Bothell 56, Skyline 0
Ross Bowers throws for 333 yards for Bothell, which snapped up the KingCo 4A title with the victory.
Seattle Times staff reporter
No. 1 Bothell (7-0, 7-0 KingCo 4A) scored on three of its first four possessions and left rival Skyline (4-3, 4-2) in its dust en route to a 56-0 win and the KingCo 4A football title.
The Cougars couldn’t have asked for a much better start when Ross Bowers hit a wide-open Dayzell Wilson for an 83-yard touchdown strike on the first play. After Sam McPherson recovered a fumble on Skyline’s first play, the senior jack-of-all-trades took a Bowers pass 31 yards for another score.
After forcing a punt, Bothell needed two plays to get McPherson into the end zone — the second of three scores for the senior — on a 13-yard run. Bothell went up 28-0 by the end of the first quarter and led 42-0 at the half.
“It was a great start; we came out firing,” McPherson said.
Bowers nearly perfect
The Bothell senior completed his first 16 pass attempts and finished 18 of 19 for 333 yards and five touchdowns before being replaced in the third quarter. Some of the throws were easy passes into the flat, but others were right on the mark into coverage.
What’s more, the California commit, who entered the game averaging the second-most passing yards per game in KingCo 4A behind Skyline’s Blake Gregory, connected with six different receivers. Wilson led the group with five catches for 141 yards.
Bothell’s McPherson: “(Bowers) got the poise in the pocket ... the strongest arm that I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t ask for a better leader.”
Bothell’s Bowers: “It feels great, never beat ’em before in my high-school career. Really just happy to get it for the coaches. We’ve put them through a lot of losses with Skyline, a lot of heartbreak. So it’s good to get one.”