Black-and-blue Bothell pounds Newport, 42-14
A Bothell team hit hard by injuries early in the season bounced back, capitalizing on Newport mistakes for a convincing win.
Seattle Times staff reporter
BOTHELL — Bothell refused to let anything get in its way Friday night.
A bevy of players out with injuries? No problem.
A little rain? Big deal.
Not even Newport's option attack, which marched inside the Bothell 5-yard line three times in the first half, could get in the Cougars' way during a 42-14 victory in the their first game at renovated Pop Keeney Stadium.
"I'm really pleased with all of them," Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. "We played a lot of kids who usually aren't ready for this, and they were ready. I'm really proud of them. I loved our energy. The crowd was special here, it certainly helped."
As Bothell began preparations for the game against the Knights, Bainter called it "a week of opportunity."
His players delivered.
Fifth-ranked Bothell (2-1) needed just four plays to take an early lead, a 68-yard drive capped Luke Proulx's 1-yard touchdown run.
Newport tried to answer, marching inside the Cougars' 5 three times on four first-half possessions, but the Knights (2-1) fumbled on all three drives and couldn't put up any points in the first half.
"We gave them a few Christmas presents on the goal line," Newport coach Mike Miller said. "It would have been an absolutely different game."
With a steady rain coming down all game, Bothell threw only three times in the first half, but the Cougars were efficient. Quarterback Braden Foley hit Trent Sewell for completions of 34 and 41 yards, the second going for a touchdown to put the fifth-ranked Cougars up 13-0 at the half.
Bothell piled on three more touchdowns in the third quarter before the Knights got on the board in the fourth quarter.
"We had a great week of practice," said Proulx, who had 161 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. "The kids stepped up who needed to step up and kind of found their roles in this Bothell Cougar offense and defense."
For the first two weeks of the season, the Knights did a nice job taking care of the football, but they struggled in the steady rain against Bothell.
"We haven't played in the rain, but heck, we've been great about keeping the ball off the turf on the turnovers," Miller said. "You can't win when you turn the ball over that many times. That's a tough one to handle, but they're a great team."
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