Skyline Spartans trounce Monroe Bearcats, 59-21

November 4, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Skyline junior receiver Nic Sblendorio catches a pass in the end zone from Max Browne as Monroe's Jake Dinaggio tries to defend during the third quarter Nov. 4. The touchdown put Skyline up 45-21. By Christopher Huber

NEW — 11:55 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline Spartans took just 14 seconds to score against the Monroe Bearcats in the preliminary round of the playoffs Friday night on the plateau.

And it didn’t take much more time for the Spartans to make it a one-sided game.

Skyline improved to 7-3 after it beat the Bearcats 59-21. Monroe finished its season 6-4.

“This was a big win for us,” said Skyline junior quarterback Max Browne.

Spartan kick returner Chase Premone, a junior, took the opening kickoff 95 yards for the first score of the game. And that set the pace for the offense, which scored on all five of its drives in the first half, including a 53-yard run up the right side by senior running back Damian Greene with 14 seconds left in the half.

The two teams scored a combined three times in the final 49 seconds of the second quarter after Browne connected with receiver Taggart Krueger for a 7-yard scoring pass and Monroe’s Jordan Moore broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown run.

Skyline led 38-14 at halftime and never looked back.

“I was seeing them exploiting holes in the offense,” said Moore of Skyline’s potent offensive effort.

Greene finished the night with nine carries for 83 yards — 80 which came in the first half — and caught two passes for 38 yards. He also returned an interception for 71 yards with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. Moore led all rushers with 130 yards rushing in the first half and finished with 23 carries for 167 yards.

Monroe’s passing game was non-existent and gave up two interceptions, both which led to Skyline points. Browne, however, completed 16 of 25 pass attempts for 246 yards through the air. Skyline finished the game with 417 total yards of offensive production.

“We just kinda came out flat,” said Moore.

And Skyline exploited that. While the Skyline defense allowed 182 Bearcat yards in the first half, the Spartans held Monroe to just 83 yards of total offense in the second. Two fumbles in the third and a turnover-on-downs in the fourth killed any momentum Monroe had in the first half.

Skyline plays Mead Nov. 12 in Spokane.

In other action Friday, Liberty defeated Ingraham, 50-6, in a nonleague game. Issaquah fell to Skyview, 47-17, in Vancouver, Wash.

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