Ferris Outguns Skyview 46-41 At Joe Albi To Advance To Titel Game

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 28, 2009

A magical run for the Skyview Storm has come to an end.

The Strom put up 41 points on the road in Spokane, but that was not enough as WSU bound Connor Halliday threw 3 TD passes to lead the Ferris Saxons to a 46-41 win in the WIAA 4A Semifinals.

FB Johnny Barrett tied the game at 7 with his 1 yard run, and Ellis Henderson took a short pass from Dodge later in the second and took it 59 yards for the electric TD and tied the game at 14-14 with 3:12 in the half.

After the the wheels fell off for Skyview, a quick Ferris drive made it 20-14, then Skyview there an interception that was ran back 36 yards as time expired, and the Storm found themselves down 27-14 at the half.

Skyview was not about to quit however.

Henderson took another pass from Dodge and scooted down the sidelines for the score, this time from 41 yards out to cut the lead to 27-21.

After another Ferris score, Matt Spears capped off an 11 play 90 yard Storm drive with a 1 yard run keeping up score for score with the Saxons 5 seconds into the 4th quarter as the score was 33-28 Ferris.

Then, it got exciting.

Ferris scored on a 1 play 49 yard run to jump back up 39-28. Skyview went 45 yards in 5 plays when Dodge hit Karl Graves from 5 yards out to make it 39-34.

After each team exchanged punts, Ferris drove 64 yards in only 4 plays, as Halliday hit Jordan Tonani from on a 24 yard catch and run, to put the Saxons up 46-34 with only 4:04 remaining in the game.

Skyview was able to score, but it took them 17 plays and 4:02 as Dodge hit Spears from 5 yards out.

However with only 2 seconds left in the game, there was little room for error as they attempted an onside kick down 46-41.

The kick was recovered by the Saxons as time expired.

The game was very exciting to watch. Hats off to Skyview on a very impressive season.

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11/28/09 FINAL
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First quarter
F – Jason Bates 10 pass from Connor Haliday (Alex Belling)
Second quarter
S – Johnny Barrett 1 run (Nick Phillips kick)
F – Gage Orosco 2 run (Belling kick)
S – Elliis Henderson 59 pass from Austin Dodge (Phillips kick)
F – Bates 24 pass from Halliday (kick blocked)
F – Grant Livingston 36 int return (Belling kick)
Third quarter
S – Henderson 41 pass from Dodge (Phillips kick)
F – Bates 15 pass from Halliday (kick blocked)
Forth quarter
S – Matt Spears 1 run (Phillips kick)
F – Orosco 49 run (pass failed)
S – Karl Graves 5 pass Dodge (run failed)
F – Jordan Tonani 9 pass from Halliday (Belling kick)
S – Spears 5 pass from Dodge (Phillips kick)
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39 Responses to “Ferris Outguns Skyview 46-41 At Joe Albi To Advance To Titel Game”

  1. Storm Fan on November 28th, 2009 5:09 pm

    Great season Storm. We are all very proud of you guys!!! And hats off to all the Fans who made the drive to Spokane

  2. Storm 3 on November 28th, 2009 5:27 pm

    Great season Storm. Thanks for a great year!!!

  3. meanmachine on November 28th, 2009 5:29 pm

    disappointing. i wish there was a miracle play with one second left that would have sent them with all the momentum into the championship game… oh well.
    props to ferris though.

  4. k on November 28th, 2009 5:38 pm

    Great game storm..we’re very proud of your season..your brought us so many thrills..so many outstanding games…you guys had a stellar run!!!!

  5. Wing-T on November 28th, 2009 5:56 pm

    Why are you dissing Liberty, all of use up here in Bellevue are glad they made it. This way we can kick the crap out of them again.

  6. meanmachine on November 28th, 2009 6:56 pm

    wing-t, ummm you must be looking for a different thread? this is 4A with Skyview and Ferris…

  7. Wing-T on November 28th, 2009 7:20 pm

    What else would you be talking about when referring to a “miracle play” with one second left?

  8. Bryan Levesque on November 28th, 2009 8:00 pm

    Skyview scored with 0:02 in the game and needed to recover the onside kick and then run a play. Not enough time. Liberty kick was very cool.

  9. DCGardner on November 28th, 2009 9:13 pm

    Welp, that’s the end of the show ladies and gentlemen, its basketball season.

    Both Union and Skyview were KILLED by mistakes. I have no doubt in my mind that if both teams made just half of the mistakes they made then we would be talking about championship games right now.

