Skyline charges to semifinals with 54-21 win over Roosevelt

November 20, 2012

Skyline’s defensive line holds Roosevelt’s Taku Shiozaki to a 2-yard gain in the third quarter Nov. 16. By Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

The last time the Skyline football team played under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium, it had already wrapped up the win by the end of the second quarter, beating Roosevelt 43-7 at the half. Eight weeks later, that wasn’t the case.

When the halftime buzzer sounded Nov. 16, the state quarterfinal game was tied 14-14.

This was the first time in 15 years that the Roosevelt Roughriders had played in the postseason, and after making it to the final eight, they were not going quietly into the night.

“We knew Roosevelt was riding high, had the whole city of Seattle behind them…it was a good story, give them credit; give their coaches and players credit,” said Skyline quarterback Max Browne. “But at the end of the day we kind of got down to our basics and really executed what we did, and it was a good night for us.”

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne nominated for national award

November 20, 2012

Skyline quarterback Max Browne is among the 16 high school seniors from across the country that were nominated Nov. 14 for 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year.

According to a prepared statement by the Army, the award is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior high school football player.

Selection for the award began early this fall as players were evaluated by coaches from around the nation, as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The winner of this year’s top honor will be announced Jan. 4 in San Antonio, where he will be presented with the Ken Hall Trophy, modeled after Ken “Sugar Land Express” Hall, high school football’s all-time leading rusher.

The Army plans to announce the final six contenders Nov. 28.

Lake Stevens Vikings crumble under Skyline Spartan onslaught

November 13, 2012

Matt Sinatro, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a second-quarter bomb from quarterback Max Browne for an 80-yard touchdown against Lake Stevens. By Greg Farrar

To say that the Skyline High School football squad is above reproach isn’t quite accurate. Every team has its Achilles heel, but the Spartans are a perfect ten — 10-0 that is.

The relentless gridiron machine that is the Skyline football contingent, currently No. 1 in the state at the Class 4A level, kept its untarnished accounting intact when it hosted Lake Stevens on Nov. 9 at Spartan Stadium, annihilating its visitors from the north, 42-0.

The onslaught began innocently enough, as at the end of the first 12 minutes of action the scoreboard displayed a scoreless tie. But in the ensuing quarters, the steamrolling Spartans slowly wore their formidable Vikings foe down, just as they had their previous nine adversaries.

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Max Browne sets state completions record in Skyline’s win

November 6, 2012

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.

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Issaquah Eagles bounced early from football playoffs

November 6, 2012

When an eager and optimistic Issaquah Eagle football team traveled to enemy territory Nov. 2 to lock horns with a perennially powerful Federal Way squad, it just couldn’t capitalize on a gaggle of Federal Way Eagle turnovers, and Issaquah’s season came to an abrupt close as the team lost, 24-14.

At first, the loyal Issaquah fans making the excursion to voluminous Federal Way Stadium probably couldn’t believe their eyes.

Issaquah received the opening kickoff and returned the ball to its own 20; that was where Issaquah set up camp.

Federal Way didn’t have time to get very comfortable, though, as on Issaquah’s first play from scrimmage, junior dynamo Jack Gellatly — who led the KingCo 4A in rushing with well over 1,000 yards on the ground in only nine outings — took a handoff and burst through a gaping hole in the line, dashing 80 yards for a touchdown.

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Skyline Spartans remain unbeaten, claim KingCo 4A championship

October 30, 2012

Skyline High School’s Cedric Cooper gains a little ground before being tackled in the Oct. 25 game against Bothell. By Jim Nicholson

After plowing through the regular season undefeated, the Skyline High School football team kicked off what it calls the “second season” Oct. 25 with a blowout win over Bothell for the KingCo 4A title.

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Liberty’s Tynan Gilmore shows heart in final conference games

October 30, 2012

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School senior quarterback, drags a Mount Si senior defensive back into the end zone with his fourth-quarter punt return Oct. 26. By Greg Farrar

Though the Liberty High School Patriots lost to Mount Si, 35-7, on Oct. 26, to put their record at 3-6, it might be the best team Steve Valach has coached in his 14 years with Liberty.

“I tell you what,” he said. “If all my teams had the heart and courage of this year’s team, I’d coach until I was 100 years old.”

This was a rough season for the Patriots. Two seniors who might have had a shot as football scholarships decided to not even play this year, according to Valach.

The team has been rife with injuries. On Oct. 26, only 30 players suited up. The week before was even worse — 25.

But one of those injuries, a season-ending concussion for the Patriots’ starting quarterback, put one kid in the spotlight that no one in their right mind would want to be.

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Issaquah football team heads into playoffs after 20-13 win

October 30, 2012

The Woodinville Falcons came swooping into Gary Moore Stadium on Oct. 26 and nearly ended the Issaquah High School football squad’s 2012 postseason dreams before they began.

Thanks to a suddenly stingy Issaquah defense and Issaquah’s skilled field goal kicker Alex Shane, Issaquah rallied back from a 13-7 halftime deficit and pulled out a 20-13 triumph, to advance to the 32-team KingCo 4A state playoffs.

For Issaquah, the first tournament hurdle will come against a 9-0 Federal Way team out of the South Puget Sound League 4A, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Federal Way Stadium.

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Skyline Spartans blank Issaquah Eagles, 21-0, in battle of rivals

October 23, 2012

Jack Gellatly (5), Issaquah High School junior running back, is shaken up by a late hit from Skyline’s Blake Young (left) while being pulled down by the jersey by Jack Valencia during the third quarter.By Greg Farrar

When you are the No. 1 4A high school football team in the state, used to winning games by 30-point margins, you are able to overcome just about every form of adversity, even if it’s in your imagination.

Nationally ranked Skyline High School Spartans senior quarterback Max Browne experienced a lackluster first half by his undefeated 8-0 Skyline football squad Oct. 19, when it hosted the Issaquah Eagles in a battle for local bragging rights. The game ended in a 21-0, Skyline victory.

Browne did not like the spectacle that unfolded during a mediocre 24 minutes of Spartans’ football in the first half of the annual Issaquah School District rivalry, which saw Skyline holding a scant 7-0 advantage at intermission.

Normally Browne, who leads the KingCo 4A in passing with a 75 percent completion rating and has flung nearly 20 touchdowns this year, lets his actions furnish the inspiration to fire up the troops.

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Liberty Patriots fail to stop Bellevue Wolverines

October 23, 2012

It was Liberty High School’s turn to face the juggernaut that is Wolverine football when the Patriots went on the road to play Bellevue on Oct. 19.

While the Patriots fell to Bellevue, 49-11, they were the first team in the state to put up more than 10 points on the Wolverines this season, behind a Josh Johnson field goal and a score by Tynan Gilmore, as well as a 2-point conversion.

Heading into the game, the team knew it was a tough test, going up against a Bellevue team that is ranked among the best in the nation, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

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