Skyview Rolls Into Semifinals For First Time In School History With 34-21 Win Over Auburn

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 21, 2009

The Skyview Strom just keep winning. Friday night Skyview defeated the Auburn Trojans 34-21 at Kiggins Bowl to advance to the WIAA 4A Semifinals.

Skyview WR Ellis Henderson returned a kickoff 97 yards for the Strom after Auburn took an early 7-0 lead when RB Alphonse Wade scored on a 62 yard run. Trailing 7-6, Skyview allowed another Auburn score as Austin Embody scored from 7 yards out.

Down 14-6 after one, the second quarter belonged to Skyview. QB Austin Dodge connected with WR Ian Zarosinski on a 34 yard catch and run screen pass for the Storm’s second TD. Down 14-13 late in the second, Matt Spears ran in from 6 yards out to take a 19-14 lead. On the extra point, Henderson struck again. Henderson, the holder, took the snap and ran right up the middle for the 2 points and a 21-14 halftime lead.

Auburn’s Wade scored on his second 62 yard run of the night early in the second to tie the score at 21. The Trojans would not score again despite 268 rushing yards by the Auburn Jr.

Early in the forth at the Auburn 7, Skyview dug into their bag of tricks and pulled out a option halfback pass. Dodge ran to his left, pitched the ball to Spears, who pulled up and found a wide open Karl Graves in end zone and a 28-21 Storm lead. After a few punts, Skyview took over just short of mid field with a little over six minutes remaining in the game. Hoping to run some time off the clock, Skyview did one better, they scored. They scored and took time off the clock. Dodge ran in a 1 yard QB sneak with 57 seconds left on the clock. The extra point was missed, but it did not matter as Skyview was up 34-21 and ready to pack their bags to head east.

Skyview’s defense played a very solid game despite the big runs by Wade and Embody. The Strom forced 7 Trojan punts. Auburn had only punted 4 times all season entering the game.

With the win Skyview improves to 10-2. The Strom will travel east and play at either Ferris or Eisenhower next Saturday in the Semifinals.

Auburn falls to 11-1 with the loss. The Trojans season is over.

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11/20/09 FINAL
Auburn Trojans


Skyview Storm


Rushing — Auburn: Wade 20-272, Embody 14-56, Enosa Strickland 7-25; Skyview: Spears 21-102, Henderson 1-47, Adam Brown 5-18.

Passing — Auburn: Marshall Klontz 1-3-0-0; Skyview: Dodge 16-24-0-215, Spears 1-1-0-7.

Receiving — Auburn: Wade 1-0; Skyview: Graves 8-108, Zarosinski 6-86, Henderson 1-17, Jonny Barrett 1-12, Spears 1-(-1).

First quarter
A — Alphonse Wade 62 run (Aaron McMahon kick)
S — Ellis Henderson 97 kickoff return (kick failed)
A — Austin Embody 7 run (McMahon kick)
Second quarter
S — Ian Zarosinski 34 pass from Austin Dodge (Nick Phillips kick)
S — Matt Spears 6 run (Henderson run)
Third quarter
A — Wade 62 run (McMahon kick)
Fourth quarter
S — Karl Graves 7 pass from Spears (Phillips kick)
S — Dodge 1 run (kick blocked)

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31 Responses to “Skyview Rolls Into Semifinals For First Time In School History With 34-21 Win Over Auburn”

  1. SkyviewJoe on November 21st, 2009 7:37 am

    Great Job Storm. Now go root on Union!

  2. Storm Fan on November 21st, 2009 8:01 am

    Awesome job Defense.

  3. it's ME on November 21st, 2009 8:42 am

    Drink… Let the taste of victory flow across thy lips and enjoy
    Not a fortnight (that’s 14 consecutive days “camas fans”) but for only a day or two

    Yea…your achievements are grand
    Yet you have no time for rest young warrior

    For thy works are not complete
    “…prepare for glory!”


  4. gshl fan on November 21st, 2009 9:56 am

    the score was 34 to 21

  5. Bryan Levesque on November 21st, 2009 10:03 am

    geese, all sorts of problems tonight… i guess it is no longer night.

    The video “should” be up by now. A normal 20-25 min process has taken over 7 hrs… killing me smalls. And of all the nights, a huge win by the Skyview Storm. Just know I am doing all i can to get the video up. Great game boys!

  6. Jerry McGuire on November 21st, 2009 2:37 pm

    Ferris over Eisenhower at halftime 10-0.

  7. wow on November 21st, 2009 2:37 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! skyveiw is the real deal. it would be amazing if they won the state championship.

  8. Armchair QB on November 21st, 2009 2:57 pm

    Finally got around to watching the video (terrific job, Bryan!). Ditto what “wow” said. Just wondering why they don’t play semi’s in the dome like 3A? Doesn’t seem right. Regardless, their D looks very impressive, esp #44 – a beast! Go STORM!!

