The Bothell Cougars and the Inglemoor Vikings will meet for the 48th time in the annual “Spaghetti Bowl” at Pop Keeney Stadium this Friday night. Bothell currently leads the all-time series with a record of 25-22 against the Vikings. The Cougars won last year’s meeting 32-30. The Vikings are on a 10-game losing streak to Bothell and have not beaten the Cougars since 2001.
The Bothell Cougars finished the 2011 season with a respectable 6-4 record, but it was the last game of the season that the players will remember most. Their season ended on a tough, 24-22 loss to Bethel. Most of the players who experienced that loss are back in 2012, including the entire offensive line. Chase Madsen, Nick Omberllaro and Dylan Lindsey form one of the more imposing lines in the 4A Kingco league. Each player is at least 6’3” and 270 pounds. Running behind them will be Danny Wilson who returns in the backfield as well as Darrin Laufasa, a transfer from Juanita and is committed to play at BYU. Jared Berry and Aaron Wilks will lineup as wide receivers for the Cougars. Sophomore Ross Bowers will see his first year as a starter at quarterback. On defense, 2nd team all-Kingco selections Camden McLeod and Reshon Watson will return at linebacker and cornerback, respectively. The Cougars lost their opening 3 games of the season, one to defending 4A state champ Skyline and another to the 3A state champ Bellevue. Bothell comes into the game against Inglemoor with a 3-3 record and is off to a 2-0 start in league play as they try and make it back to the Tacoma Dome for the first time since 2009.
The Inglemoor Vikings posted a 6-4 record in 2011, going 3-2 in league play. The Vikings return most of their impact players from last year’s team including both of their starting quarterbacks, Hans Fortune and Brandon Edwards. Both will see snaps this season, but Fortune has emerged as the starter so far this season. Upfront, the Vikings return one of the state’s top linemen in Titus Makasini, but lost Mikey Tupou early in the season to a broken leg. Tupou is supposed to return late this season. The backfield will feature a couple different players who will see carries led by Jacob Jones and Nick Russell. Mike Lewis will line up as one of Fortune’s go-to receivers. Inglemoor enters Friday night’s game with a 1-5 record. The Vikings notched their first win of the season last weekend against Redmond and will hope to carry that momentum into Pop Keeney Stadium Friday.
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