The defending state champion Chiawana Riverhawks (12-1) tangle with the #1 ranked and unbeaten (13-0) Bothell Cougars on Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome. The Washington 4A state championship features a plethora of top flight talent. We will take a look at some of the key cogs for both squads.
Austin Urlacher is one of the most dynamic players in the NW and the #1 RB and is helping lead his team defend their title as reigning State Champs.
The Riverhawks from Pasco out of the Tri-Cities area, defeated Graham-Kapowsin 28-12 in the state semi’s to advance to the show. With Chiawana it all revolves around the star senior running back, Austin Urlacher. The 5’11” 190 pound bruising senior has rushed for a state single season record 2776 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. Slippery receiver/cornerback Dre Dorton, a cat quick 5’10” 175 senior, was a 1st team All-Mid Columbia Conference selection on both sides of the rock.
Lineman of the year in the MCC was the Hawks bulldozing Jake Martin, a 6’4″ 270 pound senior road grader. Tight End Christian Penny a 6’5″ 250 pound senior, as well as quarterback Logan Ellsworth and wide-out Josh Wilson help pace the mighty Chiawana offense. The league’s co-defensive player of the year is Chiawana’s bone busting defensive lineman Juan Noyola, a fierce 6’3″ 260 pounder. 2nd team all-conference linebackers include smash-mouth sophomore Caleb Weber (6’2″ 215 lbs) and senior powerhouse Nate Murillo (5’9″ 200 lbs). The stingy Riverhawks defense has given up only 98 points through 13 ball games this season, an astonishing 7.5 points a game, that’s getting after it boys and girls.
The Blue Train out of Bothell have been ranked #1 for most of the season, and bludgeoned Newport 37-19 in the state 4A semi’s. University of California commit Ross Bowers, a 6’3″ 185 pound senior gunslinger leads a very talented Cougar offense. Ross the rocket tosser threw for 172 yards and 3 scores in the semis. Two of those touchdowns went to his favorite receiver in senior missile Dayzell Wilson, a glue handed 6’2″ 175 pounder. Bowers has another top flight target in 6’4″ 220 pound senior Jackson Keimig, who grabbed a 22 yard score in the Newport romp. Keimig has committed to play at Yale next fall. Cole Ford is the Blue Train’s big time TE who can score and block and holds D1 offers as well.
Dayzell Wilson is one heck of an explosive athlete!
The Blue Train lost the reigning Kingco conference offensive and defensive player of the year in super Sam McPherson to a knee injury a few weeks ago, but crafty junior running back Caleb Meyer (6’0″ 180 lbs) has stepped in nicely for the Cougs. The anchor of the Bothell defense is big hitting linebacker Shawn Munro, a 6’1″ 220 pound senior, a two time All-Kingco performer.
The big nasty’s up front are led into battle by seniors Miles Locket (6’1″ 275 lbs) and Jordan Barker (6’2″ 240 lbs).
Should be a great battle on Saturday night for the coveted big school Golden Ball.
Bothell VS Chiawana Promises A Wild 4A Football Championship