  9. 40 on November 21st, 2009 3:31 pm

    I think the other 4A semi will be in the dome. I don’t know what the process is, but I know in years past when east of the mountain teams make the semi’s those games are played over there alot of the times.

  10. 40 on November 21st, 2009 3:34 pm

    And once again, Skyview is playing absolutely filthy right now. Not to talk about next year already, but I just want to put in my prediction that Henderson is the best all around player in the region as a SR and goes Pac-10.

  11. Skyview Fan on November 21st, 2009 4:16 pm

    Good luck with Ferris in Spokane!

  12. Skyview Fan on November 21st, 2009 4:20 pm

    Ferris 24, Eisenhower 14 Final

  13. Innocent Bystander on November 21st, 2009 7:00 pm

    The Storm will travel to Spokane next week.

    Ferris beat Eisenhower 24-14.

    SO STORM!!

  14. K on November 21st, 2009 10:15 pm

    Puget sound region …maybe you’ve had enough of swwa and gshl for awhile..your teams are highly overrated!!!!!!! but… our teams are just simply better!!!!! GO STORM!!!!! and best of luck to union too

  15. Shari on November 21st, 2009 10:18 pm

    Class: 4A
    30 Bothell vs 9 Issaquah
    14 Curtis vs 49 Skyline
    14 Eisenhower vs 24 Joel E Ferris
    34 Skyview vs 21 Auburn

  16. Truth on November 21st, 2009 10:39 pm

    Does anyone know why the 3A semi is in the dome but the 4A isn’t.

  17. Bryan Levesque on November 21st, 2009 11:19 pm

    yeah, the way it is set up is that the bottom team in the bracket is the home team. When you get to the semifinals, if the “home” team is from Western WA then they play the games in Tacoma. If the home team is from Eastern Washington they play it on the east site. I am sure they would like to play all of the games in Tacoma, but it is hard for the teams from the east to travel across the state multiple times. Fans, and family and things.

    Ferris is from Spokane, so they get to play the game there. A Skyview coach told me Friday, that if Ferris won (they did) they would ask to have the game moved to Tri-Cities and not be in Spokane. Not sure if they will do it but it could happen.

  18. SkyR#1fanCapCoug on November 22nd, 2009 1:06 am

    Bryan…from my own experience… any east-sider who is the designated “home team” plays their home games at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick in the semi-finals (my Capital Cougars played in Kennewick for a semi against Walla Walla awhile back).

  19. SkyR#1fanCapCoug on November 22nd, 2009 1:09 am

    While this may not be techncally correct and that the WIAA could technically schedule it over in Spokane, they usually accomdate the west-side and prevent any cross-state travelling this time of year.

    Either Lampson or Pasco’s stadium are usually the ones best suited to host semi’s over on the east-side.

  20. Bryan Levesque on November 22nd, 2009 1:13 am

    It does not quite work that way. Evergreen played Gonzaga Prep at Joe Albi (Spokane) in 2004 because Prep is from Spokane. Last year Skyline played Ferris at Albi, again because Ferris is from Spokane. In 2003 Evergreen played Pasco at their home field in Pasco. The thing is the field must meet the guide lines. I am not sure if Walla Walla has a grass field or not. Also, it is kind of hard to get to. They can use any field in the “home” teams district. Down here we are part of District 4. Well so is Tumwater, but they have an exception to play in a league with all Dist 3 schools, but their home stadium, is still a Dist 4 stadium.

    I know Spokane and the Big 9 are in different districts. No idea what is going to happen. Just know Skyview is going to ask. But last year Ferndale asked to have their game vs Union in Tumwater, and they were told NO!

  21. SkyR#1fanCapCoug on November 22nd, 2009 1:35 am

    I can probably explain with why Ferndale and Union couldn’t play in Tumwater. The stadium already had a game involving a “host” that Friday (Centralia hosting Archbishop Murphy) as well as 4 games involving “hosts” (1B, 2 2B’s, and 1A, games) and all hosts were from Dist 4). I don’t think they could fit a second game on Friday and they would have little to no shot of getting a 5th game in on Saturday the week Ferndale and Union were playing each other.

    The problem is with Tumwater….all the 1B’s, 2B’s, and 1A’s alongside or close to the ocean…..have no sanctioned fields around the for State and the closet they could get is Tumwater and usually there are legit teams in the area for their classifaction where they can host games all the way to the semi’s.

  22. SkyR#1fanCapCoug on November 22nd, 2009 1:49 am

    And I think you just answered for me why my team’s home field (Ingersoll Stadiumin Olympia) couldn’t help out hosting these games involving all the Dist 4 teams….and that’s because it’s a District 3 stadium.

