|Pop Keeney Stadium
Bothell Maintains Dominance
By Colin Caruso
Pop Keeney welcomed the Mount Si Wildcats to take on the #1 team in the state in 4A football, the Bothell Cougars. It was Homecoming for the Cougars, who have dismantled their opponents this year by a total score of 173-59. This game was par for the course for the Cougars, who jumped all over the Wildcats early and often.
Three first half touchdowns for Sam McPherson and the Cougars led to a 31-0 halftime score. They also amounted two interceptions on defense and blocked two punts in the first half. It was a superb effort for the Cougars, 4-0, who click on all sides of the ball. McPherson would add another rushing score in the second half, and a kick return TD, giving him 5 touchdowns on the day.
Mount Si, despite being a larger team than Bothell, could not get off the ball with the same pace and tenacity as the Cougars. The Cougar crowd was in full force for the Homecoming festivities, and their team played with the pace needed to secure a good victory.
Mount Si falls to 2-2 on the year, an unfamiliar place for them, as the past few years they have been at the top of 3A/2A KingCo, right behind the Wolverines of Bellevue. This jump to the bigger 4A division has shown its difficulties, and Mount Si will have to battle through that. A roster of over 15 seniors should bring this team back with a force to finish the year strong.
But this night belonged to McPherson and the Cougars. A final score of 43-13 closed Friday night for Pop Keeney, and Bothell was able to celebrate their Homecoming with a victory.
Jonathan Hillel – 14-22 150 yards, 2TD, 2INT
Sam McPherson – 15 carries for 109 yards and 4TD, 90 yard KO return for TD
Ross Bowers – 16-23 205 yards, 1TD 1INT