Union Can’t Overcome Early Deficit This Week, Lose 42-21 At Bothell

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 6, 2010

Union trailed the host Bothell Cougars 28-7 in the 3rd quarter at Pop Keeney Stadium Friday night. The Titans managed to cut the lead to 28-21 early in the 4th quarter, however Bothell shut down Union from there out and punched in a few more scores for the 42-21 preliminary round win.

Statically the game was pretty much even. Union’s running attack of Brandon Brody-Heim and Zak Browning ran for 111 yards, 75 for Brody-Heim and 36 for Browning. While Bothell’s running attack of Luke Proulx and Seymour Ottorbech combined for 107 rushing yards, 78 fro Proulx and 29 for Ottorbech. Union QB Kaben Humphrey-Butler was 12 of 20 for 204 yards while Bothell QB Braden Foley was 8 of 10 for 206 yards.

However Bothell scored twice as many points as the Titans, and points are what matter most.

Union failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the schools first year.

With the loss Union falls to 7-3 on the season. The Titans season is over.

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Union photographer Miller Lowe’s game pictures

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Union Titans

Bothell Cougars

First quarter

BOTH – Dylan Hanley 5 pass from Braden Foley (Jon Mercer kick)
UNI – Brandon Brody-Heim 5 run (Hudson Poissant kick)
BOTH – Trent Sewell 59 pass from Foley (Mercer kick)

Second quarter

BOTH – Luke Proulx 1 run (Mercer kick)

Third quarter

BOTH – Proulx 14 run (Mercer kick)
UNI – Zak Browning 2 run (Poissant kick)

Fourth quarter

UNI – Kaben Humphrey-Butler 1 run (Poissant kick)
BOTH – Wendell Galvan 52 pass from Foley (Mercer kick)
BOTH – Brad Monson 11 pass from Foley (Mercer kick)


Rushing — Union: Brody-Heim 13-75, Browning 7-36. Bothell: Proulx 26-78, Seymour Ottorbech 9-29.

Passing — Union: Humphrey-Butler 12-20-0-204, Tanner Nelson 1-1-0-37. Bothell: Foley 8-10-0-206.

Receiving — Union: Nelson 7-84, Tre Christensen 3-77, Browning 1-40, T.J. Boatright 1-36, Brody-Heim 1-4. Bothell: Sewell 3-90, Galvan 2-77, Monson 2-34, Hanley 1-5.

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53 Responses to “Union Can’t Overcome Early Deficit This Week, Lose 42-21 At Bothell”

  1. storm1 on November 6th, 2010 4:12 am

    Bad draw for this round Union. Your Team still had a great season. You performed far better than anyone anticipated. See you next year in what will be another great game of many to come for Skyview and Union.

    Hold your heads high.


  2. K-nute on November 6th, 2010 8:55 am

    …bummmer, thanks Storm1.

    I know the haters are gonna come on here and rip on the U about not getting by Bothell. I mean, it WAS Bothell. But, that’s okay – they had to rely on someone else to do what they couldn’t, so no one really cares what they think. (Skyview excluded)

    The boys played great all year, they exceeded my expectations for sure. If not for a little bit of composure issues in the 1st quarter of the Skyview game, things may have gone very differently. But, like Yogi once said ‘the game is 50% half mental’

    Seniors; thanks for bringing us TONS to cheer for over the years. Take the lessons you learned from being part of a tremendous program & apply them as you go forward.

    Underclassmen; Off-season starts TODAY. Work on your bodies & work on your minds. Soak in that picture in the weight room, it should be meaningful for you.

    Go Skyview, Camas, Mt View, Kelso, Mark Morris (wow!) & RA Long!

    K-nute, out!

  3. CamasFan2 on November 6th, 2010 9:15 am

    Tough draw union, it always sucks when you get a hard opponent on the prelim. game! Trust me, my school knows this very well. You guys fought hard tho and don’t let it bring you down, you guys will be a power school for many years to come. The union titans aren’t going anywhere, so good season and good game!!!

  4. Farside on November 6th, 2010 9:30 am

    Tough draw indeed, but you can’t have fumbled snaps, dropped passes, blocked punts, a breakdown in QB protection, etc. against a quality opponent like Bothell. Every team makes mistakes (hey, their human!) but the mental errors just crush you!

    My only real concern this year was the U’s questionable play in the secondary. All season long the D-Line and LB’s put enough pressure on opposing QB’s to force them into making bad decisions, which is terrific, but it also helped camouflage the mediocre play in the secondary. The Bothell QB was able to light them up like the Griswald’s house at Christmas, averaging nearly 26 yds. per completion! I certainly don’t think its from a lack of athleticism, but they’ve played out of position and with a tentativeness most of the year, playing more mechanical than reactionary. Just hope this gets addressed before next season begins.

