SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- If Ross Bowers (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) went into Friday’s matchup with Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline thinking about quarterback Max Browne, “my priorities are wrong.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback took the field for his first sophomore start thinking about his objectives, not the quarterback who is committed to USC.
“I was playing the Skyline defense,” Bowers said. “I wasn’t playing Max Browne.”
Bothell coach Tom Bainter put the ball in Bowers’ hands and he delivered early in the first quarter, throwing a pair of touchdown passes -- 10 and 85 yards. However, an early two-touchdown lead ended in a 33-21 loss.
“If the game ended after the first half, we would have been happy with it,” Bowers said. “The second half, something changed. Nothing was going our way.”
Bowers completed 15 of 33 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns, but was frustrated by miscues.
“I’ve got to be a lot smarter with the ball, probably stay a little bit more poised in the pocket,” said Bowers, who threw an interception and fumbled twice. “The first time I got a couple hits, a couple good shots, I started checking the D-line, making sure everybody wasn’t coming free. I’ve just got to stick with my reads. That will be something I can base off of and get better at.”
After drawing some early interest from UCLA and Connecticut -- expect Washington to take a long look at him -- recruiting should pick up for Bowers if he continues putting up strong sophomore showings.
Bowers said it was fun to share the same field with the nation’s second-rated pocket passer but, more than that, “it was a good experience for our defense.”
Things don't get any easier for him next week when Bothell plays nationally ranked Bellevue (Wash.).
“Bellevue, we realize that’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play a team like that,” he said. “We’re going to love playing them. They’ll get us a lot better.”