Bothell football season comes to an end in Tacoma, second time in three season | Prep football

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Two years ago the Bothell High School football team traveled to Tahoma High School in Tacoma to take on Bellermine Prep for a state playoff game. The No. 5 ranked Cougars’ season came to an abrupt end. So when Bothell drew Bellermine Prep Saturday during the second round of the state playoffs it seemed as if karma was coming back around.

But the Cougars fell behind early, making critical mistakes and giving up three second-quarter touchdowns from which they could not recover.

The Lions held off a fourth quarter rally to beat Bothell 35-30, ending the Cougars’ tumultuous season.

Crucial mistakes hurt Bothell, like a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bellermine Prep to start the game. But the Cougars came storming back, first scoring on a two-yard touchdown run by Danny Wilson to tie the game and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers to Jared Berry to take a 14-7 lead to start the second quarter. Wilson finished the game with over 100 yards on the ground.

But another big mistake by the Cougars gave the Lions the momentum back. A short run play became a huge 44-yard scamper for Prep running back Lou Millie, as he broke free for the touchdown.

The Lions continued to add to the pressure, scoring again on a shorter three-yard touchdown run to reclaim the lead 21-14.

Bothell got three points back with a long 38-yard field goal by Alec Yarno, but Bellermine extended the lead again just before half time with its third touchdown of the quarter. The score pushed the advantage to a 28-17 lead heading into the locker room.

Prep pushed its advantage to 35-17 during fourth quarter but the Cougars never gave up. Bowers and Berry hooked up for a 57-yard touchdown pass to cut into the lead. Bowers then found Wilson for touchdown pass during the waning minutes of the game. But a failed two-point conversion left the Cougars needing a third touchdown to win and not enough time on the clock.

The Cougars’ committed three turnovers and a big penalty on a kickoff return that negated a touchdown. The mistakes hurt the team’s chance to advance to the state quarter finals.

For Bothell, this season has been full of highs and lows. The team entered the season ranked in most top 10 polls for the state but then lost its first three games of the season.

The league schedule helped the Cougars get over the hump, as they went undefeated, including a mammoth 66-21 Spaghetti-Bowl victory against rival Inglemoor.

Bothell finishes the season with a 6-5 overall record and the Crest Division title.

The loss was toughest on the team's seniors, as it was the last time they will step foot on a prep football field as a player.

Those seniors include: Derek Pedersen, Jared Berry, Darrin Laufasa, Jeremy Ruef, Spencer Curtright, Aaron Wilks, Zachary Alvis, Devin Fife-aebischer, Jed Aboulhosn, Jeff Hansen, Jared Markewicz, Will McIntyre, Riley Brohaugh, Dakota Warner, Alec Yarno, Joshua Dibenedetto, Reshon Watson, Camden McLeod, Brad Joyner, Connor Lobe,  Davidson, Drew Williams, Kizhan Proctor, Mitch Wells, Danny Wilson, Tristen Bartsch, Anthony Thelen, Sean Hutcheson and Scott Williams.


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