    Thank you for 4 seasons of great football. I’m already looking forward to next year!

  5. UnionFAN on November 6th, 2010 11:13 am

    Hard Luck Union. Still a great season to be proud of! Work hard for next year.
    Hard luck also to Heritage…it wasn’t your night as well….good luck next season.

    Camas—-awesome drubbing of Rainier Beach..wishing continued success in the playoffs

    Skyview, Kelso , Mt. View–good luck today. Hope you all make a great run in the playoffs.

  6. GSHLfan on November 6th, 2010 12:30 pm

    ahah once again union cant do it! is this 3 years now. oh well so far we only have one team from 4A GSHL to go all the way! EVERGREEN. well lets hope skyview gets the easy W today?!

  7. yogibear on November 6th, 2010 4:58 pm

    Remember Union….nobody talks about you when you’re losing. GSHLfan, you make a good point by stating “in 3 years now”. For only being in existence for 4 years, 1st at 4A, pretty impressive record and power. How many years was Evergreen in existence when they won their title? Oh, and who was the coach for them at the time? Ooooo can’t wait for all the haters to be blogging next year for 7 of the 11 starters on defense are juniors and 6 of the 11 on offense are too.
    Well done, Union, you have nothing to hang your head about…. for many didn’t think there was anything left in the cupboard.

  8. mtnview18 on November 6th, 2010 5:59 pm

    you know something that union o line was a hell of a squad and they handled that bothell d line very well, probably the best o line in the state

  9. EgreenSR55 on November 6th, 2010 6:12 pm

    i second mtnview18′s comment i cried at how amazing their o line was

  10. mtview18 on November 6th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Bryan, what do you think about the union offensive line any all league guys on that team?

  11. Farside on November 6th, 2010 6:57 pm

    They were a great OL, but not one of them had an opportunity to start until this year, so they’re kind of the “no name” bunch! And actually, I don’t think any of them really care about personal awards – but I’ll throw my 2 cents in, and say Max Proudfit, their RT. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ll know him by the end of wrestling season!

    And as a side note, I’d take big Ryan Johnson from Mt. View on my DL any day!

  12. wolverine on November 6th, 2010 7:24 pm

    great O Line? and I always thought that the games were won in the trenches, so how come they got blown out? just curious, I didn’t see the game.

  13. mtview18 on November 6th, 2010 7:39 pm

    who do they have coming back next year? any great o lineman?

  14. DCGardner on November 6th, 2010 7:52 pm

    I remember the roster a little bit. A bunch of 11′s and 10′s on it. So I would expect to see a lot of them coming back.

  15. time4achange!! on November 6th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Unless they transfer to Evergreen, lol !!!

  16. wolverine on November 6th, 2010 8:23 pm

    do they allow transfers in the gshl? I didn’t know that.

  17. EgreenSR55 on November 6th, 2010 9:05 pm

    wolverine, i dont know if you watched the game, but they physically matched them and statistically match them. turnovers and defensive breakdowns arent the o lines fault. get your facts straight next time chief

  18. mtview18 on November 6th, 2010 9:09 pm

    Egreen i completely agree with you, they did match them in nearly every category and bothells d linemen were supposed to be super good. the o line did a fine job against them

  19. time4achange!! on November 6th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Wolverine, Seems it’s been going on at lease since Coach Piland has been in the GSHL . He’s from the Seattle area . Boundry exception is the big thing. Wish the WIAA change things, a lot !!!!!! ……………..

  20. wsumj on November 6th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Piland is not from the Seattle area.

  21. GOGREEN!! on November 6th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Union’s QB and secondary did not play well ……..

  22. time4achange!! on November 6th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Dude, Juanita HS did you really think he came from Evergreen !!!!

  23. wsumj on November 6th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Piland went to Mt. View. He is from Vancouver.

  24. SWWaFootballFan on November 6th, 2010 10:02 pm

    he coached at Juanita after finishing college at PLU

    he was a TE for the Thunder.

  25. K-nute on November 6th, 2010 10:13 pm

    Just goes to show you how people like time4achange THINK they know what they’re talking about, but they really DON’T! Time4achange has openly discussed pulling his kid & transferring to a different school for purely athletic purposes, then he gets on here & wildly accuses Piland for doing EXACTLY what he wants to do. What a hypocrypt! Stop with the boundary exception nonsense, time4achange, your a fool & an emberrasment!

