Issaquah School District football teams notch victories

October 4, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah and Liberty high school football teams both bounced back from tough losses Sept. 30 while Skyline rolled up an easy triumph as all three district teams were victorious on the same day for the first time this season.

Skyline looked like its usual self, scoring early and often on its way to a 56-17 rout of the Redmond Mustangs.

Skyline improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division competition. The Spartans are tied with Eastlake for first place.

Spartans quarterback Max Browne completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 215 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Back-up quarterback Nate Gibson completed all seven of his passes and threw two touchdown passes.

Skyline running back Damian Greene ran eight times for 52 yards and receiver Mason Gregory finished with four catches for 69 yards. Altogether, Skyline compiled 428 yards of offense. Skyline scored 21 points in the first quarter, 28 in the second and eased off with just one touchdown in the second half. Redmond scored on a field goal in the second quarter and tallied two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Issaquah, meanwhile, stepped out of league play and stepped on visiting Kamiak, 42-7, in a nonleague game at Gary Moore Stadium. Quarterback Ethan Kalin completed 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and threw three touchdown passes. He also ran five yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

“Ethan did a great job of spreading the ball around,” Issaquah Chris Bennett said.

Kalin connected with Eric Lemke, Reed Peterson and Jake Bakamus on touchdown passes.

Peterson also ran back a kickoff 85 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown. Kyle Thomas rounded out Issaquah’s scoring when he raced 18 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Running back Jack Gellatly had 124 yards on 14 carries to complement Kalin’s passing.

“Our defense did a good job, allowing just 85 yards rushing,” Bennett said. “It was a good effort all around. After losing to Skyline the week before, it was nice to get going again.”

Liberty, which lost a heartbreaker to Mount Si in overtime the week before, rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Juanita, 16-14. Running back Tei Staladi scored two touchdowns for Liberty. His second touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when the Patriots overcame a four-point deficit.

Staladi also scored a first-quarter touchdown. Josh Johnson’s 27-yard field goal in the second quarter gave Liberty a 10-7 halftime lead. Juanita went ahead in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard run by Travis Marshall, before Liberty countered with an 80-yard drive with just two minutes and 21 seconds left.

Liberty came up with a crucial pass play to keep the drive going. Facing a fourth and 21, quarterback Jordan West hit Josh Gordon on a 48-yard pass. The play was partially called back due to holding, which still left Liberty with a fourth and one. On the next play, Staladi ran 34 yards for a first down. Then, with just 1:34 left, Staladi powered into the end zone for the game-winning score.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or Comment at

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