Max Browne sets state completions record in Skyline’s win

November 6, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Peter Stromgren, Skyline High School senior linebacker, with senior linebacker Brandon Crandall behind him, tackles a Puyallup Viking ballcarrier during the Spartans’ 59-17 win Nov. 3. By Jim Nicholson

In typical Skyline Spartans fashion, the first quarter of Nov. 3 state playoff game was awash in touchdowns, leading the Spartans to a 59-17 win over the Puyallup Vikings.

On its first drive, the Skyline football team scored with a touchdown by Nate Gibson. Puyallup quickly answered back with a touchdown of their own and 2 ½-half minutes of the game it looked like the Spartans may have met their match.

But just as quickly as the Vikings, which entered the playoffs with a 4-6 overall record, rose up to stand nose-to-nose with Skyline, the Spartans sprang ahead. This time, Skyline quarterback Max Browne ran in the touchdown.

The defending state champions were off, never to be caught again. Before the quarter’s end, Browne, Nic Sblendorio and Andrew Giese each put a touchdown on the board for a score of 35-7.

“Our coaches do a great job of preparing us week in and week out, and we study film and watch what their defense is doing,” senior wide receiver Matt Sinatro said. “And with Max as our quarterback and a couple great receivers out there, it’s pretty easy to get going quick.”

Late in the second quarter, Sinatro cut up the right sideline, breaking three tackles to make a 38-yard touchdown.

“I just saw the opening,” he said after the game. “Andrew Giese, one of our better blockers, was up field and I just saw end zone and got in good.”

Skyline continued in the third quarter with two more touchdowns from senior wide receiver Austin Bui. With the score at 52-14, the clock began to wind down, not stopping between plays. Spartan defense held back the Vikings, only allowing a field goal for the rest of the game.

“Going from Bothell, which was a mainly run team, to Puyallup, which is mainly a pass team, we had to just adjust to that and play a little differently, but we were ready for that, so it was good,” senior linebacker Peter Stromgren said. “Defense has been playing well and I think a lot of that is just our speed…Our coaches preach us speed so we play fast to inside and fast to the outside; can’t get past us there.”

The win not only put another notch in Skyline’s belt but also helped Browne break the state record for career completions. Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore, a 2006 Prosser High School graduate, previously held the record at 787 completed passes. Browne started the season off at 605 and catapulted to 805 during the Nov. 3 game.

“To beat a guy like that is cool, but at the end of the day it wouldn’t have been able to happen without my teammates,” Browne said. “It’s been a fun ride, but hopefully, we’ll have four more weeks and continue it that way.”

With the win, Skyline now advances to the final 16 in the state playoffs and are set to take on Lake Stevens at home at 7 p.m. Nov. 9.

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