A five-hour drive from Idaho this morning gave Coeur d'Alene a lot of time to
think about their game against Bothell in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
Bothell didn't give them much time though.
Samuel McPherson's 88-yard kickoff return of the opening kickoff put the
Vikings in a 7-0 hole just 14 seconds into the game.
That woke up Coeur d'Alene, even if took a couple series' for their offense
The Vikings took the lead, with 1:44 in the first quarter after a 72-yard
drive, highlighted by Gunnar Amos' 1-yard touchdown run on 4th and Goal from the
1. Chase Blakley, a Washington commit playing in his future home, caught
the 2-point conversion to put the Vikings up 8-7, and they never looked back.
Turnovers didn't help Bothell.
The Cougars fumbled at their own 37-yard line and a play later, Amos dropped
in a 37-yard pass to Blakley right over a Cougar defensive back for a touchdown
and the two-point conversion made it 16-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bothell fumbled again, giving the Vikings the ball at
the 18-yard line.
A few plays later, Amos ran it in from 9-yards out and then Blakley caught
another two-point conversion, and like that, the Vikings were up 24-7.
Bothell wouldn't go quietly, though. In fact, they wouldn't go away at
The Cougars answered with a timely drive, aided by a couple of personal fouls
on the Vikings, and Ross Bowers would hit Dayzell Wilson for a touchdown with
7:35 left in the half and the lead would shrink to 10.
But Coeur d'Alene would continue to churn out the yards and the points.
The Vikings had another healthy drive, the big play a 4th and 7 conversion for
21-yards by Amos to a wide open receiver to put it down to the three.
Berger punched it in from three-yards out, and though the two-point
conversion was no good, the Vikings led 30-14 with 4:34 left in the half.
Bothell again picked up plenty of yards themselves, but once they got to the
Vikings' side of the field, things got stagnant, at least offensively.
Penalties didn't help. An illegal shift, an offensive pass interference
and a false start moved them out of the red zone and on 4th and 20, Bowers took
a sack from Blakley to end a scoring drive.
The second half started better for the Cougars. Much better.
After forcing a three-and-out, Bowers found Colton Sather for a 24-yard
touchdown pass and the 2-point conversion from Bowers to Sather cut the lead to
Then after another three-and-out, Bowers found Wilson again on a perfectly
thrown pass to the back of the end zone and the following 2-point conversion
tied it up.
On CDA's next possession, Amos made a throw he would probably want back,
chucking it up and getting picked at midfield. But Bothell couldn't take
The next drive, though, CDA got their bearings straight and meticulously
picked apart Bothell's defense, ending with Amos hitting Blakley for a 7-yard
touchdown and a 37-30 lead.
Bothell's offense stagnated again and CDA took advantage.
The Vikings drove again and added to their lead on a six-yard run by Drew Berger to give them a 43-30 lead with 10:13 left in the quarter.
Bothell's offense couldn't get anything going, and CDA ran more clock before
they turned it over at the 12-yard line after having a 1st and goal, fumbling it
The Cougars finally got their offense going, thanks to a couple of
yardage-eating passes by Bowers.
Bothell scored with 2:39 left on a 1-yard run, after converting a 4th down
play, and cut the lead to 43-37.
Then after forcing a punt, Bothell got another chance, and didn't need but
one play, Bowers going up top to Colton Sather for 39-yards and the PAT put
Bothell up 44-43 with 1:50 left.
Coeur d'Alene then had a chance, but Amos was picked off at midfield.
Ballgame? Not quite.
Coeur d'Alene forced a punt with around 40 seconds left, but no timeouts.
Amos found a man at midfield, but when he turned upfield, he fumbled, Bothell
recovered and took it down near the goalline.
Bothell improved to 1-0 on the season, while Coeur d'Alene dropped to 1-1.