Eagles’ Ryan Bergman breaks school passing record

October 13, 2009

By Bob Taylor

The Issaquah High School football program has had several outstanding quarterbacks over the years, some like Clete Casper and Dan Graham who later excelled at the college level.However, few ever had a better night than senior Ryan Bergman.

Bergman lit up the skies Oct. 9 when he passed for an unofficial 531 yards as Issaquah defeated the host Redmond Mustangs 40-7 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The Issaquah quarterback should get his toughest test of the season at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 when the Eagles play the top-ranked Skyline Spartans at Skyline. The teams are currently tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

But back to Bergman.

Issaquah football coach Chris Bennett said he isn’t sure about the number of yards Bergman threw for against Redmond. The Eagles statistical crew had Berman for 494 yards. Bennett was reviewing the film earlier this week to check the numbers. Whether it was 531 or 494, these marks were official:

Bergman completed 26 of 35 passes, connected on six touchdown passes and did not throw an interception. Also, the yardage he threw for in the game is very likely a school record.

“He did well. He stood in there and delivered the ball, and the rest was history,” Bennett said.

For the season, Bergman has passed for more than 1,400 yards and connected on 16 touchdown passes.

“He’s done a good job this season in his first year as a starter,” Bennett said. “He’s going to keep on getting better and better.”

Bergman again relied on his favorite receiver against the Mustangs. Evan Peterson caught 11 passes for 266 yards. Peterson hauled in touchdown passes of 54, 79, 29 and four yards.

Issaquah actually trailed in the game when Redmond’s Michael Conforto scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. The Eagles came back to take a 12-7 halftime lead with Peterson hitting Adam Dondoyano on a 10-yard touchdown pass and later connecting with Peterson on a 29-yarder.

In addition to Peterson’s three third-quarter scoring catches, Gavin Schumaker caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Bergman in the fourth quarter.

Issaquah’s aerial attack faces its biggest test of the season against Skyline. While Skyline has one of the best passing attacks in the state, Bennett believes the Spartans’ defense is often overlooked.

“All 11 guys on defense can run. Looking at them on film, they are the fastest team I’ve seen,” Bennett said. “It’s going to be a tall challenge.”

Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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