    I guess for now it’s reload and wait for next year to roll around. Not to sure we will get as far next year though, I have SERIOUS doubts about that.

  10. Camas Fan on November 28th, 2009 9:27 pm

    Anyone got a Skyline/Bothell score?

  11. Bryan Levesque on November 28th, 2009 9:39 pm


    @masonkelley Sean Penberthy hits a 32-yard field goal. Skyline 31, Bothell 26 with 4:56 left in the game #wafbscores

  12. Bryan Levesque on November 28th, 2009 9:53 pm

    TNTPreps Skyline 31, Bothell 26. Final. #wafbscores

  13. SHS fan from EWU on November 28th, 2009 10:18 pm

    Way to play a fantastic game Skyview, every Skyview fan left that stadium dissapointed yet I’m sure incredibly proud as well. It was absolutely thrilling to watch and both teams were fantastic and 46-41 shows it. Heck of a game to Austin and Henderson with their injuries and hard hits (esp the late tackle on Dodge, totally uncalled for).

    Go Storm, See yall next year.

    Bring on Storm Girls Basketball!

  14. Innocent Bystander on November 28th, 2009 11:50 pm

    Ferris is going to get killed by Skyline. I’ll wager they lose by 30+
    Their home refs won’t be there to save them.

    It’s always a shame when a season ends in a game like THAT.

    GO STORM!!!

  15. JoJo on November 29th, 2009 11:42 am

    Innocent Bystander, the refs are from all over the state in the semi’s so quit making excuses.

  16. FerrisFanatic on November 29th, 2009 12:24 pm

    Oh home refs? the natural excuse after a playoff loss, you aren’t the first to use it so don’t be to embarrassed. Shame you cant just accept defeat and recognize a better team when you see one.
    So please, any “home ref” advantage calls that you may have seen, DO point them out to me, for i fail to remember even ONE.
    Sure, blame the refs, and not the ridiculous play call at the end of half that led to a Ferris TD. That must have been the refs fault. Or it must have the refs fault that Jason Bates, Connor Halliday, Gage Orosco – could not be contained. So maybe you are right.
    I’ll be sure to check back after Ferris wins the title next week.

  17. NoCal Homer on November 29th, 2009 1:43 pm

    GREAT SEASON for SW Washington HS Football!
    It truly proves, in my eyes anyway, that the primary difference between teams “up north” vs. remainder of the state is a mere seperation of talent base by population.

    There’s a stronger presence of quality players and teams due to the concentration of people in the entire Puget Sound area. Union and Skyview both had great years and it will be so much fun to watch them trade of GSHL 4A titles over the next 10-20 years!

    Theres a running formula for success in the playoffs at any level. Win the Turnover and Special Teams battle and you stand the best possible chance of winning big games. Skyview and Union both were victim of this.

    Make NO mistake people…the best returning player in the GSHL is Skyview Jr WR/DB/KR Ellis Henderson…in fact I believe he’s the best player in the league right now regardless of graduation date!

    If i was the offensive coordinator at Skyview i would spend my off season finding and creating ways to get him the ball from every position on the field within my offensive scheme.

    That should be pretty easy to do in the Skyview spread offense!

  18. DCGardner on November 29th, 2009 2:02 pm

    Yup, now the boys need to hit the gym and start training up. There are a lot of big shoes to fill and no one wants to be the team that starts a down trend.

  19. Football spectator on November 29th, 2009 2:44 pm

    Don’t forgot henderson is also holder. Haha.

  20. Football spectator on November 29th, 2009 2:44 pm

    Don’t forgot henderson is also holder. Haha.

  21. CamasAlum1981 on November 29th, 2009 7:02 pm

    You obviously were at the game. Ferris played a great game and attacked the Skyview weakness. You should be very proud and rightfully so. Skyview shot themselves in the foot and neither teams defense could honestly stop the others offense in the 2nd half. That being said, I am tired of watching half ass officials in varsity football games. I am NOT saying this was worse than anyother game, I’m just tired of phantom calls. How does an interior lineman block in the back in the free blocking zone? Horrible officials all over the state. And by the way, the ref, back judge and side judge are from the Spokane area. As far as I’m concerned the whole crew was horrible. It is rare in a HS game for the penalty per team ratio to be so lopsided.
    Ferris won, but no one could question certain calls at particular times in the game from the home side officials. Happens everywhere, and it’s time for it to stop. WIAA, it’s your job to ensure these guys are capable. Quit the political BS!

  22. YO' on November 29th, 2009 7:03 pm

    Tremendous season and congrats to the entire Skyview Football Family!
    The tradition that has been established wihtin this program since Coach Kizer took over has been incredible.

