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Bothell versus Inglemoor: It's still the Spaghetti Bowl, with or without the feed/ Prep Football
As usual, the Bothell High Cougars and Inglemoor High Vikings will clash in Friday night's Spaghetti Bowl football game, but there won't be a traditional Kiwanis Club of Northshore spaghetti feed this year.
According to Kiwanis Director John Klein, the usual dinner site — the W.A. Anderson Building — isn't available this time out because McMenamins has secured the spot for its future hotel and entertainment complex.
"There's no satisfactory location this year," said Klein, adding that Kiwanis was offered a few spots, but they weren't close enough to Pop Keeney Stadium, where the game will be played. The W.A. Anderson Building is ideal because it stands just behind the stadium and people walked from there to the game.
"We'll be doing it again," Klein said of next year's plans.
As for the game, Bothell holds a 23-22 advantage over crosstown rival Inglemoor, including 26-0 and 19-0 victories the last two years.
Kickoff time is at 7 p.m. Friday.
Coaches Tom Bainter (Bothell) and Frank Naish (Inglemoor) discussed the game at Kiwanis' weekly breakfast meeting Wednesday at Alexa's Cafe in downtown Bothell.
"The coaches give a good preview of the players and game coming up," Klein said of the coaches' yearly appearance. "It's a friendly rivalry."
"I enjoy visiting with Frank and the Kiwanis, and appreciate the support the Kiwanis Club gives to the students in the Northshore School District," Bainter said.
Added Naish on the Kiwanis meeting: "It's good food and company. I look forward to it each year."
Bothell is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the 4A Kingco Crown Division heading into Friday's game. The Cougars have put up 42 points the last two weeks in victories over Roosevelt and Newport.
Running back Luke Proulx leads the way with seven touchdown runs and one receiving touchdown from quarterback Braden Foley, who has thrown eight passes for scores. Trent Sewell has three TD receptions.
"Our team is adjusting to injuries and adversity and we are improving weekly," Bainter said. "We hope to continue this improvement every day. We have a number of players who are learning the speed, quickness and physicalness of a Friday night game."
For Inglemoor (2-2 overall, 1-0 4A Kingco Crown), the Vikings are coming off a 42-0 thrashing of Ballard last week. They opened the season with a 48-0 throttling of Snohomish before losing two straight close ones to Juanita and Lake Stevens.
"The Vikings are playing well, and we're pumped as always (to play Bothell)," Naish said.
Highlights this season have been a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Carter Watkins, TD runs from Junior Vi and Tanner Sellman and TD passes from quarterback Mitchell Gonsolus to receivers like Conner Savage, Peter Meiusi and Todd Raynes.
Pop goes the crowd
The Spaghetti Bowl usually draws about 5,000-plus fans, and there should be even more on hand tonight with a larger, covered visitors' grandstand recently added to the Pop.
Coaches Bainter and Naish feel the stadium's bright lights, renovations and packed stands could play roles in Friday's outcome.
"There will be better (field) turf," Naish said. "And the covered visitor side will add to the noise."
"Playing at Pop Keeney is the best," Bainter added. "It is a player's dream and a fan-friendly place to see football. This game could be for the Crown championship and it will be an exciting night for our communities."