Skyline quarterback Max Browne is Gatorade Washington Player of the Year

December 6, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Max Browne (left), Skyline High School junior quarterback, and senior running back Connor Gilchrist share a fist bump followed by a hug, as teammates lift the state 4A championship football trophy Dec. 3 at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, who led the Spartans to the Class 4A state football title Dec. 3, has been named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year.

Browne is the third Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Skyline High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Browne as Washington’s best high school football player. Browne now is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior quarterback directed the Spartans to an 11-3 record. Skyline defeated Skyview, of Vancouver, 38-7, in the state championship game.

Prior to the game, Browne had passed for 3,813 yards and 43 touchdowns, and had completed 273-of-389 attempts with just five interceptions. A 2010 First Team All-State selection, he threw for more than 200 yards in 13 games in 2011.

Browne has maintained a 3.55 grade point average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group, and as a football and basketball camp counselor and referee.

“Max Browne is incredibly poised and efficient, he makes great decisions and is a winner,” Liberty High School coach Steve Valach said.

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