Skyline players lead all-conference football honors

December 13, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Max Browne and Peyton Pelluer, key players in Skyline High School’s Class 4A state championship football team, captured KingCo Conference 4A all-Crest Division top honors.

Browne, a 6-foot-5 junior quarterback, was selected as the division’s offensive player of the year. During the regular season, he led KingCo in passing with 2,701 yards and he tossed 29 touchdown passes.

“Browne was so impressive this season. He has great pocket presence. He is a great leader,” Issaquah High coach Chris Bennett said.

Pelluer, a 6-1, 210-pound junior linebacker who led the league in tackles, was selected as the division’s defensive player of the year.

“He just has tremendous instincts. He’s got that knack for finding the ball,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

Browne and Pelluer helped Skyline defeat Skyview, 38-7, Dec. 3 in the state title game.

Skyline had four other players who were selected to the all-Crest first team.

Wide receiver Taggart Krueger, who ranked third among KingCo receivers, and tackle Ben Vavra were picked for the offensive team. Cornerback Damian Greene joined Pelluer on the defensive team.

Sean McDonald, a junior, was selected as the first-team punter and placekicker.

Issaquah had six all-Crest first-team selections. Eric Lemke and Austin Richert earned first-team honors on offense and defense. Lemke was selected on offense at tight end and on defense as a lineman. Richert was picked on offense as a guard and on defense at linebacker.

Lemke, 6-4, 255 pounds, has received recruiting attention from several schools.

Richert, also a standout lacrosse player, played the entire fall on an injured ankle.

“He showed a lot of guts and determination,” Bennett said. “He was also our long snapper. He just never came off the field.”

Underclassmen Jack Gellatly and Reed Peterson were first-team offensive selections. Gellatly, a sophomore running back, ranked fourth among league rushers with 882 yards. He scored 12 touchdowns.

“For the entire season, he has 1,000 yards. He is very talented. He is just going to get better and better,” Bennett said.

Peterson, a junior receiver, followed the footsteps of his older brother Evan, a record-setting receiver for Issaquah.

Two Issaquah underclassmen — junior linebacker Eric Rauch and sophomore cornerback Derek Chapman — were picked for defense.

“Eric finished second in voting for defensive player of the year. He really had a nice year and came into his own,” Bennett said. “Chapman led our team in interceptions with five. He is very athletic and plays the ball real well.”

Other players on the first-team offensive unit were running back Ryan Lewis, tackle Gino Bresolin, guard Kohl Hedlund and center Connor Menninger, of Eastlake; running back Eric Rodan, of Newport; and wide receiver Nikolaj Lacour, of Redmond.

The first-team defensive unit included linemen Bresolin, Kepa Hughes and Sean Bradley, linebackers Danny Grotjahn and Sean McDonald, cornerback Aaron Jo, and safeties Bryan Cassill and Colton Teglovic, of Eastlake; and linebacker Nathan Kubej, of Newport.

Bresolin was named the division’s lineman of the year. Cassill was selected as the Crest Most Valuable Player, and Gene Dales, of Eastlake, was named coach of the year.

Four Patriots earn top honors

Four members of Liberty’s football team earned KingCo Conference 3A/2A all-league first-team honors.

Senior Anthony Olobia was selected on offense as a tackle and on defense as an end.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon and center Jalen Robinson were picked on the offensive team. Outside linebacker Alex Batali was picked on defense.

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