Tacoma Dome is a second home for Skyline

November 25, 2011

By Mason Kelley

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 25, 2011

Every time Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor drives past the Tacoma Dome with his family, his boys, Jackson and Cole, say the same thing.

“That’s where daddy plays.”

Since Jackson was born in 2005, the Spartans have advanced to the state-title game five times. Cole, 3, has not experienced a season in which his father’s team didn’t finish indoors.

“It’s kind of what my family has grown up with,” said Taylor, who met his wife, Katie, during the school’s 2000 championship season. “Not just the success, but just being a part of Skyline football.”

The Spartans (9-3) are again heading back to the Tacoma Dome, this time to play second-ranked Woodinville (12-0) Saturday in the Class 4A semifinals at 1 p.m.

This year, the Taylors will introduce their 4-month-old daughter, Lyla, to the building that has almost become a second home to the Spartans late in the season.

“Hopefully it’s good luck,” Taylor said.

Taylor knows it won’t be easy to advance to Skyline’s fifth straight championship game.

“I expect to see a very, very disciplined football team that plays lights out on offense and defense,” he said of Woodinville. “It’s going to be a tremendous challenge. I’ve continued to watch their defense to try and find a way that we can attack them on offense and it’s been very challenging. They do what they do very, very well.”

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