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Union Pulls Away Late, Then Holds On in 14-9 Win Over Skyview | Greater St. Helens League Football

Union Pulls Away Late, Then Holds On in 14-9 Win Over Skyview

Written by Bryan Levesque on September 5, 2009

The defending 3A GSHL Champs took on the defending 4A GSHL Champs at McKenzie Stadium. The two teams played to a scoreless tie until early in the 4th when Skyview kicker Nick Phillips got the Storm on the board with a 21 yard FB. Union found the end zone with 3:55 to go in the game when QB Brandon Weller hit Matt Merlino on a 38 yard TD strike. FB Zak Browning added a 27 yard TD run on their next possession. Skyview did not give up however, and QB Austin Dodge found Ellis Henderson from 11 yards out to cut the Titans lead to 14-9. A failed onsides kick gave the win to Union

Union will face Evergreen at 8pm next Friday while Skyview travels to Columbia River at 7pm

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PASSING – Skyview — Dodge 18-29-0-230; Union — Weller 5-10-0-77

RUSHING – Skyview — Parker Henry 21-72; Union — Nathaniel Penaranda 15-62, Browning 5-43, Blake Russell 5-14.

RECEIVING – Skyview — Karl Graves 6-114, Ian Zarosinski 3-42, Henderson 3-32, Riley Miles 3-9, Dallin Shirley 2-26, Jonny Barrett 1-7; Union — Mitch Saylor 2-35, Merlino 1-38, Penaranda 1-15, Browning 1-(-11).

Fourth Quarter
Sky — Nick Phillips 22 FG
U — Matt Merlino 38 pass from Brandon Weller (Jed Barnett kick)
U — Zak Browning 27 run (Barnett kick)
Sky — Ellis Henderson 11 pass from Austin Dodge (pass failed)

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20 Responses to “Union Pulls Away Late, Then Holds On in 14-9 Win Over Skyview”

  1. Football Superfan on September 5th, 2009 10:54 am

    2 teams with good defense and bad offense

  2. john on September 5th, 2009 12:17 pm

    unions offense is loaded….great job by skyview keeping them contained until the 4th quarter….even though skyview lost, playing union that close should be a huge confidence boost

  3. Bob on September 5th, 2009 5:56 pm

    You guys act like Union unbeatable?….. Wait until the Camas Union game! Camas is going to win! They only lost by 5 last year and should of won and Union got worse and camas got better. Just wait and see

  4. Knute on September 5th, 2009 9:41 pm

    Not a tremendous debut by Union, but you gotta hand it to Skyview – they are a very good team. They will probably handle Heritage without much trouble (I watched both games in person – Camas, no chance against Union this year) look at the play @ around the 2:30 mark of this video…all of the hype has been about the QB’s @ Heritage, Camas & Skyview – and they’re all good. But, look how Weller sells this play – for week 1 this is borderline masterpiece! Nice frikkin job! Also, there were a couple pages in the program that showed all of the headline players – the names you’ve all heard for 3 years now. They were all in elementary school & middle school together….didn’t see a heavy influence on ‘non-core’ (x-fer) players from other schools. Can’t understand where all the recruiting talk comes from after seeing these photo’s. There are years where there are special groups of kids come through together, last years’ Seniors albeit a small number of kids had a huge impact on the team. This years’ team has that special group of kids,but maybe just needs to find their identity.

  5. Bob? on September 5th, 2009 10:47 pm

    Bob, are you kidding me? I don’t care what you think about Camas or Union, but can you speak or form a sentence? Wow. I can’t imagine the Camas fans want you.

  6. big heavy on September 5th, 2009 11:50 pm

    Knute, your comments say it all……..
    “didn’t see a heavy influence on non-core x-fer players from other districts”
    Gee Knute, thanks for pointing that out, because I didn’t know that a “non-heavy” influence of transfers is ok in high school sports. an actual heavy influence, well now that could obviously cause some problems, you know recruiting rumors, WIAA problems, that sort of thing. Since you seem to know all, what is the limit on transfers before it becomes a “heavy influence”? Is it 3, 4, 10, 20??? how many can you slide by? lets get this figured out so that we can all play by the same rules here and heaven forbid any other schools have to go through what Union has had to endure with all these false accusations about transfers and recruiting.

