Northwest NEWS

November 25, 2002


'Greatest season' ends for BHS

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   Photo by Russ Paris
   The Bothell High School Cougars spent three quarters in last Friday's state quarterfinals playoff game racking up the points. But Capital High School, in a fourth quarter rally, won 24-21 and advanced to the 4A semifinal game.
   by Russ Paris
   The Bothell High School "Blue Train" (11-1) was derailed 24-21 in the fourth quarter last Friday by perennial state power Capital High (9-2) in a state playoff quarterfinal game at Pop Keeney Field.
   The "best team" in Bothell football history brought out an overflow crowd that packed the stands and the sidelines.
   The Cougars brought smiles to the faces of their fans throughout three quarters and then tears in the fourth.
   Bothell's stellar defense held Capital's potent offense to a pair of three-and-out drives to begin the game.
   Bothell, on the other hand, was busy racking up yards. Starting at the Cougar 28, Bothell senior running back Sean Gallacher ate up yardage with two 21-yard runs.
   Then, with Capital keying on Gallacher, Rick Heusted made a crucial 4th down, 4-yard run to the Capital 9-yard line.Bothell veteran senior quarterback Rocky Jorgensen faked the run on a play action pass and threw a touchdown pass to Zack Hekker at the back of the endzone.
   With the Bothell defense remaining strong, the half ended with the Cougars up 7-3.
   The "Blue Train Express" came out strong to start the second half with a Gallacher 58-yard kickoff return. But it was Jorgensen, whose 9 of 13 passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns, made the home field fans ecstatic with a 21-3 Bothell lead and two minutes left in the third quarter.
   But the tide seemed to turn in Capital's direction as they went the length of the field following a Jorgensen TD toss to Travis McGee narrowing the margin 21-10.
   On Capital's next possession, they went 74 yards for another score and were now trailing 21-17.
   Unable to move against Bothell's defense, Capital went to a trick play in which Jon Oatman passed 7 yards to Jason Simonetti who lateralled to a trailing Tony Davis who ran 45 yards down the sideline to end Bothell's "greatest season."