Game Recap – Skyline 38 Skyview 7

Written by Bryan Levesque on December 4, 2011

Skyview Senior DB Mo Morrison pickes off this pass from Skyline QB Max Brown in the 3rd quarter of the WIAA 4A Finals at the Tacoma Dome. Skyview lost to the Spartans 38-7. Photo by Dave Scott

Skyview Senior DB Mo Morrison pickes off this pass from Skyline QB Max Brown in the 3rd quarter of the WIAA 4A Finals at the Tacoma Dome. Skyview lost to the Spartans 38-7. Photo by Dave Scott

After outscoring their post season opponents 161-55 and rattling off 11 straight victories and a trip to the WIAA 4A Finals, the Skyview Storm came up short in their bid for a state title, falling 38-7 to the Skyline Spartans.

Skyline opened the game game by driving 68 yards in only a few plays, but despite entering the Storm 5, Skyline was held to an opening field goal for the games only points of the first quarter.

The Spartan’s Junior QB Max Browne threw for 91 yards in the opening quarter. Skyview’s pass rush was unable to interrupt the Spartans quick passing attack, as Browne took under 3 seconds on most pass plays to deliver his accurate passes.

In the second quarter it was more Browne and the Spartans offense. Skyline RB Damien Greene scored the games first touchdown on a run from 25 yards out to give the Spartans a 10-0 lead. Later, Brown threw a beautiful 35 yard pass to Mason Gregory to put Skyline up 17-0. Skyview appeared to get the break they needed midway through the second quarter when Storm Safety Mo Morrison’s perfectly timed hit on a Spartan receiver resulted in an interception by Hayden Schuh. Skyview picked up a first down, then gained 7 yards on the following first down setting up a 2nd and 3 near the Spartans 30. However Skyview was unable to convert and turned the ball over on downs with 2:22 left in the half. Skyview defensive linemen Riley Bockmier and Willie Lopes each sacked Browne on the next Skyline possession forcing a punt, but Skyview was unable to score before going into the locker room down 17-0.

After trading punts to open the second half, Skyview went on it’s only scoring drive of the game. Starting at their own 46, Skyview QB Kieran McDonagh connected with Spencer Miles for a first down, then followed that up with a 32 yard touchdown pass to a diving Reiley Henderson. Henderson would finish the game with 8 catches for 75 yards and the one touchdown. McDonagah would go 18 of 30 for 150 yards and had the one touchdown to go along with 3 interceptions.

Mo Morrison picked off Browne later in the 3rd quarter, and Skyview again appeared to have some momentum. The Storm picked up 3 first downs and crossed into the Skyline side of the 50, however after taking a sack to set up a 3rd and 20+, McDonagh was picked off by Greene at the Skyline 26 ending what looked like a promising drive late in the 3rd quarter.

Entering the 4th quarter still down just 17-7 Skyview was not out of it, however midway through the final quarter, Spartans RB Jack Velencia (not related to The Columbian’s Paul Velencia) ran in an 11 yard touchdown to extend the Skyline lead back to 17 points at 24-7. Later, with under 3 minutes left in the game, facing a 4th and 9, Browne threw a 33 yard touchdown pass to Trevor Barney to put the Spartans up 31-7. Skyview gave it one last go to put a few more points on the board, however McDonagh was picked off by Valencia who returned it 73 yards for a touchdown making the final score 38-7.

Skyview RB Parker Henry finished the game with just 31 yards rushing on 14 carries. The states leading 4A rusher finished the season with 2192 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns. Henry had played the final 7 games of the season with a leg injury suffered on a late hit he received after scoring a touchdown in Skyview’s 61-9 win at Evergreen in mid October.

Skyline QB Max Brown threw for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. Brown led the 4A in passing this season with 4034 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Skyview finishes the season at 11-3 and second in the state among 4A schools.

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first quarter
SKYLINE – Sean McDonald 24 field goal

second quarter
SKYLINE – Damien Greene 25 run (McDonald kick)
SKYLINE – Mason Gregory 35 pass from Max Browne (McDonald kick)
third quarter
SKYVIEW – Reiley Henderson 32 pass from Kieran McDonagh (Hayden Schuh kick)

forth quarter
SKYLINE – Jack Velencia 11 run
(McDonald kick)
SKYLINE – Trevor Barney 33 pass from Browne (McDonald kick)
SKYLINE – Valencia 73 interception return (McDonald kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Skyline: Greene 16-77, Valencia 7-42, Browne 9-12, Barney 1-(-1). Skyview: McDonagh 13-38, Parker Henry 14-31, Henderson 1-(-3).

PASSING — Skyline: Browne 15-22-2-222. Skyview: McDonagh 18-30-3-150.

RECEIVING — Skyline: Barney 5-83, Gregory 2-48, Taggart Krueger 3-33, Nic Sblendorio 2-32, Andrew Giese 2-21, Greene 1-5. Skyview: Henderson 8-75, Spencer Miles 2-17, Mo Morrison 2-15, Schuh 1-15, Henry 2-14, Forrest Russell 1-8, Kyle Ponciano 1-4, Jacob Dennis 1-2.

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7 Responses to “Game Recap – Skyline 38 Skyview 7”

  1. Jack Supporter on December 5th, 2011 1:02 pm

    Hats off to the Storm!! What an accomplishment!

  2. stormy on the run on December 6th, 2011 9:52 am

    Nice pick Mo! Great season Storm, 2nd in the State!

  3. Twoj on December 7th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Bryan maybe you could focus on recruiting of the area athletes now. There might not be much to write about but it would be cool to get some insider information on what schools are interested in the GSHL kids regardless of their respective division. I read here that the Union QB and McDonagh both got offers from Portland State..any updates on their recruiting? I also heard from a source that Dylan Bratlie has been offered by Montana and I just wanted to see of you had any information on that. Thanks Twoj

  4. Bryan Levesque on December 9th, 2011 7:18 am

    We will be running recruiting stories for sure!

  5. ChrisH on December 9th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Bryan, will you be unlocking the earlier season game highlight videos?

  6. Bryan Levesque on December 9th, 2011 1:27 pm

    oh, I thought I already did that. I will give it a look as soon as I can.

  7. WSUCoug2013 on December 11th, 2011 6:26 pm

    Hey Bryan do you know when the seattle times and AP all-state teams will be released?

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