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Bothell beats Woodinville 31-21 to advance to WIAA 4A football state championship: 5 takeaways

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BY ERIK ERICKSON

Andrew Sirmon, Tala Tevaga, and Christian Galvan each ran for touchdowns, and Bothell forced three Woodinville turnovers to earn a 31-21 victory in an All-Kingco 4A football state semifinal matchup at a sold-out Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday.

The Cougars picked off Woodinville quarterback Noah Stifle twice in the second half, and despite their own miscues, controlled the clock to earn their fourth state title berth in program history and first since 2014, where they defeated Chiawana 24-14.

“Our guys are in and they do it for each other,” Bothell head coach Tom Bainter said. “That makes you as good as you can be, and then you let the chips fall."

Here are five takeaways from the 4A state semifinal matchup between Bothell and Woodinville:

Bothell played ball control in the second half

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(Photo by Vince Miller)

Holding a 21-7 lead at halftime, the Cougars gave Woodinville minimal chances to score by keeping the ball for the majority of the second half. Bothell put together drives of 12, 9, 15, and 11 plays in the second half, limiting the Falcons to just nine offensive plays over the final two quarters.

Bothell’s opening drive of the second half spanned 12 plays for 80 yards, capped by a 7-yard TD run by Sirmon.

Sirmon ended any hopes of a comeback for the Falcons by keeping the ball on a fake punt and gaining eight yards to move the chains with just over three minutes to play. Facing a 4th and four from the Woodinville 47, Sirmon saw an open area, took the snap, and went untouched down the Bothell sideline for an easy first down.

“The run is always an option on that, but I’d never taken it,” Sirmon said. “I knew it was a big play in the game, and we wanted to keep the ball. We didn’t want to give it back to them.”

Bothell’s defense stymied the Falcons

The Cougars controlled the ball on offense but their defense provided plenty of power, forcing three turnovers including a fumble returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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