SAMMAMISH — Kilton Anderson was labeled a run-first quarterback when he transferred to Skyline before this season, and the senior took over at a position played most recently by high-school All-Americans Max Browne and Jake Heaps.
Just as his predecessor Browne did last year, Anderson picked apart the Bothell secondary in the KingCo 4A championship game on Friday night, leading the Spartans to a 28-14 victory and their second straight conference title.
Anderson completed 24 of 37 passes for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He had compiled 207 yards through the air before halftime, a similar output to Browne’s 228 passing yards in the first half of last year’s Skyline win over Bothell in the conference title game.
“Since the first day I came here, this team has welcomed me, embraced me,” Anderson said. “We kept improving and improving, and it’s great to finally get out here and win the KingCo championship.”
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Skyline (8-1) scored on each of its first two possessions Friday night to grab a 14-0 lead, both drives capped by touchdown passes from Anderson.
“He’s improved each and every week,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “I made the decision this week to release him and see what he can do, and he made all of us proud.”
The visiting Cougars (7-2) were unable to generate any offense in the first half. They were held to 28 total yards and four first downs as Bothell trailed 21-0 at the break.
Last week, the Spartans kept opposing running back Jack Gellatly to 36 yards in their win over Issaquah.
Skyline’s front seven was dominant once again Friday night, holding Bothell’s Sam McPherson — the KingCo 4A leader in all-purpose yards — to just 31 yards on 13 carries.
“They won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Bothell coach Tom Bainter said. “No excuses — they just beat us.”
Bothell quarterback Ross Bowers hooked up with Dayzell Wilson for a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it a two-score game on the first play of the fourth quarter. But the Cougars were held scoreless the rest of the way and lost for the first time since a Sept. 13 defeat to Bellevue.
The Spartans and Cougars will both play on their home fields in the state round of 32. Skyline’s quest for a third consecutive state 4A title begins next Saturday, when the Spartans host the fourth-seeded team from the North Division of the South Puget Sound League. Bothell will face the SPSL South Division’s four seed.