  26. SWWaFootballFan on November 6th, 2010 10:21 pm

    Just finished watching the game video that was posted.

    in the footage provided for this game the Union o-line looked terrible.

    Keep in mind, from the play calling it looked as though the coaches knew they were giving up something in the trenches, with those deep roll out’s.

    KBH on a couple of those sacks held the ball way too long trying to make something happen with his feet.

    I really enjoy watching ZB run the ball. Perhaps he can gain a few more pounds, find a school to play FB for?

    Union great season, nothing to hang your head about, like someone else said…the offseason starts now.

  27. K-nute on November 6th, 2010 10:25 pm

    Terrible is harsh, but I agree the O Line was outmanned. Union lost at their own game – being physical. Hat’s off to Bothell, that’s a great program up there & they do things the right way. Something to strive for.

  28. victory on November 6th, 2010 10:47 pm

    For the GSHL Football teams that Won this weekend……..Great Season!

    For the GSHL Football teams that Lost this weekend……..Great Season!

  29. ratsas on November 7th, 2010 12:06 am

    knute, are you saying that union isnt doing things the right way? I’m surprized at you of all people who would jump ship after 1 tough playoff loss. I think they had a pretty decent season myself and will always back my team even if they didnt go all the way to state.

  30. K-nute on November 7th, 2010 9:04 am

    Nah, Ratsas not at all… jumping ship is just not possible for me. I should re-set who I am. I have a non-football playing athlete at Union with another one on the way. I started going to Union football games the first year they opened because I wanted to get a sense of what kind of High School experience my kids are in for. I think the first game was played in Canada or somewhere way up north. So, I caught the 2nd game ever played (first @ home) I was smitten right from the start. I don’t personally know any of the players, coaches or most of the other parents. I’m not in the Booster Club. I’m just a pure fan, there’s actually quite a few of us out there.

    My first experience with the Union football program was so striking that I became an instant fan for life. I saw blocks being thrown, hits being made, bodies being moved. Man, then that band kicked in. Then I saw DJ Mason who as a sophomore looked like a grow’d-A man. I watched Devin Myers mature from a chubby Soph to a horse of a MAN by his Senior year. Mitch Saylor effortlessly gliding to touchdown after touchdown…Taylor Nelson displaying class, character and leadership while earning All State Honors. Nate P, Brandon Weller, Blake Russell 38,28,38, ZACH STRAUSBAUGH!!, Dex Homer, the Knotts Bro’s… I was there for Ferndale, Ryan Maddox/Derek Adams Lakes fumble return, Camas I,II,III all of the Bellevue games….I saw Zak Browning put a kid I now watch on Saturday’s on his can when ZB was a Sophomore. A bigger fan of Union football you will not find.

    I realize I’m using a sledge-hammer to make my point here, but I don’t mean any slight whatsoever to my beloved Union Titans when I say that another team does things correctly. I happen to think that Skyview has a great program too. But, I could never, never, never jump ship to the Storm.

    There is no disgrace in losing to one of the top 3 programs in the state, It’s hard when you think about the guys who I’m guessing felt there was more left to accomplish. Saying goodbye to the Seniors this year is particularly hard. Zak has embodied Union football – period. But, the 2 Sams had to wait behind 1 All State & the other just crazy good ILB’s. This was their year to shine, and boy did they ever! The things the O Line accomplished this year, under Max’s Senior leadership is just another folk lore story, like the others I mentioned above that will live on in my memory. TJ, Jordan Newman…all of the other seniors…very difficult to see their playing days at The U come to an end.

    Bothell is a team that I appreciate. They play fast, physical & smart. They happened to play their best game to date this year, and that happened to be against the U. Union lost, not because they don’t do things the right way. Bothell was just flat better. I know the stats show a dead heat, which is a total credit to Union because Bothell had the size, strength & speed advantage. Not by a lot, and not at every position, but overall just enough to tilt the scale. You don’t get better than Union by taking shortcuts, because Union doesn’t take any. In this case, all you can do is tip your cap, shake their hands and wish them well.

  31. victory on November 7th, 2010 12:18 pm

    Bryan…..from this day forward all new, and maybe some of us old, members should be required to read K-nute’s comments on being a Fan. Some of us are just High School Football Fans, we do not want teams to play bad, we want to see them play well. We do not root against teams, but we root for teams
    Thank you, K-nute, well said!.

