Skyline football juggernaut steamrolls Ballard

October 9, 2012

By John Leggett

The stars appeared to be in perfect alignment for most of the Issaquah School District’s KingCo football squads last weekend, as Skyline and Liberty won handily Oct. 5. The next night, Issaquah’s Eagles traveled to Memorial Stadium in Seattle to take on Garfield, where they overwhelmed the Bulldogs, 40-0.

Skyline kept its league accounting to an untarnished 3-0, when it hosted Ballard on Oct. 5, demoralizing the visitors, 64-17, to stay abreast of undefeated nemesis Newport in the league standings.

The lopsided triumph over Ballard also elevated the Spartans’ overall record to an unblemished 6-0 as they continued to humiliate their adversaries, as they had in the previous five outings. Skyline is currently averaging a formidable 58 points per contest, while relinquishing one-third that many points to its “competition.”

Skyline bounded out to a 51-17 halftime advantage, mostly behind the arm of senior Spartan quarterback Max Browne, who tossed three touchdowns in the first half. One came in the initial stanza on a 23-yard rainbow to Andrew Giese, while the other tandem of touchdown tosses came in the second frame and were aerials of four and 15 yards to Trevor Barney.

Browne, who played sparingly in the second 24 minutes of the decisive victory over Ballard, was recently honored by an invitation to represent Skyline High School in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be televised live Jan. 5, 2013, from the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

On Oct. 6, the Issaquah Eagles, were treated to a rare Saturday evening encounter with Garfield High School.

The Eagles sunk their claws into the Bulldogs, blanking their host, 40-0.

The charge was spearheaded by junior running back Jack Gellatly, who currently leads the KingCo 4A in not only rushing yardage with close to 1,000 yards on the ground, but also individual scoring.

Gellatly improved in both categories against Garfield, as he tabulated four rushing touchdowns, and ground out 180 yards on 20 carries, before earning a well-deserved rest in the fourth period.

Other IHS stalwarts also posted some impressive numbers. Junior quarterback Jack Neary threw 13 yards to Derek Chapman in the first half and a tight 11-yard spiral to Jeff Shipley in the second half.

While Issaquah looked impressive in taming the Bulldogs, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league play, Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett maintained that the most critical matchups still appear on the horizon for his predominantly senior group.

“If we can ever put together a complete game, I think we can be a pretty good team with this mostly senior bunch,” Bennett said. “There were times when we sputtered against Newport, Roosevelt and even Garfield.

“We are working diligently toward eliminating such breakdowns as turnovers, penalties and an occasional lack of execution. We are going to have to have our act together when Ballard comes to town this Friday to face us in our homecoming game, because if we intend to advance past the regular season and on into the cross over contest with either Woodinville (2-0, 5-1) or Bothell (2-0, 3-3), we are simply going to have to defeat Ballard.”

The mighty Ballard High Beavers fell to 1-2 in league and 1-5 overall after being sliced and diced by a talented and unbeaten Skyline contingent, which will roll out the red carpet for Issaquah in a KingCo 4A rivalry meeting Oct. 19 in Sammamish.

Meanwhile, Issaquah elevated its KingCo 4A mark to 2-2 by dismantling Garfield and raising its overall record to 3-3.

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