Originally published December 1, 2011 at 7:53 PM | Page modified December 1, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Football championship game scouting reports

A capsule look at this weekend's state-championship game matchups.

Staff picks

Staff reporters Mason Kelley and Sandy Ringer predict the outcomes of the championship games.

Mason Kelley

4A: Skyview 35, Skyline 31

3A: Bellevue 28, O'Dea 17

2A: Archbishop Murphy 35, Lynden 28

1A: Connell 28, Cascade Christian 21

2B: Waitsburg-Prescott 42, Morton/White Pass 24

1B: Neah Bay 56, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 35

Sandy Ringer

4A: Skyline 31, Skyview 28

3A: Bellevue 21, O'Dea 14

2A: Lynden 32, Archbishop Murphy 28

1A: Cascade Christian 28, Connell 27

2B: Waitsburg-Prescott 40, Morton/White Pass 28

1B: Almira/Coulee-Hartline 52, Neah Bay 48

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Skyview Storm

Coach: Steve Kizer, eighth year, 59-31.

Season snapshot: 11-2 overall, 4-0 Greater St. Helens League. After starting season No. 5 in state, Skyview lost first two games to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Sherwood, Ore., but hasn't lost since, knocking out top-ranked Bellarmine Prep along the way.

Scouting report

Skyview has it all: size, speed and plenty of talent. Storm proved capable of moving the ball on both ground and air against Lake Stevens in semifinals and boasts a ton of size on both sides of ball.

Two to watch

• QB Kieran McDonagh (6-2, 235, Sr.) orchestrates the Storm's offense. He has completed 163 of 240 passes for 2,622 yards and 24 TDs with four interceptions.

• RB Parker Henry (6-0, 205, Sr.) is a big back who doesn't go down easily. Has 2,161 yards, 31 TDs on 241 carries.

Quick kick

"All we have is last weekend. We've been there once and they've been there five years in a row. That's got to be a huge advantage for them."

— Kizer on Skyline

Skyline Spartans

Coach: Mat Taylor, fourth year, 48-7.

Season snapshot: 10-3 overall, 3-1 KingCo 4A Crest. After three regular-season defeats, Skyline flew under the radar in the postseason before reaching its fifth straight title game.

Scouting report

Skyline's offense is almost as tough to plan for as Bellevue's. Spartans spread the ball around in the passing game and the defense, led by linebacker Peyton Pelluer, has developed throughout the season.

Two to watch

• QB Max Browne (6-5, 210, Jr.) is putting up gaudy numbers again, completing 273 of 383 passes for 3,813 yards and 43 TDs with five interceptions.

• LB Peyton Pelluer (6-2, 220, Jr.) is all over the field. Has 141 tackles through 13 games.

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"They're just an extremely talented team that has good size, a running back that is as good as there is in the state and a quarterback that is playing lights out right now, who also runs it well. It's going to be a tremendous challenge. Defensively, they're big up front and they fly around."

— Taylor, on Skyview


O'Dea Irish

Coach: Monte Kohler, 27th year, 263-41.

Season snapshot: 13-0 overall, 4-0 Metro Mountain. O'Dea has been ranked No. 3 from start to finish by winning close games — seven by 14 points or less. Beat Capital in triple OT in quarterfinals.

Scouting report

O'Dea likes to keep the ball on the ground. Jomari Brooks, Jayshawn Jordan and Tatum Taylor run behind a huge O-line. But sophomore QB Pierre Le Dorze throws when needed. The defense has dominated.

Two to watch

• RB/DB Jayshawn Jordan (5-10, 180, Sr.) is a big-time cover corner with D-I college potential. Also has 887 rushing yards, eight TDs.

• OL Sam Flor (6-4, 285, Sr.), a WSU recruit, is a big reason Irish have three RBs with more than 800 rushing yards apiece.

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"Eight of 10 kind of speaks for itself. They're a great program, extremely well coached. They do what they do and they do it so well. It's fun to watch. They've set a standard for other people."

— Kohler on Bellevue

Bellevue Wolverines

Coach: Butch Goncharoff, 12th year, 143-12.

