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Friday night (high)lights

Another big night of football under those Friday night lights.

Here are a few hits from various games:

Bellevue beat Bothell 49-6. There’s more information in the story, but here are some extra notes and quotes from Bellevue that didn’t quite make the cut:

– Running back/defensive back Budda Baker in response to his 73-yard punt return for a touchdown (he also had a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown): “The punt return, I just, I didn’t know they were going to kick it to me, and I caught it, and all the blockers blocked great, so all I had to do was run, make a couple moves and I was in the endzone,” Baker said. “It feels real good, but I can’t really celebrate because I’m too tired to celebrate.”

– Head coach Butch Goncharoff on running back Sam Richmond, who had close to 70 yards and two touchdowns: “He had a great year for us last year,” Goncharoff said. “He’s really stepped up and played well, and as has Max (Richmond), and those guys are going to have to. They’re going to have to get a lot better and play a lot better.”

– Goncharoff said running back Mustafa Branch, who appeared to sustain a shoulder or upper arm injury on a play, will be out for an undetermined amount of time, which is a big loss. He said it’s too early to say, but it doesn’t look good according to what doctors initially thought. Branch will need to get x-rays to see the extent of the injury. “He’s had a great two weeks, and that would be very, very hard,” Goncharoff said.

Goncharoff on Bothell’s football team: “Good team speed, they’re good, their quarterback is very good, they’re athletic…Bothell will pick it up, they’ll be good, they’ll be good. They fight. One thing that’s impressive about them is they never quit. Fourth quarter they play hard no matter what. Tom (Bainter) does a great job. I think they’re going to be good.”

Graham-Kapowsin running back Teague James had 28 carries for 167 yards and three touchdowns in their 24-14 win over Curtis.

Cascade quarterback Josh Smith went 7-12 for 183 passing yards and three touchdowns in their 48-13 win over Shorecrest. He also had 39 rushing yards for two touchdowns.

Skyline bounced back from their loss last week to Bellevue, and beat Coeur d’Alene 38-21 in Idaho.

Mount Si’s quarterback Nick Mitchell had three passing touchdowns in their 28-20 win over Issaquah.

No. 9 Eastlake beat No. 2 Eastside Catholic 27-21, due in large part to Eastlake quarterback Blue Thomas.

Despite Austin Otis’s three rushing touchdowns for Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck won 37-24.

More to come later…


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