  32. wolffan on November 7th, 2010 1:54 pm

    There is no disgrace in losing to one of the top 3 programs in the state,

    This is well written, but there is no disgrace is losing to anyone if you play with all your heart. See some of us programs are not as supported as your beloved Titans. Our kids work very hard as well, we just have many more obstacles to overcome. Things like where will we eat tonight, and are my parents on a drug bing and not home this week. You see we all want to experience that success, but at schools like HHS, Fort, Bay, even E-green- just making it is an accomplishment. More than half of our kids come from poverty and can’t even get rides to and from practice. I know when I pick up my kid daily I see coaches loading their cars with kids who need a ride a home. I have seen many times coaches and parents dropping off food so our kids can eat before or after practice, since many won’t get another chance. K-nute you seem to be an educated man and you are good fan of your Titans- but you must understand for some of us there has to be so much more than the winning and losing, for some schools football is about trying to help kids survive life.

  33. No Cal Homer on November 7th, 2010 2:23 pm

    WOLFFAN – this is where entitlement is confused with opportunity

  34. time4achange!! on November 7th, 2010 2:25 pm

    K-nute, the only embarrassment here is you. You don’t know how to read !! Never in my writings did I say I would transfer my kid. If anything there was chat about it from other parents on Evergreen’s side. A lot of parents don’t like what’s going on at Evergreen . The parents also said they would take them to MV to beat Pliand at his own game. When Coach Piland was at Evergreen, the same thing was said about boundry exceptions. Supposely he learned this while at Juanita cuz that’s what they do up there . No disgrace for Union for losing to the top 3 teams in state, I didn’t hear anything like that after Evergreen played 5 rank teams in state during the season ………………

  35. K-nute on November 7th, 2010 5:08 pm

    time4achange!! on October 23rd, 2010 2:32 pm

    ‘Did Evergreen Officals read Shepard’s comments on kids leaving for Union next yr. Players from other teams know it, parents know it and so does the media. Do you see my name, think about it…’

    You told me to think about it, so I did. What does your name imply then?

    Legitmately move into whichever district you want, no one cares then.

  36. time4achange!! on November 7th, 2010 7:02 pm

    Again K-nute, you need to learn how to read. Nowhere do I say my kid will transfer. All your doing is proving my point. Other parents will transfer their kids, I don’t have a kid on EHS team next yr. The point here K-nute is Piland brought his tricks with him from Juanita. You sound like me yrs ago when I defended Piland when at EHS. Defending a cheat !!! Again to make all of us happy, WIAA needs to look at their rules and revise them. When you hear wrong doings from the kids and I actually see it, I think I know a little more than you. Get some sleep K-nuite, lol !!

  37. SWWaFootballFan on November 7th, 2010 7:18 pm


    Unless I have missed another post of yours, you are a hypocrite.

  38. time4achange!! on November 7th, 2010 7:53 pm

    HOW !!!

  39. SWWaFootballFan on November 7th, 2010 8:13 pm

    because you are on here complaining and calling Piland a cheat, saying that the WIAA needs to change its rules.

    but the real hypocritical part is that you have “claimed” to have witnessed it.

    So whats keeping you from reporting your claims?

    Why have you not gone to the Evergreen School District or the WIAA with your first hand witness account?

    Instead, you come on here.

  40. time4achange!! on November 7th, 2010 9:31 pm

    You need to read papers, it’s been in the papers. He had to explain things as of weeks ago about basketball player and his sister. Of cuz bottomline it will be legal. B4 it becomes legal it’s call recruiting. The players know what’s going on, but their young and only think about the future. The Columbian wrote about it yrs ago.This is why WIAA needs to change rules. These talks have been going on while he was at EHS. What I’m saying is not new news. This is not about Union and if you have been around then you know what I’m saying unless you’ve been living under a rock !!! No one here is a hypocrite, it’s just one knows more than the other. Cuz of the lack of common sense, I tried to draw pictures for you. WIAA needs to look at it, not you or I. If you have read the papers, you would have seen 2-3 questionable calls since Union opened it’s doors …….

  41. GOGREEN!! on November 7th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Good job Time4achange. About time some one told it like it is. Good Job !!!!!!

  42. blahblah! on November 7th, 2010 9:34 pm

    the union d line and o line are under rated! the d line were small but they were GOOD. very techniquely sound and tenacious, great athletes. newman, weatherspoon and page great job. the o line is big and intelligent! max proud is one big beast and the sams were great! another punishing year, too bad couldnt go further! good season though

  43. GSHL Football Fan 2010 on November 7th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Players changing schools is not new, so get over it and quit your whining . It happens in all sports nationwide. People that use the excuse that Union did something wrong are either ignorant or just plain jealous of their success. It used to be E’green , Mt View, Kelso and River that used to rule GSHL football, but the demographics have changed and now Skyview, Camas, and Union are on top.

