Skyline runs away with home opener against Garfield

October 2, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Skyline High School’s Andrew Giese receives a pass from Max Browne in the first quarter against Garfield on Sept. 28.

Twelve minutes into Skyline’s first home football game Sept. 28, it was clear who would be the victor.

The first quarter was awash in touchdowns and none of them belonged to Garfield. The Skyline High School Spartans went to work right away with Sam Mix, on the punt return, running the ball to Garfield’s 35-yard line. Four plays later, the Spartans had their first touchdown, thanks to Cedric Cooper, who made a successful run for the end zone. Skyline finished it up with a 2-point conversion by kicker Sean McDonald.

Giving up zero turnovers, Skyline continued to score. Peyton Pelluer recovered Garfield’s fumble and ran it over the line; McDonald secured the extra point.

“Every game we go into defensively, we want to go and play our game, fast physical football,” Pelluer said.

Next, Andrew Giese finished off a 30-yard pass from Max Browne, and Nate Gibson made the 2-point conversion. Rolling on, Browne completed a pass to Austin Bui in the end zone. Sailing it between the posts, McDonald put the Spartans 30th point on the board, setting the score at 30-0 with little more than three minutes left in the first quarter.

Skyline continued, gaining four more touchdowns and two points from Garfield’s botched hike, bringing the half time score to 60-8.

The deficit would have been larger when Chase Premore caught the punt and ran 80 yards, breaking two tackles. However, the touchdown was denied for illegal holding.

“I’m just happy with the way we played. We still have some stuff we need to clean up,” Pelluer said. “It was kind of sloppy. We work on our execution, and playing smart, and not making bonehead mistakes and getting penalized.”

With the clock not being stopped between plays, the second half was sped up. Garfield got on the board again with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, but never caught up to Skyline. The game ended at 67-16.

The 51-point win was not the only thing the Spartans had to celebrate. Five minutes into the second quarter, Browne surpassed the 10,000 mark in his career passing yards. Currently ranked fourth in Washington’s career passing record book, Browne is edging closer to third-place record holder DeSales’ T.J. Conley at 10,147. In first place is Brian Lindgren, also from DeSales, at 12,575.

But Browne wasn’t busy making calculations that night.

“I had no idea. I knew I was close but when it happened I was totally shocked,” he said afterward. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

Having come up in the program, Browne had a lot of friends to share the moment with.

“I’ve played side by side with him since third grade,” Pelluer said. “It’s an honor to play with him, but at the end of the day we are just best friends and it makes it that much more fun.”

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