Skyline pleased to be playing on Saturday

November 4, 2010

By Mason Kelley

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 4, 2010

After tough tests on back-to-back weeks, Skyline coach Mat Taylor said he’s not complaining about playing on Saturday, giving his team an extra day to rest and prepare.

“We’re really looking forward to having an extra day and playing on Saturday,” Taylor said. “The last couple of weeks especially we’ve been banged up and had some hard fought games against Eastlake and Bothell.”

The top-ranked Spartans (8-1) open the playoffs against Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re just trying to get healthier, but more importantly just setting the tone for playoffs and really starting to polish things up,” Taylor said.

Despite entering the season with three straight state titles, Skyline came into the season with plenty of young faces. However, after six straight games against ranked opponents to open the season and two more games against top 10 teams the last two weeks, the Spartans grew up quickly.

Sophomore quarterback Max Browne and sophomore middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer have each played big roles, complementing seniors like Kasen Williams, Connor Cree and Jordan Simone.

“The greatest accomplishment of this team and the kids and our staff is the improvement we’ve shown each and every week,” Taylor said.

The Spartans have yet to score less than 28 points in a game this season and have proven they can produce against some of the top defenses in the state. However, Taylor still thinks there is room for improvement.

“Offensively we’re still improving,” he said. “Some of our kids have been able to put up some pretty good numbers, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.”

Pelluer piles up tackles

Skyline middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer, younger brother of Washington Huskies freshman Cooper Pelluer, is the top tackler in the 4A KingCo Conference.

Through nine games, the sophomore has 86 total tackles. In his first start, against Bellevue on Sept. 11, he made 14.5 tackles. Last week in the KingCo title game against Bothell, he tallied 10.5.

“There are some pretty talented defensive players in our conference and that says a lot about his ability,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “The sky is the limit for him

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