Bothell takes down Glacier Peak | Football

By David Pan | Nov 17, 2017

Glacier Peak’s season came to a tough end.

Bothell defeated the Grizzlies 56-6 in a 4A football playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

The Cougars jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and the deficit was too much to overcome.

“From an emotional side, it’s tough when the score is 21-0 to stage a comeback,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “We just weren’t able to push forward and get first downs.”

The Grizzlies’ lone touchdown was on a pass from junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas to senior wide receiver Bo Burns in the fourth quarter.

“I think there were some bright spots, just not enough of them,” Bender said.

The Grizzlies rushed for 80 yards and Ziomas completed 12 of 17 passes for 125 yards. After allowing seven first half touchdowns, Glacier Peak (6-4) limited Bothell to one TD in the second half.

Bender noted that the four losses suffering by the Grizzlies were all to playoff teams – Lake Stevens, Monroe, Kentwood and Bothell – one of which is still playing – Bearcats.

“The opponents we lost to were quality opponents and so we know where that line is now and where we need to improve,” Bender said. “It’s a matter of fixing it and taking a step up.”

Bender sees the need to continue to work on the basics of blocking and tackling.

“We are a team that always will be a little undersized compared to the competition,” he said.

The Grizzlies need to continue to hit the weight room and to work on their speed.

Bender is excited to have Ziomas back for another season.

“I think he’s going to continue to progress,” Bender said. “He’s progressed every single year he’s been here.”

Glacier Peak loses some quality offensive linemen and some of its leaders on defense, Bender said. There will be at least half a dozen new starters on defense and four on offense.

“These younger classes have tons of opportunities,” Bender added. “We want to see them mature physically and from a football knowledge standpoint and be able to step into those roles.”

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