Bothell Rolls Past Grizzlies on Opening Night By Steve Dion
A drizzly night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell featured a 4A clash between Glacier Peak and host Bothell. This game had a college football feel in its heavy reliance on a passing attack leading to a high scoring affair that lasted well over three hours.
Glacier Peak struck first when Ayden Ziomas connected with Colton Bunt for a 65 yard score. Bothell quarterback Jacob Sirmon showed his tremendous arm strength on the following drive by launching a 58 yard bomb to Daniel Johnson off his back foot while taking a big hit from a Grizzlies linebacker at the point of release.
This set the tone for a back and forth affair leading to a 27-17 halftime score in favor of the home Cougars.
Bothell took a stranglehold on the game when Sirmon found Johnson again early in the third, this time for 75 yards. Peak scored shortly after on a Billy Lutali scamper up the gut, but the double digit deficit was too much to overcome.
The Final Score:
Bothell 44, Glacier Peak 29.
Jacob Sirmon-4 passing TDs (19, 30, 58, 75)
2016 Varsity Football Live Interview Gonzaga Prep Bullpups – Head Football Coach
High school football has returned!
Listen as Steve Dion catches up with head coach of the 4A defending champion Gonzaga Prep Bullpups Dave McKenna. He talks about the offseason his team has had since the state finals last December and how his team has re-tooled to make another run in 2016. Also, he discusses the atmosphere at some of the top Eastern Washington football fields such as Joe Albi Stadium where his team plays under the lights on Friday nights in the fall. Have a listen!
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Final 3A Girls Power Rankings By Steve Dion
With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 3A Girls classification!
1) Bellevue (29-0): One of the best teams in state history, the Wolverines captured the school’s first title since 1975 with a perfect 29-0 record.
2) Lynnwood (26-1): The Royals were even better this season than the championship team from a year ago, but Bellevue foiled their plans of a repeat in the semifinal round.
3) Arlington (25-2): The 3A runner up compiled 25 wins in a tough WesCo League with the only blemishes on the schedule compliments of Bellevue and Lynnwood who sit atop the Eagles in the power rankings.
4) Mt. Spokane (16-11): Spokane’s Wildcats gave Bellevue a scare in the opening round of the Hardwood Classic demonstrating their strength to run with the best Washington has to offer.
5) Kamiakin (15-12): Finishing in the Final Four this season is a tremendous feat for the Mid-Columbia representative Braves given the depth of the 3A classification.
6) Prairie (21-6): The Falcons proved they could go toe-to-toe with just about any team they faced as untimely losses spoiled a higher finish in the overall standings.
7) Edmonds-Woodway (17-12): A ten point win over Auburn-Riverside in the regional round raised some eyebrows for how prepared the Warriors were to make some noise in the postseason.
8) Lincoln (24-3): The lone Tacoma-based team to finish their season within the confines of the Dome were 24-1 heading into state cementing their rank as a top-ten team.
9) Bishop Blanchet (23-3): The young core group of Braves that nearly won the title in 2014 continues to churn out quality seasons, but does so amongst equally talented programs that are fighting to play in March.
10) West Seattle (22-4): A state tournament caliber team drew Lynnwood in regionals to prevent a trip to Tacoma, but a fantastic campaign for first year head coach Darnell Taylor nonetheless.
Final 4A Girls Power Rankings By Steve Dion
With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 4A Girls classification!
1) Central Valley (28-0): It is scary to think how good this team will be the next two seasons after a 28-0 record and a championship trophy with a team primarily composed of freshmen and sophomores.
2) Snohomish (22-4): After starting 0-3, the Panthers rattled off 22 straight wins to propel themselves to the title game as the best representative to challenge the Bears.
3) Moses Lake (25-1): It’s a shame the Chiefs met eventual 4A champ Central Valley in the quarterfinals riding an undefeated record. However, a fourth place finish in the state is nothing to be disappointed with.
4) Bothell (24-3): The Cougs’ consistency earned them a trip to the final four and a strong sense of optimism heading into next season.
5) Todd Beamer (25-3): The Titans did a remarkable job to retool after losing key pieces from the previous season to play basketball in March.
6) Lewis & Clark (18-7): The battle-tested Tigers held their own in a loaded GSHL and were one of a small group to take Central Valley to the wire.
7) Skyview (20-6): Perennial GSHL powerhouse added to their run of quality seasons falling just shy of 20 wins; a clear indication of their top ten recognition.
8) Kentlake (21-7): The sharpshooting Falcons posting a 21-7 record was validated by a trip to Tacoma with a handful of gutsy wins the ticket to get them there.
9) Bellarmine Prep (17-8): The thrill of advancing to the sweet sixteen was met with a tough departure in the regional round. A league title and a deep playoff run earn the Lions the ninth spot.
10) Chiawana (21-3): The Riverhawks are worthy of including in the top ten in 4A given their ability to make the best teams in the classification earn everything against them.
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.