No. 10 Falcons keep Cougars quarterback Jacob Sirmon in check
BOTHELL – One more second. One more play.
The extra chance is often pleaded for but not granted. No. 5 Bothell was given one Friday in a KingCo 4A showdown.
Officials called for one more second to be put on the clock in Bothell’s matchup against No. 10 Woodinville. Cougars quarterback Jacob Sirmon, a University of Washington commit, has the type of arm to make it count.
But backed up at its 28-yard line and facing a tough Woodinville defense, Bothell was unable create a miracle. Woodinville (4-0, 2-0 KingCo) tackled receiver Nash Fouch after just a 10-yard gain, then celebrated its 17-10 win at Pop Keeney Stadium.
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“I knew our defense was going to cover it,” said Woodinville junior quarterback Jaden Sheffey of the extra time put on the clock. “Our defense is incredible. They keep that intensity going and pick us up and allow us to go back out there and make plays.”
With the score tied at 10, Sheffey found junior receiver Jared Eisenbarth for a 18-yard touchdown pass to pull Woodinville ahead with 7:17 left in the game.
Woodinville’s running game helped drain the clock late in the game. Sheffey had a 12-yard run on third down and teammate Mack Minnehan later had a 6-yard gain to get another first down during the same drive.
The Cougars (3-1, 1-1) got the ball back one last time with 13 seconds left. It didn’t matter.
“We practice that,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said of defending last-second passing plays for touchdowns. “We wanted to give (Jacob) a lot of different looks. And we’ve got a really great defensive line. Our kids are very athletic and they’re tough to block.”
Sirmon, a 6-foot-5 junior, was 12 of 30 passing for 153 yards and one touchdown. One of his biggest harassers was Minnehan, who dedicated the game to his maternal grandfather, who died Tuesday.
The funeral was in Walla Walla on Friday.
“I know he was looking out for us,” Minnehan said. “Bothell played us extremely tough. Our offense did an incredible job in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for us.”