Wildcats pound Patriots, 35-17

November 4, 2014

The Liberty High School football team fell to the Mount Si Wildcats, 35-17, in a game that dropped Liberty’s season record to 6-3. The game on Halloween, Oct. 31, was the final game of the regular season before Liberty heads into the playoffs to face Fife on Nov. 7.

By Gary Babcock/www.garysactionphotography.com Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

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Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

“It’s disappointing because it felt like we were in the game and we could win,” head coach Steve Valach said.

The Patriots scored first blood against the Wildcats with a touchdown run from junior running back Joe Cunningham in the first quarter. The touchdown came after an interception thrown by Mount Si quarterback Jonathan Hillel.

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Skyline routs Eastlake, 40-10

November 4, 2014

Head coach Mat Taylor preached resiliency to his Skyline High School football players after they suffered a 56-0 blowout loss Oct. 17 at the hands of top-ranked Bothell.

By Greg Farrar Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

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Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

The Spartans proved they had thick skin in the next two games. They rolled past Inglemoor on Oct. 24, and then walloped rival Eastlake, 40-10, Oct. 31 to clinch second place in the KingCo Conference and a home playoff game this week.

“After Week 7, we just said it was going to have to be a thing of the past,” Taylor said. “This is the beset possible outcome we could’ve had after losing to Bothell.”

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Bothell Cougars humble Skyline Spartans, 56-0

October 21, 2014

If there were any doubts about Bothell’s ability to win a big football game on the road, the Cougars destroyed those theories in the opening minute of their Oct. 17 game at Skyline High School.

By Greg Farrar Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

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Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

Bothell, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, scored on its first two plays from scrimmage and went on to thoroughly dominate the Skyline Spartans, 56-0, clinching the KingCo Conference title in the process.

“We couldn’t ask for anything better — score on the first play, score on the second play of offense,” said senior Sam McPherson, the Cougars’ star running back and defensive back.

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Issaquah squanders early lead to Mount Si

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles fell to the Mount Si Wildcats in an away game Oct. 17, bringing their season record to 2-5.

By Calder Productions Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

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Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

The Eagles pulled ahead early in the rainy matchup, but the Wildcats responded and Issaquah was ultimately unable to recover, losing 20-14.

“We had our chance,” head coach Buddy Bland said. “We just didn’t take care of business.”

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Hughes’ highlight

October 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar In one of the Eagles’ few highlights, Bryce Hughes (33), Issaquah High School sophomore running back, crosses the goal line standing up for a second-quarter Eagle touchdown Oct. 10. Newport senior defensive back Jordan Sanberg incurred an unnecessary roughness penalty by hauling Hughes down anyway. Newport proved too much for Issaquah, winning 42-14.

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In one of the Eagles’ few highlights, Bryce Hughes (33), Issaquah High School sophomore running back, crosses the goal line standing up for a second-quarter Eagle touchdown Oct. 10. Newport senior defensive back Jordan Sanberg incurred an unnecessary roughness penalty by hauling Hughes down anyway. Newport proved too much for Issaquah, winning 42-14.

Liberty’s Steve Valach is Seahawks Coach of the Week

October 14, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks honored Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach as its Coach of the Week for his team’s 49-42 win over Mercer Island Oct. 2.

The honor, presented by the Washington Army National Guard, comes with a $500 donation to the football program, a $225 Sports Authority gift card, a Seahawks jacket and a personalized football.

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach receives the Seahawks Coach of the Week Award from representatives of the Washington Army National Guard.

Patriots stay perfect

September 30, 2014

Four weeks into the high school football season, only one Issaquah School District team remains undefeated — and it’s likely not the team you expected.

By Greg Farrar Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

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Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

The Liberty Patriots improved to 4-0 after a 28-0 road victory over the Lake Washington Kangs on Sept. 26, following wins against Lakewood, Hazen and Interlake.

“It’s amazing. It’s everything I wanted of my senior year,” Liberty running back and linebacker Drew Hall said of the Patriots’ start. “But we still need to keep in mind that it’s 1-0 every week, and we’re on to our next opponent.”

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Liberty High School’s Quinn Magendanz wins award

September 30, 2014

Liberty High School senior Quinn Magendanz won the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Athlete of the Week Award. Magendanz, a three-sport athlete currently starring on the football team, won the award based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership and athletic performance.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Patriots wrap up spring ball

June 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team wrapped up its spring practices June 17, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field.

Music blared, whistles sounded and footballs flew into the outstretched hands of open receivers.

This season will be different, though, for all Liberty sports teams, as they prepare to move from the 3A to 2A level.

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