On a rainy and windy night at Art Crate Stadium in Spanaway last Friday, Bothell’s junior rocket man Sam McPherson spliced and diced his way through the Graham-Kapowsin defense
for 296 yards on the ground. The nimble McPherson totaled 346 all purpose yards and 4 touchdowns, as the Cougars upended the undefeated and #3 ranked Eagles 52-28. McPherson and
the Blue Train now chug down to Mount Tahoma high school on Saturday to do battle with Bellarmine Prep in the state 4A quarterfinals.
Mr. Do-It-All for Bothell is Sam McPherson. This guy is a game changer both sides of the ball and he is proving that every game.
McPherson is a multi talented 5’11″ 190 pounder, who has done a little bit everything for the Cougs this fall. The junior thoroughbred was the Kingco Crest league offensive and defensive
most valuable player, MVP on both sides of the rock? That’s saying something boys and girls. Sam was also a 1st team all-conference return specialist. The tackle breaking machine has returned
5 kickoffs for touchdowns on the season. In the Blue Train’s state play in win over Puyallup, the crafty McPherson took two 90 plus yard kickoffs back for scores.
The jack of all trades McPherson is the Cougars punter also, averaging over 33 yards a boot. A hard hitting safety on defense, he has 5 interceptions on the back end of the Cougars defense.
The 9-2 Blue Train will rely heavily on young Mr. McPherson and his 27 total touchdowns as their playoff run continues. The pesky Cougars are a junior laden ball club, featuring 7 all-league underclassmen on their squad.
Quarterback Ross Bowers is a flame throwing 6’3″ 185 pound junior, and two year starter already. Fellow junior all-conference players include, wideout Dayzell Wilson, lineman Jordan Barker, linebackers Shawn Munro and Jacob Johnston and cornerback Sean Hanrahan. Head hunting defensive lineman Miles Locket, a beastly 6’1″ 270 pound junior is a two time all-leaguer up front for Bothell.
Editors Note: Of the hundreds of players I have seen this season McPherson stands out as a guy who can do it all. Loosing in the opener at Husky Stadium I watched as McPherson inserted himself into play after play making things happen to bring Bothell back against powerhouse Coeur d’Alene. If he wasn’t scoring he was intercepting. He jumped up on our radar right out of the gate as a guy to reckon with and top talent for the 2015 Class. Thanks to Brad for the great follow up story!