Title Crown
By Steve Dion

The seventh and final week of league play to close the regular season proved necessary to determine the South Sound Conference winner as the Timberline Blazers played host to the Peninsula Seahawks at South Sound Stadium on Thursday night.

The battle at the line of scrimmage dictated the outcome of this contest as both offensive units struggled to find their groove for the majority of the game.

A Timberline drive late in the second quarter deep in Seahawk territory resulted in a 25 yard strike from Jacob Henning to Tariq Romain on fourth down.

Peninsula returned from the locker room ready to put a strong second half together as the opening kickoff was returned into the Blazers side of the field. Unfortunately the drive stalled and they settled for a Danny Jackson field goal from 35 yards out.

The Hawks defense stepped up yet again when Michael Campigotto picked off a deep Timberline pass and ran back a nice return. The Blazers did not allow that to bite them.

As the end of regulation was closing in, Peninsula had one final drive to punch it in. Brandon Potter took a pitch from the backfield inside the THS five yard line with less than a minute remaining.

The Blazer defense held their ground after that lapse and stuffed Peninsula the next three plays.

On fourth down, it was all or nothing. Quarterback Ryder Johnson drops back, scans his check downs, finds his target. Incomplete!

Timberline takes control and lines up in the victory formation to close out the game and claim the 2016 South Sound Conference Title!

The Final Score:
Timberline 7, Peninsula 3.

Top Performer

Timberline
Tariq Romain- 25 yard rec TD

2016 Coach Interview
Lincoln
Head Coach Masaki Matsumoto

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2016 Coach Interview
Lincoln – Head Football Coach
Masaki Matsumoto

Second year head coach of the Lincoln Abes Masaki Matsumoto joins Steve Dion to discuss the path to a 2016 Pierce County League title. What are his cornerstone coaching philosophies and who are some of the key players on this year’s squad? Listen as Coach Matsumoto gives an inside look of his thriving football program.

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Playoff Preview:
South Sound
Dion & Cotterill Break it Down

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Playoff Preview presented by theFinalScore.TV

Varsity Football Live reporter TJ Cotterill of the Tacoma News Tribune joins Steve Dion for a breakdown of the South Sound playoff picture as we enter the final week of the regular season. Which teams have already punched their ticket to the postseason and which schools are still vying for a trip to the playoffs?

Listen to our Playoff Preview by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Playoff Preview:
WesCo
Dion & Willits Breakdown

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Playoff Preview presented by theFinalScore.TV

Varsity Football Live reporter Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network joins Steve Dion to break down the WesCo playoff picture. Who are the top seeds in 3A & 4A and which teams are still fighting for a postseason berth? We’ll break it down for you!

Listen to our playoff preview of the WesCo League by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.


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2016 VFL Coach Interview
O’Dea Fighting Irish
Head Coach Monte Kohler

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2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
O’Dea Fighting Irish – Head Football Coach
Monte Kohler

Longtime O’Dea head coach Monte Kohler joins Dick Fain on Varsity Football Live in the wake of a big win against Eastside Catholic. He talks about this year’s current team and their aspirations to contend for a state title. Coach Kohler also addresses the question as to how he maintains his passion for coaching year-after-year.

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Hockinson vs. Hoquiam
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Ian on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Ian Cope
Hockinson vs. Hoquiam

Listen to Dick and Ian Cope talk about the nailbiter between the Hawks and the Grizzlies.
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Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln
Audio Game Recap
Dick & TJ on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – TJ Cotterill
Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln

Dick and TJ Cotterill talk about this 3A Pierce County League battle between the Panthers and the Abes.
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Read T.J. Cotterill’s full article at TheNewsTribune.com

Columbia River vs. Mark Morris
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Vern on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Vern Foster

Columbia River vs. Mark Morris

Dick and Vern Foster recap the Chieftains game vs. the Monarchs.
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Timberline vs. North Thurston
Audio Game Recap
Dick & JJ on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – JJ Jensen

Timberline vs. North Thurston

Dick and JJ Jensen recap the Blazers game vs. the Rams.
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Richland vs. Chiawana
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Mike on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Mike McDonnal
Richland vs. Chiawana

Dick and Mike McDonnal discuss a big-time Mid-Columbia matchup between the Bombers and Riverhawks.
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Union vs. Skyview
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Paul on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Paul Valencia
Union vs. Skyview

Dick and Paul Valencia bring us this audio wrap-up
of the Titans vs. Storm matchup.
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Dick & Steve Varsity Football Live

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2 Varsity Football Live – Game Recaps – Steve Willits

