The Coeur d'Alene Vikings rolled into Husky Stadium rated #1 in Idaho Prep Football and faced a team that many felt might be a Top 10 Team in Washington but were not 100% sure. The Bothell Cougars proved in a thriller that they can be special winning the game late 44-43. A lot of that had to do with the resilience and persistence of Junior Quarterback Ross Bowers. Ross is a kid that has been on many schools and writers recruiting radars for some time. For us we needed to see a complete game against a loaded team like the Vikings. The game Saturday was just what the Doctor ordered.
Bowers was 20-41 for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns. He threw one interception and was sacked 6 times giving up -54 yards. But he found a way to win scrambling left and then right to get the job done especially when it mattered the most. As time was running out in the game Bowers led the "Blue Train" up the field on a nice drive where Damani St. John scored on a one yard burst to bring Bothell to within 6 43-37.
After a stout defensive stand and with under 1:30 left the composed Junior brought his team back up the field. With out hesitation he scrambled to his right, evaded 2 tacklers, and launched a dart to Colton Sather who ran it in from 39 yards out for the score to tie the game. Steven Weedin kicked the ball through the uprights to make it 44-43; the comeback was complete.
You never know for sure about kids who have all the mechanical stuff down like Ross does. Not until you see them live and in a pressure situation can you really judge where they rate. The Vikings were a high quality opponent loaded with D-1 talent and in that game in a charged high pressure situation Bowers passed the test. He has a way to go and will need to continue his assault with his team mates who looked excellent but he has 2 more years to convince colleges he is the guy they want. At this point we are predicting that is going to happen. Ross Bowers will see to that.
Here is our post game interview with Ross right after the big game!