Skyview Storm cause offensive outage in Issaquah Eagles’ loss, 47-17

November 8, 2011

By Bob Taylor

It was a long bus ride home for the Issaquah High School football team Nov. 4 after the Eagles fell to host Skyview, of Vancouver, 47-17, in a preliminary round Class 4A playoff game at the Kiggins Bowl.

“Our kids were extremely disappointed. They felt they left so much on the field,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said.

Issaquah went into the contest with plenty of confidence. However, mistakes came back to haunt the Eagles throughout the game.

Although he probably did not feel like laughing, Bennett said, “It was a funny game.”

“When we look at the stats, we went up and down the field all night. We never punted. We had 79 offensive plays and close to 400 yards in total offense. We were inside their 20-yard line five different times in the first half and only got a field goal,” Bennett said.

But in the first quarter, the Eagles deflected a pass to a Skyview defender in the end zone. Instead of a touchdown, the play went for an interception. On Issaquah’s next series, the Eagles turned the ball over on a fumble at the Skyview 5-yard-line.

“We should have been up 14-0, instead we ended the quarter 0-0,” Bennett said. “Against a team like Skyview, which was as athletic as we played all year, you can’t afford to make the mistakes we made early in the game.”

The Storm capitalized on Issaquah mistakes in the second quarter to lead 24-0 at halftime.

Issaquah went into the game knowing it had to stop Skyview’s talented running back Parker Henry. He finished with a respectable game, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

However, Skyview quarterback Kieran McDonagh surprised the Eagles with his passing. McDonagh completed 20 of 31 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Reiley Henderson, one of the top receivers in the state, had four receptions for 66 yards. Forrest Russell, however, was the leading receiver for the Storm with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

“If you had told me that we could hold their big running back to 123 yards, I would have been happy with that. But you can’t let their quarterback throw for 300 yards,” Bennett said. “Skyview really hit some big pass plays in the second half.”

Issaquah senior quarterback Ethan Kalin completed 14 of 34 passes for 219 yards, including a 57-yard scoring strike to Reed Peterson for the game’s final touchdown.

“Ethan played his best game of his career,” Bennett said. “He was getting the ball to our guys, but we had 12 dropped passes. He kept plugging away. He really played well. If ever a guy stepped up and was ready to go, it was Ethan.”

Sophomore running back Jack Gellatly had 111 yards on 26 carries to complement Kalin’s passing.

“We got everything we wanted. We were able to run the ball and throw the ball,” Bennett said. “But you have to give Skyview credit. They found their passing game in the second half, they never gave up the big play and they prevented us from making a run at them.”

Issaquah finished the season with a 7-3 record. All three losses were to teams ranked among the best in the state.

“It was a very respectable record, but I know our guys came away feeling empty. They were not satisfied with the way the season ended,” Bennett said. “Our seniors are used to getting at least to the quarterfinals. They really helped establish our program as one of the best in the state.”

Patriots close with win

Liberty closed out its season with a 50-6 nonleague victory Nov. 4 against visiting Ingraham.

“It was a nice way to finish out the season, although if you had asked our kids, they would have rather been in the playoffs,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

The Patriots finished the season at 4-6.

Senior quarterback Jordan West had his best game of the season. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown.

“It was a good final game for him,” Valach said of West.

Liberty led 15-0 at the end of the first quarter. Defensive lineman Anthony Olobia tackled an Ingraham player in the end zone for a safety to put the Patriots up 2-0. West later scored on a 1-yard run before hitting Josh Gordon on a 39-yard touchdown pass.

West hit Tynan Gilmore on a 9-yard pass in the second quarter as Liberty led 22-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, West connected with Gilmore for 19 yards and Alex Olobia on a 66-yard touchdown pass.

Freshman running back Russell Boston went five yards for a touchdown later in the third quarter.

“He is a good little running back who did a great job. Russell made the most of the carries he had,” Valach said.

Jalen Mano scored Liberty’s final touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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