Smash and grab — Spartans win the Coal Bucket in 48-21 trouncing of Eagles

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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High-school football game of the week: Skyline at Issaquah, tonight at 7

September 5, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 5, 2014

About the game

It’s the first time this district-rivalry game has not been played at the end of the season. League realignment caused the change to the schedule.

The schools play for a trophy called the “Coal Bucket,” something original Skyline High School coach Steve Gervais and Issaquah High School coach Buddy Bland dreamed up early on in the rivalry.

“It’s really odd for us,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said of playing the Eagles in Week 1 rather than Week 9. “But, it’s also really helped motivate the kids this offseason.”

Skyline has made a habit of playing a big-name (and many times out-of-state) team to begin the year. The Spartans don’t have a game like that on the schedule this season.

For the Eagles, tonight’s game marks Bland’s return to the sideline for his first game since he resigned in 2006 after seven seasons. Issaquah is looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Skyline.

The Eagles led at halftime a year ago, but wilted in the second half and fell, 30-17, in the regular-season finale.

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Buddy Bland returns ‘home’ to coach hard-working Issaquah Eagles

September 2, 2014

After Issaquah High School parted ways last season with head football coach Chris Bennett, the administration turned to a familiar face to fill his shoes — Buddy Bland.

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

By Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

After leading the Eagles for seven seasons before resigning in 2006, Bland chose to focus on teaching his video production class at Issaquah.

However, Bland never completely stepped away from the game — he was Skyline’s offensive lines coach during the Spartans 28-0 run that led to two state titles in 2007 and 2008. He returned to Issaquah to coach the Eagles offensive line in 2011 and 2012. He jumped at the chance to start is 16th year as head coach.

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Former Issaquah star earns collegiate honor

December 10, 2013

Former Issaquah High School running back Grant Gellatly earned first team All-Ivy honors in his senior year at Cornell.

Gellatly, who switched to wide receiver in college, set Cornell single season receiving records with 91 catches for 1,224 yards and also hauled in eight touchdowns.

He led the league and ranked second nationally in receiving yards per game (122.4) and receptions per game (9.1).

He had a school-record 10 career 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard games in his career and was a Capital One Academic All-District first-team selection.

 

Issaquah loses 51-26 to O’Dea

September 24, 2013

The third time proved not to be a charm for the Eagles. The Issaquah High School football team played its third-straight 3A team Sept. 20 against O’Dea.

MaxPreps Freeman Rankings for Washington had Issaquah still at 24, despite a 1-1 start. However, it was the lower-ranked, visiting Fighting Irish (38) that pulled off the upset, 51-26.

The two teams were all square at 14 after one quarter. The Eagles scored a pair of touchdowns with the usual suspects — Derek Chapman scored on a 38-yard pass from Jack Neary and Jack Gellatly rambled in from eight yards out.

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Wildcats scratch out win against Eagles

September 17, 2013

Issaquah and Mount Si high schools may not compete in the same league any more. But that hasn’t diminished the intensity of the rivalry that has built between the two perennial powerhouses.

The Eagles’ stadium was standing room only when the team hosted the Wildcats Sept. 12. Both squads delivered a contest worthy of a rivalry. The nonleague game’s outcome was in question until the final minutes, when No. 5 ranked Class 3A Mount Si held on to its come-from-behind victory against 4A Issaquah, 28-20.

By Darryn Dieken Issaquah High School’s Derek Chapman passes jubilant teammates on the sideline with his third-quarter kickoff return for a 92-yard touchdown Sept. 13 against Mount Si.

By Darryn Dieken
Issaquah High School’s Derek Chapman passes jubilant teammates on the sideline with his third-quarter kickoff return for a 92-yard touchdown Sept. 13 against Mount Si.

Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune said the Wildcats have been a team “in search of an identity.”

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Issaquah football team hosts Pigskin Carnival

September 10, 2013

The Issaquah High School football team will be hosting its 2013 Pigskin Carnival on Sept. 14. The event is designed to raise at least $30,000 for the program’s needs in the coming year.

The carnival will begin at 7 p.m. at the home of Danna and Craig Kinzer, 18884 S.E. 42nd St. in Issaquah. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/footballboosters. The event is open to anyone 21 and older. It will include a dinner buffet and drinks, carnival games and an auction.

Learn more by emailing auction chairwomen Kara Neary at tkneary@msn.com or Mindi Person at mindi@eastlakedesign.com.

 

 

Thundering Eagles

September 10, 2013

Jack Gellatly leads Issaquah attack with four touchdowns

By Darryn Dieken Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, scampers through a large hole in the Interlake line for a large gain. Gellatly scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 44-3 victory against the Saints.

By Darryn Dieken
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, scampers through a large hole in the Interlake line for a large gain. Gellatly scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 44-3 victory against the Saints.

On Sept. 5, Mother Nature reminded the region she’s still a force to be reckoned with, displaying quite the impressive thunder and lightning show.

The following night, Issaquah High School put the region on notice it, too, will be a force of nature in KingCo this season. The Eagles stormed into host Interlake High School’s field and ran away with a 44-3 win in a nonleague matchup.

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Football Preview 2013

August 28, 2013

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Football gets $5,000 for new equipment

April 2, 2013

During its March 27 meeting, the Issaquah School Board approved a $5,000 contribution to the Issaquah High School football team.

The Issaquah High School Football Booster Club donated the money to help the team buy cameras and equipment and help cover any other needs it may have.

 

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