    I beleive the only schools Tumwater play in their 2A league that are from the Dist 3 region are Black Hills (their cross-town rivals) and River Ridge…..while Aberdeen, Hoquiam (who’ll likely drop to 1A next year), Elma, Centralia, and WF West (Chehalis) should all fall under the Dist 4 boundaries, but the district boundary map I see on the WIAA probably isn’t the most accurate way of finding out what I’m looking for here.

  23. Stormfan on November 22nd, 2009 7:34 am

    I would like to thank for providing this website. It has been wonderful to pull up the video and see the plays again and again. Being able to have friends and family log on from across the world to keep tabs on the league activities has bean great.

    Thank you again.

  24. Bob Larimer on November 22nd, 2009 9:07 am

    Great job Storm!

    You figured out Auburn’s running game, even though they baffled you at first.

    Then you played YOUR game, mixing runs and passes.

    That’s Storm football!

    You can win the next one too. Just use your skills and your teamwork!

    This is a great website, but how come so slow to tell us where Skyview goes next?

    What’s the holdup?

  25. Bryan Levesque on November 22nd, 2009 9:39 am

    Hey Bob,

    The WIAA web site says “Nov 28 TBD @ Joe Albi Stadium” Aibi is in Spokane. It most likely will be a 1pm game, but might be 3pm. Also, until the time is set, the place could change as well. As soon as we know for sure, I will post something on it.

  26. SHS fan from EWU on November 22nd, 2009 3:14 pm

    Please play the game in SPOKANE please *on hands and knees* This would be my first opportunity to see Skyview since they played river. And way more awesome than the last time I saw them in the playoffs in 2006 against Oak Harbor. I had been looking at the brackets trying to figure out how this might work out since the prelim game.

    GO STORM !!!! Can’t wait for next week!


  27. notlisacooper on November 22nd, 2009 3:52 pm

    Dear Football and Cheer Families:

    I just received a call from Jim Condon wondering if we would like to have an Adult/Parent/family Rooter bus(es) for the Semi-Finals in Spokane. The school is trying to get enough kids together for a student rooter bus @$50.00 per student. If we want to get a bus(es) together we will need to have commitment from 55 people per bus to order our own rooter bus as well. The cost would be $50 per person as well.

    The schedule for the rooter buses would be: leave the school at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, 28th (promptly) and returning back to Skyview approximately 12:00 midnight on the same day. Game is at 1:00 p.m.

    We need to know that we have this commitment no later than Tomorrow morning to be able to secure the buses. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to participate. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my cell at anytime. 360-609-7765.


    Lisa Cooper
    co-President Skyview Boosters

  28. NoCal Homer on November 22nd, 2009 8:04 pm

    This is has been my favorite GSHL program to watch as a non-partisan fan.
    Parent and fan base is in general “classy” players stay out of the blog for the most part and they show up on Friday night!

    This team must have played the toughest schedule of any team in the 4A playoff bracket and it shows. Seniors, Barrett, Dodge, Osborne, Shirley & Zarozinski show that there have been recruiters sleeping at the wheel.

    Anything from here forward is icing on the cake for you Skyview…look out next year too! Strong core of Storm returners are back…Watts finally gets to play and is more athletic than Dodge but not as accurate, Fields leads the returning lineman, Graves should come back stronger faster and tougher, then you got Henderson who teams double or roll coverage to his side of the field!

    Better not kick it to him either, wow!
    Future looks good for Skyview…immediate and on the horizon.
    Best of luck rest of the way.


  29. Ro' on November 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm

    SW Washington & Vancouver specifically should be proud of theses two teams that are representing the GSHL at botht he 3A & 4A level! Good luck next weekend!

  30. Rick Fields, Colonel, (Ret), US Army on November 22nd, 2009 11:01 pm

    The players from both Union and Skyview are clearly outstanding and have taken seriously the year round tasks of preparing to be state champions. Much has been said about all these great kids and certainly well deserved……however, if you look even closer, they share more than just football skills. Each of these teams is coached by very outstanding and classy head coaches along with the best assembled assistants in the state. Going back even farther, most of these kids shared learning the game with names like Renegades, Thunder, Wolves, Dolphins, Titans and Vikings. Both rosters are complete with many lads who came through the CCYF developmental program…..and it shows. My hat is off to the hundreds of parents, coaches and CCYF Directors who have fed our high schools for the past 26 years. Clark County is blessed with much talent and I think the rest of the stste is starting to “get it.”

    I encourage everyone in the area to find a way to get to Tacoma and Spokane and support these great teams and coaches! We can make a difference.

    Go Titans!!
    Go Storm!!

  31. lucky on November 28th, 2009 8:15 pm

    good job storms!!! but now ya know what i said last week…. something was real funny with coach elliot …….. great season though…keep balling out and grind to shine ……………..Trojans to the top………………

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