Skyview’s Team Effort Outlasts Todd Beamers 1 Man Show For 42-33 Win
Written by Bryan Levesque on November 7, 2010
Skyview held of the pesky Todd Beamer Titans 42-33 Saturday at Kiggins Bowl to advance to the WIAA state football playoffs.
The 3x defending 4A Greater St. Helens League Champion Skyview Storm looked like they were going to blow out the visiting Titans early Saturday afternoon when they jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. WR Ellis Henderson, who finished the game with 116 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns, ran in from 17 yards out to open the scoring. LB Zack Brady picked off Todd Beamer QB TJ Esekieiu on the next drive setting up the storm at the Titans 24. 3 plays later Kieran McDonagh hit WR Forest Russell on a swing pass for a 9 yard touchdown.
Todd Beamer however was not in the mood to get blown out, and on the legs of Esekieiu just keep chipping away at the Storm, and cut the lead to 14-13 midway through the 2nd quarter.
Skyview only needed 3 plays to answer the Titans and jump back out 21-13. McDonagh went deep to Reiley Henderson for a 36 yard pickup down to the Beamer 22, when RB Parker Henry, who rushed for 139 yards on 19 carries on the night, scored on the next play running right up the middle of the Titans defense.
Following a 10 play 80 yard scoring drive by Todd Beamer to cut the lead to 21-19, Skyview again answered quickly. It only took 4 plays to go 62 yards when Reiley Henderson took a perfectly set up reverse pitch play in from 9 yards out giving Skyview the 28-19 lead at the break.
Just like in the 1st quarter where it looked like Skyview was about to blow the game open, the 3rd quarter started that way as well.
On the second play of the quarter, McDonagh got the ball out quickly to his left to Reiley Henderson, who took a few quick steps to get the Todd Beamer defender off ballance, then he was off to the races for a 70 yard touchdown and a 35-19 Storm lead with 11:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Reiley had 105 yards receiving on the night.
Todd Beamer however drove 82 yards in 12 plays and converted a 2 point conversion to cut the lead to 35-27 on their next drive.
Following 2 Skyview and 1 Todd Beamer punts, the Titans again went back to work in the 4th quarter.
Esekieiu, who flat out put on a show Saturday, led Todd Beamer on a 16 play 62 yard drive taking up almost 8 minutes of the 4th quarter, that was capped off by a 2 yard touchdown run by the big fella Marley Liuiama, cutting the lead to 35-33 pending the try for point. Todd Beamer lined up for 2 and the tie, but Esekieiu was stopped by the very tired Skyview defensive line who had been chasing him around all night.
The Titans recovered the onside kick at the Skyview 40 with 3:19 left in the game only down 2, but could not pick up a first down. Esekieiu who had to be exhausted after running for 218 yards on 43 carries slipped and fell while rolling out on a 4th and 8 play.
In an attempt to run out the clock, Ellis Henderson gave the home fans one last thing to cheer about as he took a simple sweep play around the corner and in for a 56 yard touchdown to seal the win.
With the win Skyview improves to 8-2 on the season. The Storm will host Auburn (8-3) next weekend at Kiggins Bowl in the first round of the WIAA 4A football playoffs. Date and time TBD.
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Skyview photographer Dave Scott’s game pictures