Meadowdale vs. Edmonds-Woodway &
Mountlake Terrace vs. Lynnwood

Listen to Dick and Steve Willits break down two WESCO League Matchups.
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VFL’s Big Game of the Week:
Woodinville vs. Skyline

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Game Recaps as broadcasted on Sports Radio 950 KJR

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Varsity Football Live’s Big Game of the Week
Woodinville vs. Skyline

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Abes Clinch League Title Against Panthers in Rematch

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Thursday Oct 21st 2016 3A Pierce County Boys Football
Lincoln Bowl 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bonney Lake 0 0 3 0 3
Lincoln 0 0 0 14 14

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Abes Clinch League Title Against Panthers in Rematch
By Steve Dion

With one game remaining in the regular season, league titles are being locked up and the playoff seeding is in full effect. Friday night’s Pierce County League contest between the Lincoln Abes and Bonney Lake Panthers carried heavy conference championship implications. Bonney Lake beat Lincoln last season to win the conference, could Lincoln return the favor?

The Abes quickly moved the ball into scoring territory on the opening drive, but numerous penalties halted their progress and forced them to hand the ball to the Panthers. Bonney Lake tried to establish their run game through feeding tailback Jason Day time after time. Lincoln’s defense held their ground and prevented big gains.

As the half wore on, the Abes continued to shoot themselves in the foot with costly penalties and untimely turnovers to prevent them from picking up points. Tristian Kwon lit a spark for Lincoln with big gains that let the Panthers know they would need to pack some punch sooner than later. BL’s inability to sustain drives was their Achilles heel in the first half. The halftime scoreboard read 0-0.

When play resumed, Bonney Lake finally put together a scoring drive which included a pass from Kaeden Hammond to Day out of the backfield and a pass interference penalty. Tate Hamlett buried a 28 yard field goal for the first points of the game. Could Lincoln counter?

A failed drive turned the ball back to the Panthers, but Lincoln struck in a big way when Teshawn Seu took an interception 90 yards to the house for the lead.
Shortly thereafter, the Abes piled on with a 60 yard run by quarterback Joey Sinclair.

The Panthers simply could not recoil from the momentum swing and the damage was done for both sides. With the win and a loss by Stadium, the Lincoln Abes are winners of the 2016 Pierce County League title.

The Final Score:
Lincoln 14, Bonney Lake 3.

Top Performer

Lincoln
Teshawn Seu- 90 yard interception return for TD

Woodinville Survives Triple OT Battle with Skyline to Claim KingCo Crown

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Thursday Oct 20th 2016 4A KingCo Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT 3OT Final
Skyline 0 13 0 8 7 7 0 35
Woodinville 0 7 0 14 7 7 7 42

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Woodinville Survives Triple OT Battle with Skyline to Claim KingCo Crown
By Steve Dion

A soggy Thursday night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell featured the #5 Skyline Spartans (6-1 overall, 6-0 league) taking on the #6 Woodinville Falcons (7-0 overall, 6-0 league). This game would crown the KingCo 4A title even with one game remaining in the regular season. A championship buzz was in the air.

The Spartans grabbed control of the game in the first half when Isaiah Shim turned a handful of pitches from the backfield into big gains. They paid off with an 8 yard pass to Alex Diegel from Drew Kistner. The Falcons didn’t respond so Skyline added on with a razzle dazzle double pass for 53 yards from receiver Bradley Kim to CJ Moore. Woodinville was on the ropes early.

In an attempt to salvage the half with some momentum, the Falcons struck gold when Michael Roth bolted down the sideline and hauled in a perfectly placed deep ball by Jaden Sheffey. The scoreboard read 13-7 at the break.

Woodinville picked up where they left off when an early drive in the third quarter found them on the doorstep of a potentially leading score. However, a fumble near the goal line rolled into the endzone and was recovered by the Spartans.

Shim’s hard work in the first half paid off when the senior weaved his way for a 4th quarter score to put his team up by 14. Could the Falcons rally?

Mack Minnehan took the call and mere minutes later plowed his way to pay dirt to bring the contest back to one score. The Woodinville sideline erupted.

After a gutsy defensive stop, the Falcons had a chance to tie the game. Nash Fouch stepped in with a tremendous grab in the corner of the endzone to bring the ballgame to 21 apiece. Skyline opted to run clock and attempt to win in overtime.

Woodinville had the first crack in overtime and chose to keep feeding Minnehan the ball. After some big chunks of yards, he pushed the ball past the plane to put the pressure on the Spartans.

With a hungry Woodinville defense that could taste victory, Skyline needed a clutch play to keep their hopes alive. On 4th and 10 from the 11 yard line, Kister found Kim over the middle for exactly 10 yards to earn a fresh set of downs from one yard out. They punched it in.