    Senior leadership is a huge part of HS football and Skyview will be looking to the remaining core returners to teach their younger teammates the Storm way…

    Kody Watts should fill in well for Dodge at QB and will have the strength of the receiving corps returning in Graves and Henderson but they will need to replace Zarozinski on both sides of the ball (no easy task),

    Looking at their JV and Freshman teams, they have the personnel (Avery Marshall, Mo Morrison, David Garlington and Henderson’s younger brother Reiley) should produce the level of talent to make another run at the GSHL 4A title again while providing a level of depth that hasn’t been seen in this program in recent years.

    There are young talented linebackers in waiting to take the place of Osborne, Shields, Rector & Barrett; along with capable young DB’s and athletes that can do the job! Competition for these 3 or 4 spots will be fierce but the experience level of the returning players in the LB corps may be an issue.

    Parker Henry returns to be the premiere back and will be well supported by a healthy Kevin Boyd (you think henderson is fast???) current freshman Ian Hamilton, who will probably see significant time on defense as well.

    Regardless, the Storm football coaching staff can develop the talent they will need to defend their league championships and potentially make a strong run in the WIAA playoffs (again).

    The lineman corps will be anchored by the return of Cody Fields, Albert Chon, Nolan Stizel, Nick Orsi & Tom Zink. There’s a sizable group of lineman at Skyview that played on the Freshman level who will provide increased depth in support of the returners.

    Enjoy the holidays and be ready to get back to work come january…Spring Drills and June camp is closer than you can imagine!

    Thank You, Coaches & Senior Storm players & parents for all you have done within this program and the incredible leadership you provided!

  23. k on November 29th, 2009 7:07 pm

    You know, that’s the way these playoff games go…a few more minutes or a few less mistakes and the “other” team wins…that seems to be the way it is…but when you get to the “final four”, you can be so proud of what you have accomplished…I am so proud of our storm team..they are a great bunch of guys…and lets all remember…they are at the most 18 yrs old and most are 16 or 17..they seem older in football gear…but look how they progress through the season the way skyview did..what a great season for our storm…I, for one are so proud of them!!!!! Looking forward to next year and some more great football!! It has been so much fun watching our team and also seeing the great parental support!! GO STORM!!!!!!!!!

  24. It's ME on November 29th, 2009 7:19 pm

    CamasAlum is correct!

    The margin in the ration of penalties was way off.
    HOWEVER the crucial point of the game was in fact that play call after the blocked PAT at the end of the first half.

    if you are not going to take a BIG shot downfield…why even point your gun!
    Take a knee make your halftime adjustments and come back out with both barrels as Skyview received the 2nd half kick?!?!

    Given the fact that Skyview outgained Ferris in total offense and that neither defense could stop the others strength is a telling sign of that as well.
    Ferris will get smoked like a Boars Head Christmas Ham next weekend in Tacoma (Skyview would be in big trouble, too!).

    Ferris couldn’t stop Dodge, Spears & Henderson. how are they going to stop the Skyline trio of receivers and the best QB in the nation!!!

    I personallty know CamasAlum’81 he’s a former football offical himself who work high level playoff games before being sidelined by a cronic ailment that prevents his participation and has been asked to evaluate other officals state wide!

  25. k on November 29th, 2009 7:31 pm

    YO..totally agree with you…these “kids” have a way of developing into great players … and will step up their games next year…it will be another “fun” season for skyview!!!!

  26. YO on November 29th, 2009 7:46 pm

    NoCal -

    I couldn’t agree more…imagine a bigger, stronger & (dare I say) “faster” Ellis Henderson coming back for this Senior season??? Nightmares for everyone on the schedule, because you know Graves will be the same because, along with Kody Watts, they all train together over the summer!

    Try putting a stop watch to his last 40 yds on any of his long runs(high 4.2s & low 4.3s…plain sick!) it made my jaw hit the floor! His game speed is only rivaled by GSHL sprint champion Kevin Boyd who will be coming off of a knee ligament tear.

    Never forget that in game speed and sprinter speed dont always match-up. Many a player is faster on the field then they are on the track.

    The kid should be an “All-Region” pick THIS year…the yards after catch are incredible! BTW my understanding is that Henderson is also a potential draftable baseball player due to that same speed and his specific set of tools!

  27. Stormfan on November 29th, 2009 8:43 pm

    I would like to say thank you to all the Storm players and coaches for an exciting and unforgettable past 4 years that nearly culminated in the pinnacle of high school sports. The team fought hard with powerhouse football teams winning many more than they lost. I like the fact that this region, with help and support of the local youth football community, has made itself known as an area with top notch football programs.

