Bothell reeled off 21 points in the second half, but came up short against Skyline, 31-28, in the first round of the 4A state football playoffs on Friday night at Skyline High.
Skyline led 24-7 at halftime, and then the Bothell Blue Train picked up steam and took a 28-24 lead on a Jacob Sirmon 4-yard run with about eight minutes left in the game. Skyline answered with a rushing TD of its own to burst ahead, 31-28, with about two minutes to go.
With Bothell moving the ball, Skyline snagged an interception with about a minute to go. Bothell got the ball back at the end as time expired.
Sirmon also scored on a 1-yard run and had two TD passes, one to Da’Vicious Wilson for 52 yards and another to Jaelen Percival for 8 yards.
Sirmon was 20-for-33 passing for 242 yards and two interceptions, Wilson snagged seven passes for 132 yards and Riley Morrison had seven catches for 54 yards. Kicker Kyler Parris had four PATs.
Bothell finished its season 8-3 overall. Skyline advances in the playoffs with a 9-3 overall record.
In the teams’ previous meeting in KingCo action on Sept. 16, Bothell prevailed, 34-27.