What can Bothell do for an encore? How about a spot in Gridiron Classic?
With its historic nine-overtime victory Saturday, the Bothell Cougars led six Seattle-area football teams into the semifinals of the Class 4A and 3A high-school football playoffs this weekend.
Bothell beat Pasco 43-40 in nine overtimes, tying the 29-year-old national record for the longest prep game played and setting the mark for the longest playoff. The only other nine-overtime 11-man game was between Northeastern and Southeastern of Detroit in 1977. Southeastern won, 42-36. The two longest previous games in Washington went seven OTs.
Fullback Luke Jones scored on a 10-yard run as Bothell won at Pop Keeney Stadium. The quarterfinal game was tied at 14 at the end of regulation.
The 4A Cougars (11-1) face unbeaten Edmonds-Woodway (12-0) Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. No. 2 Edmonds-Woodway beat Woodinville 13-3 Saturday night at Pop Keeney behind 123 rushing yards by Josh Heard.
Ninth-ranked Oak Harbor (11-1) beat No. 4 Skyview of Vancouver 26-22 on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on a 4-yard touchdown run by Tony Thulin with 38 seconds left to advance to the other semifinal. The Wildcats from Whidbey Island face top-ranked Gonzaga Prep (11-1) of Spokane at 4 p.m. Saturday at Spokane's Albi Stadium in the other 4A semifinal. Gonzaga Prep overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Eastlake of Sammamish 21-20 on Saturday.
In 3A, the top two teams collide in the semifinals when unbeaten Bellevue and Auburn play at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Top-ranked Bellevue beat Eastside Catholic 35-13 Saturday as Ladell Carroll scored the Wolverines' first four TDs, and No. 2 Auburn beat Timberline of Lacey 47-14 Friday.
Third-ranked Kennedy of Burien (12-0) plays Kamiakin of Kennewick (11-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lampson Field in Kennewick. Kamiakin advanced by shutting out Mount Si of Snoqualmie 16-0 on Saturday, and Kennedy beat O'Dea 21-6 on Friday.
Both 2A semifinals are at the Tacoma Dome. No. 1 Prosser (12-0) meets Centralia (11-1) Saturday at 4 p.m., and Lynden (11-1) plays Tumwater (11-1) on Friday at 4 p.m. Also, Saturday in Tacoma, Touchet (7-4) meets Lummi (10-1) in a B-8 semifinal at 1 p.m.
Gridiron Classic, the six state championship games, are scheduled Dec. 1-2 in Tacoma, with the 3A final Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the 4A final Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Issaquah won the 3A state girls championship for the second time in three years, Woodinville won its first 4A title and Archbishop Murphy upset Cedarcrest for the 2A crown Saturday in Lakewood.
Seattle Christian beat La Salle of Yakima 2-1 to win the 1A/2B/1B girls title in University Place. In 2B/1B boys soccer, Bear Creek of Redmond (15-3-1) beat Northwest Christian of Colbert 1-0 in a shootout. Bear Creek had gone 0-15 in 2003.
Four different players scored as Issaquah (19-0-2) beat Seattle Prep 4-1, winning the title that eluded it a year ago.
Junior forward Jamie Lindstrom scored in the 65th minute as Woodinville (15-3-4) edged Stanwood 1-0 in the 4A final.
Archbishop Murphy near Mill Creek (20-3) upset Cedarcrest of Duval (22-1) 1-0 in the 2A final.