No. 2 Skyline handles No. 4 Issaquah, 35-6
Skyline turned to other weapons when Issaquah tried to blanket receiver Kasen Williams, and dominated the Eagles in a KingCo 4A game.
Seattle Times staff reporter
SAMMAMISH — Skyline took a specific offensive game plan into Friday's matchup with Issaquah.
The Spartans expected their KingCo 4A Crest Division rival to play its safeties wide, to slow down receiver Kasen Williams.
Skyline coach Mat Taylor thought he could find openings over the middle with crossing routes, picking the receiver running away from Eagles linebacker Nik Landdeck.
Sophomore quarterback Max Browne did as instructed, giving the Spartans an early lead the defense protected during a 35-6 victory over fourth-ranked Issaquah.
"It was very obvious they were going to try and take away Kasen at all costs, and I think the biggest thing was attacking the interior with our tight ends and slots, and they did a fantastic job," Taylor said.
After forcing the Eagles into the first of three straight three-and-outs to open the game, Skyline (3-1, 1-0) marched right down the field. Browne found Teran Togia over the middle for completions of 24 and 13 yards, the second going for the first score of the game.
"We were able to do some crossing routes, confuse their backers a little bit, and there were some holes in the middle," said Browne, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for two scores. "Teran Togia found the holes. He's a great receiver and he made my life easy."
Browne then scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give the second-ranked Spartans a 14-0 lead at halftime. Issaquah (3-1, 0-1) was held to just 42 yards and one first down over the first two quarters.
"We have to find a belief when we play them," Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said, when asked about his team's struggles against Skyline in recent years. "We get out here and we get kids that are wide-eyed. We get kids that make mistakes that they don't normally make, and it's on us as coaches to get them ready to play better than they are."
Things didn't get any easier in the second half when the Eagles found out starting quarterback Ethan Kalin couldn't continue due to a concussion.
An Issaquah turnover midway through the third quarter set up Browne's 17-yard touchdown throw to Connor Cree, keeping the Eagles from working back into the game.
"This is a whole new team and we're finally starting to learn how to play together," Cree said. "We're starting to build that chemistry like we had last year."
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