Skyline runs away with home opener against Garfield

October 2, 2012

Skyline High School’s Andrew Giese receives a pass from Max Browne in the first quarter against Garfield on Sept. 28.

Twelve minutes into Skyline’s first home football game Sept. 28, it was clear who would be the victor.

The first quarter was awash in touchdowns and none of them belonged to Garfield. The Skyline High School Spartans went to work right away with Sam Mix, on the punt return, running the ball to Garfield’s 35-yard line. Four plays later, the Spartans had their first touchdown, thanks to Cedric Cooper, who made a successful run for the end zone. Skyline finished it up with a 2-point conversion by kicker Sean McDonald.

Giving up zero turnovers, Skyline continued to score. Peyton Pelluer recovered Garfield’s fumble and ran it over the line; McDonald secured the extra point.

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Max Browne selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

October 2, 2012

Max Browne

Max Browne was honored Sept. 28 for his selection to represent Skyline High School in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The nation’s top 90 high school players will face off Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, in the All-American Bowl, which will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“To be the third guy from Skyline to do it, it’s been a tradition,” Browne said. “It’s a great honor.”

As a result of being selected, Browne’s head coach, Mat Taylor has been invited to travel to San Antonio for bowl-week activities, as well as take part in the three-day U.S. Army Coaches Academy featuring NFL coaches.

“Max is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Skyline High School,” John Myers, director of marketing, Army marketing and research group, said in a statement.

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Spartans thrash Roughriders, 57-14, to remain unbeaten

September 25, 2012

Elliott Welnak (74), Skyline High School junior defensive lineman, is cheered by teammates as he runs his fumble recovery back for a touchdown Sept. 21 against Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium. By Jim Nicholson

Skyline High School opened its league campaign on the road as it bludgeoned the Roosevelt Roughriders, 57-14, in KingCo 4A gridiron action at Memorial Stadium Sept. 21, to move its overall record to 4-0.

Spartans quarterback Max Browne spearheaded the lopsided Skyline conquest as he threw for well over 300 yards and a trio of touchdown strikes to seal the Roughriders’ fate.

The outcome of the contest was never in doubt as Skyline’s offensive machine sprinted out to a 43-7 halftime advantage, bolstered not only via the stalwart passing arm of Browne but also a reliable ground attack.

Cedric Cooper and Jack Valencia culminated long drives in the evening as they scampered and plunged in from 13 yards and 1 yard out, respectively, for a pair of touchdowns on the ground.

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Skyline Spartans demolish Coeur d’Alene Vikings, 71-20

September 18, 2012

With Washington State University head coach Mike Leach looking on to scout University of Southern California-bound Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, Skyline defeated Coeur d’Alene, 71-20, on Sept. 15.

Browne went 24 for 31 passing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone. He ended up with 446 yards passing when the night was over.

Six receivers were graced with Browne’s passes, including baseball standout Matt Sinatro, who had three touchdown catches and 126 receiving yards.

Skyline returns home from its two-week world tour and opens conference play on the road at Roosevelt Sept. 21.

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Skyline Spartans put on a show in 57-25 blowout win

September 11, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Even when they didn’t need to be great, the Skyline High School Spartans looked the part.

Late in the third quarter, the game well in hand, quarterback Max Browne lofted a fourth-down pass that found the waiting hands of Matt Sinatro for a 41-yard touchdown.

The Spartans cut through the defense of host Cottonwood and rolled up 543 yards in a 57-25 blowout Sept. 7 in a game televised nationally by ESPNU.

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No. 1 Skyline Spartans defeat No. 5 Bothell Cougars, 33-21

September 4, 2012

Nic Sblendorio, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, makes it onto three highlight reels as he eludes Bothell’s Sam McPherson on his 60-yard punt return touchdown during the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

In the moments with the game on the line, when a play here or there could have been decisive, the Skyline High School team kept its cool like a team that had been there before.

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Issaquah School District football preview ’12

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School roster

Liberty High School roster

Skyline High School roster

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Max Browne named to preseason ALL-USA team

August 28, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne has been named to the USA Today Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team.

Browne passed for 4,034 yards with 45 touchdowns in 2011 and is on pace to break Jake Heaps’ all-time passing record of 9,196 yards at Skyline. Browne currently stands at 8,428 career passing yards.

Browne committed to the University of Southern California in the spring and is the favorite to succeed current USC quarterback Matt Barkley in 2013.

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne passes on Dawgs for USC

April 10, 2012

Nation’s top prep passer dreamed of throwing for the Trojans

Not long after Max Browne’s plane touched down in Los Angeles, the Skyline High School quarterback was sitting down to lunch at Lemonade, a USC hot spot, with Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley.

Browne, the nation’s top-rated prep passer according to both and, admitted he was “kind of nervous,” but the latest in a long line of USC All-American quarterbacks quickly put him at ease.

“Matt Barkley is a guy you see on ESPN very consistently,” said Browne, who ordered a chicken sandwich Barkley recommended. “That’s one of the biggest things you find with the guys at USC — they’re just real guys. I sat down for an hourlong lunch with Matt Barkley and it was an easy conversation.”

After three days in Southern California, Browne decided he was ready to tell friends and teammates he would play football for the Trojans. He made the announcement the night of April 4 at Skyline.

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Skyline to host powerhouse football team from Florida

March 13, 2012

When Skyline High School got an opportunity to bring a nationally prominent football program to Sammamish next season, coach Mat Taylor didn’t hesitate.

The Spartans, defending Class 4A state champions, will play Manatee, of Bradenton, Fla., on Sept. 15 at Skyline. Game time has not been determined.

“We jumped on it and we’re really excited, not only for the motivation in the off-season for our kids, but just our community and, hopefully, showcasing Washington football and being able to represent our league and our state and our school,” Taylor said.

Skyline opens the season against Bothell, and then will travel out of state in Week 2 for another showcase game. The school is still working on that matchup.

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