Tom Bainter was absolutely sure to make a place to his fifth-rated Bothell Higher School football team following its 19-14 victory Friday night above Woodinville to close out the pandemic-impacted year at 4-, all from 4A KingCo opponents.
“I told our men, ‘We’ve only experienced two undefeated teams in my 21 a long time,” stated Bainter, who guided the Cougars to the Class 4A title in 2014 at 14-.
“We can say we only played 4 online games, but we played Woodinville twice and a incredibly proficient North Creek team. We did all the things we could have finished in a four-game year.”
Just after a sluggish start, the Cougars’ protection scored two times in the fourth quarter – on linebacker Gunnar Genoway’s 72-garden interception return, and on a safety – to crack absent from the Falcons.
Here are 5 observations from the Bothell-Woodinville recreation:
YOU Constantly KNOW WAYNE MAXWELL-COACHED Groups MAKE Adjustments
In 7 days 1, Wayne Maxwell took almost an total new forged of varsity starters at Woodinville and played its best 4A KingCo rival – Bothell. The Falcons lost, 32-6 at Pop Keeney Stadium.
They were being down 24- at halftime. They did not even have a to start with down. And Bothell was receiving massive performs on the Falcons’ defense.
But in the rematch, it was Woodinville that controlled the initially fifty percent – attaining 167 overall yards, to Bothell’s 73. And the Falcons also scored the lone touchdown on quarterback Michael Deuster’s 1-lawn sneak to conclusion a 13-participate in, 87-yard scoring generate early in the 2nd quarter.
“The self-confidence amount was the major factor from observing the place men have been at in 7 days 1,” Maxwell stated. “There were various factors we were being not firing efficiently on. The volume of progress we’ve had in the 4 months is huge.”
OF Study course, THE OTHER Facet IS Quite Superior AT ADAPTING ON THE FLY
Coming into the sport, Bainter understood a next assembly versus Woodinville would be additional tough.
It was not just going through a fired-up opponent ready to make amends – the Cougars had to alter to a mid-week difficulty at practice.
“I lost two (tailbacks) in Tuesday exercise,” Bainter mentioned.
For the initially time in his profession, Bainter rotated 3 gamers – fullback Simon Ransom, vast receiver Cody Petrin and Genoway, mostly a linebacker – in for very first-time carries at tailback versus a formidable Woodinville defensive front.
Ransom led the trio with 49 yards on 15 carries, tying the game at 7-7 on his 1-yard landing operate midway by way of the third quarter. Genoway chipped in with 19 yards on eight carries. And Petrin experienced the longest operate of 26 yards.
“We’ve constantly been a program, the subsequent gentleman techniques up and normally is ready,” Genoway mentioned. “We experienced to do some rearranging. We all figured it out and came with each other.”
Speaking OF GENOWAY, THE Most important Play Arrived Beneath HIS Enjoy
Operating again was not the only placement that necessary readjustment in a small total of time. The Cougars misplaced each of their inside of linebackers early this spring as effectively.
That remaining defensive coordinator Jason Rimkus to reshuflle the lineup. One of all those moves was shifting Genoway inside.
But early in the fourth quarter, Genoway was in a familiar place – in the flat – as Woodinville dialed up a third-down move from the Cougars’ 30.
Below pressure, Deuster tried out hitting jogging back again Henry Nichols in the flat that Genoway noticed the full way.
“We operate on that working back again wheel (route) just about every working day at observe,” Genoway reported. “I noticed it coming, flipped my hips and ran, and enable it go.”
He returned the interception down the still left sideline 72 yards untouched for his to start with job select-six. Bothell went up 14-7 with 10 minutes remaining.
“It’s certainly been an intriguing year – but fun,” Genoway claimed.
BOTHELL’S Defense TOOK In excess of THE Video game FROM THEN ON
Apart from for offering up a late landing with a lot less than a moment remaining, the Cougars’ defense was just unflappable in the 2nd 50 %.
Bothell held Woodinville to 112 whole yards following halftime (69 coming on a final drive). The pass rushed obtained to Deuster on a quantity of situations, sacking him 2 times, which include 1 for a security in the finish zone with 2:39 remaining. And the Cougars recorded two 2nd-50 % interceptions by Genoway and Kyree Percival on back again-to-back series.
“Our defensive line is rapidly and actual physical. Gabe Johnson is tricky, and I would loathe to have to go versus him,” Bainter explained. “We are fairly young, but our protection did wonderful detail … and has performed like this all four online games.”
IT Wasn’t Very, BUT BOTHELL’S ANDREW SIRMON WENT OUT WITH A Gain
A career-ending activity versus Woodinville isn’t normally an invitation for gaudy statistics – and Bothell’s Andrew Sirmon surely had to grind out a victory for his crew.
In reality, his closing impact enjoy was recovering an onside kick in the remaining seconds to maintain the Cougars’ fourth consecutive gain more than Woodinville – the longest successful streak in the series in additional than a ten years.
“I informed myself, ‘I’ve bought to get this (onside kick), and place the activity absent for the workforce, and for the seniors out right here,’” Sirmon reported. “It’s been a hard year.”
Sirmon completed total just 5 of 12 passes for 80 yards, but experienced a 41-property completion to Jimmy Tucker with four minutes remaining. He also rushed 11 occasions for 37 yards.
“They (the Falcons) are a terrific staff – and this has normally been a wonderful rivalry,” Sirmon claimed. “It’s normally these a enjoyable match. I respect them a whole lot. It is just entertaining to close on a get, especially versus that workforce.”