Cougars claw Curtis 31-3

  • Written by Don Mann
Bothell’s Kizhan Proctor shakes off a Curtis defender and scores from 10 yards out to make it 31-3. Staff photo/Don Mann.
It must have been a long ride back to Tacoma.

Bothell recovered three Curtis fumbles and intercepted three passes en route to a 31-3 Viking season-ender at Pop Keeney Stadium under steady rain on Saturday night.

The Blue Train horn whistled early.

Derek Peterson returned the opening kickoff 42 yards to the Curtis 45 and three plays later Danny Wilson scampered in from the 19  to get on the board with only 30 ticks taken off the clock.

After a Curtis field goal, Cougar kicker Rilyn Gherardini drilled a 42-yarder and Wilson scored another on a 4-yarder to make it 18-3 at the half.

Curtis would never score again.

Wilson, the senior speedster, was 15-for-85 on the ground with 2 TDs — pedestrian numbers for him but he was keyed on heavily by Curtis and suffered bouts of leg cramps.

He now has scored 20 touchdowns on the season.

Reshon Watson, No. 33, upends a Curtis ball carrier. Staff photo/Don Mann
Senior linebacker Drew Williams had a monster game: nine tackles, two fumble recoveries and a pick.

Senior defensive end Aaron Wilks had six tackles and a pick-six off a screen pass on the third play of the second half to make it 25-3, effectively cutting Curtis’ heart out.

The Cougars held the Vikings to 55 yards passing.

“I’m really proud of our defense,” Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. “They played a great football game and that’s the kind of game you need in the playoffs.”

Bothell (6-4) now travels to Mount Tahoma High School either Friday or Saturday to take on Bellarmine Prep (9-1), 45-6 winners over Edmonds-Woodway, as the Class 4A round of 16 begins.

Date and time were yet to be determined at press time.

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