Season snapshot: 13-0 overall, 7-0 KingCo 3A. Bellevue opened with a 31-12 win over California power Oaks Christian and hasn't slowed since. Beat No. 2 Lakes 35-14 in quarterfinals.

Scouting report

When people talk about Bellevue, the wing-T always comes up. But this isn't quite the same offense made famous by Tubby Raymond at Delaware. Wolverines will spread it out, mix it up and make life difficult for O'Dea's defense. On defense, Bellevue is as talented as any team in the state.

Two to watch

• QB/DB Tyler Hasty (5-11, 185, Sr.) gets it done on the ground and through the air at QB, in addition to being a dominant defensive back.

• RB/DB Bishard Baker (5-10, 170, So.) is one of the most exciting players in the state. Talented two-way player has potential to grow into state's top DB prospect.

Quick kick

"The same as always. They like to run the football. They'll do some play-action passing. They throw it with their young quarterback. They have a big offensive line. They don't make mistakes and they're damn good on defense. They're well coached. They always have been."

— Goncharoff on O'Dea


Lynden Lions

Coach: Curt Kramme, 20th year, 191-51.

Season snapshot: 13-0 overall, 7-0 Northwest Conference. Seeking fourth title in six years (won 2A in 2009, '08 and '06 and 1A in 1991 and 1980).

Scouting report

Lions start eight juniors on offense and six on defense, but play like veterans. RB Kyle Hanson has 962 yards, 10 TDs.

Two to watch

• QB/DB Josh Kraght (5-10, 175, Jr.) has completed 131 of 192 passes for 2,103 yards and 25 TDs with only 5 interceptions.

• WR/DB Zach Vis (6-3, 180, Jr.) is primary target with 72 catches for 1,164 yards, 13 TDs.

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"They've been extremely impressive in their playoff run. That loss to Lakewood was good for them. It got their attention."

— Kramme on Archbishop Murphy

Archbishop Murphy Wildcats

Coach: Dave Ward, fourth year, 48-4.

Season snapshot: 12-1 overall, 6-1 Cascade Conference. Wildcats, who lost last year's title game to Tumwater, won eight in a row since a 26-22 conference defeat against Lakewood. Archbishop Murphy has outscored three playoff opponents 125-20.

Scouting report

Run-first offense has many options, led by RB Alex Galgano. Wildcats use two QBs, Hans VanderWel and Conor Kruse. Defense has allowed just 20 points in past three games.

Two to watch

• RB/DB Alex Galgano (5-9, 185, Jr.) has carried 124 times for 1,109 yards, 13 TDs in 11 games.

• QB/DB Hans VanderWel (6-0, 200, Jr.) keyed eight-game win streak with 598 yards rushing (8 TDs) and 445 yards passing (7 TDs, no interceptions).

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"We're playing well and hitting the high point. We're peaking at the right time."

— Ward on his Wildcats


Cascade Christian Cougars

Coach: Randy Davis, eighth year, 84-16.

Season snapshot: 10-2, 6-1 Nisqually League. Cougars are in final for fourth straight year despite returning just four starters. They won it all last year after two second-place finishes. They're 6-0 since 20-14 loss to Cedar Park Christian, but needed a two-point conversion in triple OT to beat Montesano in semis.

Scouting report

Freshman Jaelin Goldsmith took over at QB midway through second game and is playing fearlessly. He has seasoned receivers in Jeff Archer and Joshua Shreffler, and a balanced rushing attack led by Alex Milton (813 yards, 9 TDs).

Two to watch

• QB Jaelin Goldsmith (5-9, 175, Fr.) has completed 93 of 154 passes for 1,715 yards, 26 TDs with just four interceptions.

• WR/DB Jake Archer (6-2, 190, Sr.) has 37 catches for 617 yards, 12 TDs.

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"They've got Matt Hadley. I don't think anybody stops him. We have to try to contain him or slow him down."

— Davis on Connell

Connell Eagles

Coach: Wayne Riner, 11th year, 121-26.

Season snapshot: 12-1 overall, 6-0 SCAC East. A 47-14 loss to top-ranked Cashmere in Week 3 got Eagles' attention and they avenged that one in the quarterfinals, 20-9. They are in title game for fourth time in five years (winning in 2009 over Cascade Christian; losing to Cougars last year).