    I am a Storm parent, fan and supporter. The people behind the scenes that help these players and coaches did a wonderful job. I especially would like to send extra thanks to Dave Scott for the photographs and GSHLFOOTBALL for videos that I race to my computer to view early the next morning.

    The semifinal game was gut-wrenching. Plays and calls were and were not made . But the team made a rally that was great to watch. Thank you again Storm Players and Coaches for a great season.

  28. givemeabreak on November 29th, 2009 9:08 pm

    It used to be that public praise in athletics would be made by reporters with objective persperctives. But now, parents can act as their own “reporters” and give unending praise to their kids and their kids’ friends, no matter if the praise is deserved or not. It is the ultimate in spoiling your kids. Your kid doesn’t win the game, so you publicly praise him and his teammates to help make up for the loss. And then you praise the kids that are playing JV this year, the coach, everyone connected with the program, etc., and throw in a criticism or two about the officiating, so that your kid and his friends feel better about the loss. Why don’t you go the “old fashioned” way and let your kid deal with the loss on his own.

  29. ha! on November 29th, 2009 10:35 pm

    nice run storm! it sucks that you guys couldn’t make it into the finals but it’s really cool that you guys made it to the semis this year. Best of luck to your team next year!

  30. hellatrickplays on November 30th, 2009 10:00 am

    kelso vs skyview for next years league championship!!! Go hilanders

  31. it's ME on November 30th, 2009 4:19 pm

    STORM FANS (memo):

    Stay classy no matter what you see, read or hear about our team! Beware of others that attempt to “bait” you into discussions and comparisions.

    let the actions on the field speak…as it communicates true pride in what these young men, coaches, parents and teachers strive for as a learning institution.

    You have done this very well thus far, however, I wanted to take the time to remind everyone in the STORM football family that class is never overrated and in the words of one of our most competent coaches “tradition” never graduates!!!

    There’s already a “storm warning” for the fall of 2010…get ready!

  32. SHS fan from EWU on November 30th, 2009 6:53 pm

    Haha lol, don’t lose faith “hellatrickplays,” but its gonna be Union and Skyview for the league championship next year and I am looking forward to it!

    Go Storm!

  33. SHS Fan 123 on November 30th, 2009 7:12 pm

    I dont think I have seen so much heart in one football game since 06. It was a heck of a game and it was worth the trip to Spokane. It was a good game that left me on the edge of my seat. It was the best game I have seen in years and Skyview had an amazing season that they should be very proud of. We just ran out of time.

    On a side note as far as officiating. There were a couple poor calls, but it was more about the non calls than the actual penatlies called. I saw several things that were confusing me as to how they couldnt be called such as obvious holds, Saxons being offsides with no calls, and 2 facemasks in 3 plays that were not called. Im not blaming the officials. Like I said it was a great game. Good luck to the Saxons who will have to go on the road and face the powerhouse Skyline.

  34. kick-the-field-goal on December 1st, 2009 10:02 am

    SHS Fan- Kelso will be 3a next year, where they belonged this year and union deserved to be in there spot in the 4a league… Kelso will be very tough next year, the power run game is something that none of the schools that kelso played from the 3a could stop. With great talent coming back at running back they will be successful. The defence will be solid as usual. I look forward to next year

  35. hellatrickplays on December 1st, 2009 10:12 am

    Skyview…..ehh not gonna be so hot next year. Lose the entire senior class and all you got left is Henderson. Same goes for Union. Interesting to see what happens to these teams and who is going to step up.

  36. hellatrickplayss on December 1st, 2009 10:13 am

    Skyview…..ehh not gonna be so hot next year. Lose the entire senior class and all you got left is Henderson. Same goes for Union. Interesting to see what happens to these teams and who is going to step up.

  37. it's ME on December 1st, 2009 12:47 pm

    HELLA – i dont see anyone opting up to be in the 4A league with Skyview & Union…I love your spirit but there’s alot more in the pantry then you think at Skyview! I hope your administration has the strengthto take the leap of faith!

    Stay Healthy and Work Hard

  38. MM Fan on December 4th, 2009 9:52 am

    Mark Morris would opt up to 4a if we could… None of you could stop the Monarchs on the football field, couldnt stop the run game. And dont even get me started on basketball, 4a cant compete with Mark Morris

  39. haha on December 7th, 2009 9:44 pm

    That’s a funny joke MM Fan. Theres no way

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