  7. spainwa on September 6th, 2009 10:58 am

    I think the speed of defense on both Union and Skyview was noticeably faster than Heritage and Camas. At least it appeared that way watching both games back to back.

    Knute – I think you are right about the impact of last years Sr’s at Union. 7 starting positions (sometimes 8) on defense and 3 (sometimes 4) on offense. It’s huge for a team to get to the championship and have that experience under their belts. Interesting to see how they do against the CA team in a couple of weeks.

  8. spainwa on September 6th, 2009 10:59 am

    The smiley face should be the number 8.

  9. gshlfootballfan on September 6th, 2009 12:17 pm

    I realize that Mitch Saylor has a lot of promise, but i still think he is overrated and has alot more potential for his size. not a fan of Mitch Saylor

  10. Knute on September 6th, 2009 1:54 pm

    settle down, big heavy… your trying way too hard to ‘catch’ Union. All I meant was that the pictures show the kids that I am familiar with by following the program for the last 3 years. There they are as elem & middle school kids..together. Wouldn’t that indicate that they live relatively close to one another & wouldn’t that generally indicate that they just might attend the same High School? Stop trying to make something out of nothing…

  11. Erik on September 6th, 2009 3:22 pm

    Union didnt get worse for the camas guy who thinks that skyveiw is good you have to give it too them. Everyone is gonna be going for union but there ready for it

  12. Chris on September 6th, 2009 4:40 pm

    Well gshlfootballfan Mitch Saylor is probably not a fan of you either. Yet he will be playing college football next year and you will be sitting here on these message boards. Enough said.

  13. Jamaree Jones on September 6th, 2009 8:46 pm

    jeez this iz funnyy

  14. Camas Fan on September 6th, 2009 10:09 pm

    Skyview lost by 5 points after a failed onside kick… Familiar?

    The point I was going to make is that you guys seem to be putting a spotlight on the Union offence and I don’t understand why. Weller “sold the play” and it was a ” borderline masterpiece”. Meanwhile Grindy connected 4 touchdown passes to 4 different recievers just when everybody thought we were hurting from the loss of Varsek and Alexander. I think your putting emphasis in the wrong place Knute. Camas certainly does have a chance this year.

  15. jack on September 7th, 2009 6:07 pm

    camas will spank Union this year, they are a much better football team than last year and they will have their way with Union.

  16. Larry S on September 7th, 2009 7:59 pm

    Camas is for real. They played a great game against Heritage. Camas has all the kids for a deep playoff run. Dont doubt Heritage either. They where a play or two from swinging that game around

  17. GSHL Fan on September 7th, 2009 8:08 pm

    And So It Begins…

    Look jack, I don’t know exactly what it was you saw that makes you believe that Camas will “Spank” Union this year, but considering the game is 53 days from now I don’t think your statement holds any merit.

    I would hope we can hold back the Camas vs. Union flame war atleast until the week of the actual game.

  18. Fan of the U on September 9th, 2009 9:31 am

    Camas Fan – would you please spell offense for us?

  19. Union Fan on September 11th, 2009 8:36 am

    Wow! Does anyone remember that these are high school boys they are talking about? It was the first game. Everyone has work to do before the game tonight. There are a lot of weeks left until Union plays Camas. By that time, both teams will have worked out the early season kinks to make for a great game! Also, how about the sportsmanship that the Camas fans showed at the game last week? When the Union football players walked into the stadium, they started chanting “Union go home.” Camas telling us to go home at our own stadium? Nice!

  20. CHS on September 11th, 2009 9:32 pm

    I think that i speak for all Camas fans. THE “U” IS GOING TO GET KILLED BY CAMAS!!!!

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