“We wanted to score every time we touched the ball and we did that in the first half,” Bainter said.
Indeed they did: Danny Wilson broke for a 66-yarder on the first play from scrimmage, then scored on a draw from 16. Austen Dahl then hit Aaron Wilks on a 33-yard corner route, then connected with Wilson on a 50-yarder right down the middle.
Freshman Ross Bowers then connected with Trent Sewell for an 18-yarder, then Wilson ripped off a 60-yarder to make it 43-zip.
And there was still 5:23 remaining in the second quarter.
The Knights finally got on the board with 3:40 left to make it 43-7 at the half, and Bothell trotted out the twos and threes after intermission.
And what did Bainter like best? “Our defense,” he said. “We were much more disciplined than the first time we played them.”
In week three Newport beat Bothell 28-24 at their place in a wild and weird one, but this is a different Blue Train now.
“We got some people back from injury and we’re improving every day,” Bainter said.
Bothell (6-3) travels to Spanaway to take on Bethel (7-2) on Friday.
The Braves are led by do-it-all senior quarterback Justin Hordyk, who averages 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per contest. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns and run for 13 more.
The Cougs look to be without the services of junior speedster Will McIntyre, who was ejected Saturday following a strange sideline skirmish that featured offsetting personal fouls. The Newport combatant was not ejected, which left Bainter shaking his head.
“We’re gonna appeal that one,” he said. He added the following: “In all my years of coaching I’ve never had a player ejected.”