  44. Yogibear on November 7th, 2010 10:29 pm

    GOGREEN, were you there at the game or did you just watch the highlight video? Sounds like you sport green so I doubt if you made the trip north. So why get on here just to make a point of who didn’t play well? Why does anyone get on here just to put down performances??? Someone doesn’t have to play bad in order for another to win!!
    Union’s QB had another solid performance. The video doesn’t show four key dropped passes thrown under pressure. The O line was without one of their best players who has been out since the Evergreen game. Once Bothell figured that out, that side was collasping all night (watch the video) and the QB was constantly scrambling. He made good on many plays and the sacks on the video doesn’t show the entire field where there was no one open to throw to, so what’s left to do? He threw no interceptions and had as many yards as the Bothell QB.
    The secondary got challenged for the first time deep, and like the Bothell QB quoted in the paper, “their linebackers were quick to stop the run, so he’d give a pump for them to bite and then the pass was there.’ Hats off to Bothell…they made the adjustments that proved to pay off for them.

  45. blahblahblah on November 8th, 2010 8:37 am

    You guys are all haters! Go Evergreen. Dj has been out since Evergreen which hurt alot as well as Gabriel Rego was out and that is a big loss. His name wasnt everywhere in papers but when it was, he was on front page. The union team did amazing this season! GO UNION. Even though i am from Camas. GO CAMAS! Keep Winning.

  46. BothellDad on November 8th, 2010 1:13 pm

    I just wished to stop by and tell you how impressed we were with Union this past Friday at Pop Keeney. Bothell’s performance was in large measure due to the respect we had for the Union program. My son starts on defense for Bothell and he had told me earlier in the week about how good Union looked on film. In fact, he thought you guys were probably better than Kentwood. Afterwards, one of the first things he told me is “Dad, #21 is really, really good.”

    Both teams had some success slowing the other team’s running games on Friday night, but Bothell was always able to maintain the threat of the run which opened up our passing game. Without getting too analytical, it seemed that the difference in the game was that Bothell was able to force Union outside its comfort zone.

    Anyway, I was not overly familiar with Union until last week but I’ll be a fan from a distance in the future. Also — awesome band!!

  47. Farside on November 8th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Unless you live in a one horse town with only one high school, you’re probably going to find individuals who believe there’s some type of academic or athletic inequity between schools. And guess what? Those individual probably have some valid points. But for the small percentage of kids who choose to cross boundries in search of better academic or athletic opportunities, I for one, am not going to lose any sleep over it. I’ve lived in several large cities, and I can tell you that boundary bickering isn’t indigenous to Clark County Schools. In fact, it can get much worse, especially when you live in an area that has multiple private schools that don’t have any boundary restrictions, and are able to draw most of the best athletes out of the public schools.

    Show me a metropolitan area in the country that doesn’t have the same issues that we tend to over-discuss on this site. Most inner city schools (unless they’re private) are going to have greater academic and athletic challanges than schools found in higher income or more desirable neighborhoods – it’s just a simple fact. Perhaps unfortunate, but still a fact. Why is it, that no one gets upset if a promising math genius, vocalist, member of a debate team, or trombone player transfers across boundaries to another school? (That’s a rhetorical question by the way.) Better to let sleeping dogs lie, and move on!

  48. e.will23 on November 8th, 2010 1:44 pm

    whoever said unions o line is good is a joke.. someone should personally ask the qb if he believes tht because he was scrambling for his life everydrop back. also, #10 and #11 made some plays. i was lookin for #8 but seemed to be guarded the whole time.

  49. GSHLFANATIC on November 8th, 2010 4:55 pm


  50. DCGardner on November 8th, 2010 5:03 pm

    Have you seen a Union roster this year man? Its got a lot of 10′s and 11′s on it.

    They will be perfectly fine compared to other schools around here.

  51. High School Football Fan I on November 8th, 2010 8:59 pm

    “Tough draw indeed, but you can’t have fumbled snaps, dropped passes, blocked punts, a breakdown in QB protection, etc. against a quality opponent like Bothell”.

    More like mechanical QB running into sacks from what the film shows.

  52. RockemSockem on November 9th, 2010 10:04 am

    Response to #51:
    Yes, he is still learning position, and on occasion does get happy feet instead of stepping up into the pocket. Some QB’s learn, some never do. Guess we will see next season.

  53. RockemSockem on November 9th, 2010 10:11 am

    Well said. Thank you for your comments. It’s refreshing to see a positive postiing on this site.
    I wish your team all the best in their game vs. Kentwood!

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