Liberty football team loses defensive battle to Mercer Island

October 16, 2012

By Staff

There wasn’t much offense between the Liberty High School football team and Mercer Island when the two battled Oct. 12.

Both teams were able to move the ball, but getting it into the end zone wasn’t so easy, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It wasn’t like there was no offense at all,” he said. “There was some movement of the ball, but then both sides kept getting shutdown and having to punt it or turning it over.”

Ultimately, Mercer Island was the only one to reach the end zone as Liberty fell to the Islanders, 7-3.

Liberty’s only points came from a second-half field goal by kicker Josh Johnson.

“It was just one of those games where I think the team who made the least mistakes was going to win it and it’s not like there were a ton of mistakes,” Valach said.

Despite the loss, Valach said there was a lot to feel good about in terms of his team’s performance, especially the group’s effort.

Next up, Liberty travels to Bellevue to take on the undefeated Wolverines on Oct. 19.

Skyline overcomes slow start to easy win

In what was billed as the clash of the undefeated Oct. 12 on Newport High School’s turf, it took the Skyline a while to get in the groove, as the Spartans put up a rare goose egg in the game’s first quarter against a stubborn Newport home contingent.

Once the visiting Skyline offense started hitting on all cylinders, it was business as usual. The Spartans eventually came away with a lopsided 56-28 road triumph to emerge from the fray unscathed to go 5-0 in league action and 7-0 overall.

At the conclusion of the first 12 minutes of play, the home team had jumped out to a surprising early advantage and the Spartans found themselves in an unfamiliar quandary, trailing 14-0.

Skyline didn’t seem to panic, however, appearing to get back on track in the second and third quarters as it registered a tandem of defensive touchdowns.

Senior Skyline quarterback Max Browne hooked up with his receiving corps for four touchdown strikes of 77, 6, 63 and 18 yards, two of which found premiere wide out target Andrew Giese in mid-stride twice before intermission for a pair of scores.

Browne, the leading signal caller in the KingCo 4A with a pass completion percentage of 75 percent, looked almost pedestrian initially. But by the time the Newport fans began to head for the exits, Browne had put on quite an aerial display, connecting on 19 of his 24 passes for nearly 350 yards.

The Spartans next host nearby Crown Division nemesis Issaquah at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Skyline High School’s stadium in Sammamish.

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