Spartans crush South Kitsap 63-14

November 17, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Senior quarterback Jake Heaps and junior wide receiver Kasen Williams showed everyone watching Nov. 14 in Mount Tahoma Stadium why they are regarded as the premier passing duo in the state.When the Skyline High School Spartans football team was looking for that signature blowout win to gain confidence in its quest for another state title, it found it through the air — seven times — in a 63-14 victory over South Kitsap. The victory sends the Spartans, 9-2 for the season, to the 4A state quarterfinals Nov. 21 against unbeaten Curtis.

The Spartans set a school record for points scored in a first half — 56.

“It was really exciting. The kids came out and executed exactly how they’re capable of,” head coach Mat Taylor said. “It was a surprise. To score 56 points in the first half, that’s never happened at Skyline.”

All but one touchdown came in the first half for both teams. Heaps passed for seven touchdowns and completed 20 of 27 attempts for 308 yards.

And he connected with Williams four times in the first half.

“Jake is just so good with his mechanics. And Kasen is just so good at catching the ball,” Taylor said. “He just has a knack for getting open and Jake’s got a knack for finding him.”

Williams finished the night with eight catches for 107 yards. Heaps capped off the half with a 31-yard strike to Jordan Simone. Simone had three catches for 90 yards.

Taylor said the plan was for Skyline to come out confident and put doubts in the minds of the South Kitsap players. That’s what they did.

Capitalizing on South Kitsap mistakes and working quickly, Skyline scored three times in the first eight minutes of the game, Taylor said. Running back Nick Washburn scored on a 2-yard run, Connor Brandt caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Heaps and Williams hauled in an 11-yard toss.

“Before we knew it, it was 21-0,” he said. “This is a complete team.”

Despite its dominance on both sides of the ball, Skyline still let a couple of big plays get away.

South Kitsap scored 14 points in the second quarter, once on a 77-yard pass from quarterback Gordy Anderson to Isaiah Davis and again on a Leon LaDeaux 93-yard kickoff return.

Skyline finished with 490 yards of total offense and held South Kitsap to 211. Nick Beauchamp carried the ball seven times for Skyline, totaling 52 yards and Washburn had seven carries for 50 yards.

South Kitsap finished the season 10-1.

Skyline faces Curtis (11-0) at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Curtis High. Curtis comes off a 21-16 victory against Central Kitsap. The Vikings went 9-2 last season, but were knocked out of the playoffs by Bothell, which, like Skyline, is a 4A KingCo Conference team.

Curtis standouts include quarterback Tyler Jamison, wide receivers C.J. Langlow and Rahmel Dockery, and lineman Chris Edison.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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