Scouting report

Eagles are big up front and can hurt teams with run or pass. BYU commit Matt Hadley is a big-time player.

Two to watch

• RB/DB Matt Hadley (5-11, 205, Sr.) has 2,160 rushing yards, 31 TDs. His career 6,713 yards is second in 11-man state history behind Jonathan Stewart (7,755 for Timberline, 2001-04). Hadley is the 11-man state career scoring leader with 728 points.

• QB/LB Chandler Salisbury (5-9, 175, Sr.) has completed 117 of 192 passes for 2,509 yards, 19 TDs with 6 interceptions.

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"Talk about two programs who know how to win."

— Riner, on matchup of Eagles and Cougars


Morton/White Pass Timberwolves

Coach: Aaron Poquette, first year.

Season snapshot: 11-1 overall, 6-1 Central 2B. Avenged only loss with 27-21 OT victory over Napavine in semis. Shut out eight of nine regular-season opponents. Schools are in third year of combo program.

Scouting report

Poquette, an assistant the past two years, has a young squad led by a pair of sophomores, QB Rylon Kolb and RB Brian Reynolds. Timberwolves have an excellent kicker in Daniel Park.

Two to watch

• QB Rylon Kolb (5-10, 150, So.) has thrown for 10 TDs and rushed for seven.

• RB/LB Brian Reynolds (5-7, 175, So.) scored all four TDs in semifinal victory (one on a reception) and has 1,076 yards and 16 rushing TDs.

Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals

Coach: Jeff Bartlow, 13th year, 85-46.

Season snapshot: 13-0 overall, 5-0 Southwest 2B. This is fifth year schools have combined for a football program. Lost in semis last year. Prescott won 1B title in 1975 and was second in '76 and 2001.

Scouting report

Cardinals operate out of shotgun 90 percent of time. QB Zach Bartlow, coach's son, is third-year starter who spreads ball around. Four receivers have 300+ yards.

Two to watch

• QB/DB Zach Bartlow (6-1, 175, Sr.) is a run/pass threat. Has rushed for 1,318 yards and 22 TDs, completed 158 of 267 passes for 2,126 yards, 31 TDs with six interceptions.

• RB/LB Billy Brown (5-10, 175, Jr.) has 1,279 yards on 140 carries and 10 TDs, plus three TD receptions.

CLASS 1B (eight-man)

Neah Bay Red Devils

Coach: Tony McCaulley, fourth year, 40-10.

Season snapshot: 11-2 overall, 6-1 Northwest League. After two regular-season losses to nemesis Lummi (last year's champ and the team that beat them in the semis the past two years), Red Devils got revenge with 58-40 quarterfinal victory, then blasted Odessa 74-34 in semis.

Scouting report

All but two starters return from last year's team. Red Devils like to control the ball and generally keep it on the ground.

Two to watch

• QB/DE Josiah Greene (6-0, 176, So.) rushed for 255 yards, four TDs in semis, bringing his season totals to 1,407 and 25. Also has completed 60 of 108 passes for 1,097 yards and 18 TDs with 5 interceptions.

• RB/DB Titus Pascua (5-9, 158, Sr.) has 984 rushing yards with 16 TDs, 264 receiving yards with four TDs, plus three TDs on kickoff returns and two on punt returns.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors

Coach: Brandon Walsh, 13th year, 63-10 record in seven years as 1B team.

Season snapshot: 13-0 overall, 3-0 Northeast Bi-County League. Scored 40 or more points in every game.

Scouting report

Warriors run option well, thanks to senior QB Derek Isaak, a third-year starter.

Two to watch

• QB Derek Isaak (6-2, 175, Sr.) has rushed for 1,579 yards and 28 TDs and thrown for 1,010 yards with 19 TDs and no interceptions. He's among team leaders in tackles with 66.5 and has a team-high five picks.

• RB/LB Colin Deyarmin (5-10, 185, Jr.) can run it (1,527 yards, 23 TDs) and catch it (10 for 229, five TDs)

Scouting reports by Mason Kelley and Sandy Ringer

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