Skyline opened second overtime with a handful of quick passes to move the chains and set up shim for a goal line plunge.

On Woodinville’s first play of double OT, Minnehan ran into a wall of tacklers but somehow emerged from the pile and took the ball to the house to bring the game to a THIRD OVERTIME!

Woodinville had the first crack in which Fouch showed off his great ball skills hauling in a 50/50 ball in the corner to put his team back on top.

Facing a fourth and goal from the four yard line, could Skyline continue this tight-rope act? The Falcons defense broke up a would-be touchdown pass to seal the win and a league title prompting the Woodinville crowd to pour onto Pop Keeney Stadium field.

The Final Score:
Woodinville 42, Skyline 35.

Top Performers

Woodinville
Mack Minnehan- 3 TDs (1,25,30)

Skyline
Isaiah Shim- 2 TDs (1, 16)

Steve Willits
Player Interview
Sydney Gormley (Lakewood)

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Player Interview by Varsity Football Live Reporter Steve Willits

Steve Willits had a chance to catch up with Lakewood HS kicker Sydney Gormley and Head Coach Dan Teeter after her game-winning field goal against Anacortes. The full interview can be found on the Prep Chatter podcast at www.thehawkeye.org!

Player Interview with Varsity Football Live Reporter Steve Willits from SoundLiveSportsNetwork.com

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2016 VFL Coach Interview
Skyline Spartans
Head Coach Mat Taylor

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2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
Skyline Spartans – Head Football Coach
Mat Taylor

Now in his ninth year on the Sammamish Plateau as the head coach of the Spartans, Mat Taylor joins Dick Fain to talk about one of the state’s most dominant programs. He discusses this year’s team and their title hopes after a 2015 runner-up finish, some top players on the roster, and some top former players he coached at Skyline.

To catch the complete radio interview with Skyline Coach Mat Taylor,
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VFL’s Big Games of the Week:
Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea

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Game Recaps as broadcasted on Sports Radio 950 KJR

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Varsity Football Live’s Big Games of the Week
Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea

Big Games of the Week: Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea
10-7-16

Bellarmine Prep vs. Sumner
Audio Game Recap
Dick & TJ on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – TJ Cotterill
Bellarmine Prep vs. Sumner

Dick and TJ Cotterill talk about this 4A SPSL game as the Lions battled the Spartans.
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Read T.J. Cotterill’s full article at TheNewsTribune.com

Lynnwood vs. Everett
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Steve Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Steve Willits

Lynnwood vs. Everett

Listen to Dick and Steve Willits break down a WesCo matchup between the Royals & Seagulls.
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Montesano vs. Hoquiam
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Ian on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Ian Cope
Montesano vs. Hoquiam

Listen to Dick and Ian Cope talk about the Bulldogs and their game against the Grizzlies.
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Columbia River vs. Hockinson
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Paul on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Paul Valencia
Columbia River vs. Hockinson

Dick and Paul Valencia bring us this audio wrap-up
of the Chieftains vs. Hawks matchup.
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Read Paul Valencia’s full article at Columbian.com

Bellingham vs. Sedro-Woolley
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Jeff on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Jeff Rex
Bellingham vs. Sedro-Woolley

Dick and Jeff Rex talk Red Raiders vs. Cubs football and the highlights from tonight’s game.
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Hanford vs. Southridge & Chiawana vs. Pasco
Audio Game Recaps
Dick & Mike on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recaps – Mike McDonnal
Hanford vs. Southridge & Chiawana vs. Pasco

Dick and Mike McDonnal discuss a pair of Mid-Columbia matchups.
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Hudson’s Bay vs. Mark Morris
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Vern on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Vern Foster

Hudson’s Bay vs. Mark Morris

Dick and Vern Foster recap the Eagles game vs. the Monarchs.
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Catch Vern Foster’s game of the week every Friday Night on KUKN.com

Aberdeen vs. Black Hills
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Ian on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Ian Cope
Aberdeen vs. Black Hills

Listen to Dick and Ian Cope talk about the Bobcats and their game against the Wolves.
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VFL’s Big Games of the Week:
Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia

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Game Recaps as broadcasted on Sports Radio 950 KJR

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Varsity Football Live’s Big Games of the Week
Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia

Big Games of the Week: Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia
10-7-16

Sedro-Woolley vs. Burlington-Edison
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Josh on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Josh Anderson
Sedro-Woolley vs. Burlington-Edison

Dick and Josh Anderson talk Cubs vs. Tigers football and the highlights from tonight’s game.
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