Skyline football looking to avenge last year’s early exit

September 2, 2014

When Skyline kicks off the 2014 football season this week against rival Issaquah, it will mark the culmination of a nine-month process for the Spartans as they try to return to the elite echelon of Class 4A programs.

By Greg Farrar Skyline opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 at Issaquah. The Spartans’ top athletes include, from left, junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie; senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville; senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher; senior lineman Riley Griffiths; senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong; junior quarterback Blake Gregory; and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 at Issaquah. The Spartans’ top athletes include, from left, junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie; senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville; senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher; senior lineman Riley Griffiths; senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong; junior quarterback Blake Gregory; and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

Skyline’s players indicate they haven’t forgotten their 26-20 loss to Federal Way in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs, and it has served as motivation for this season.

The Spartans won’t be able to reap most of the rewards from their offseason work until late fall, but they know wins usually come from the sweat equity they poured out in the spring and summer months.

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Max Browne named USA Today All-American

January 2, 2013

Max Browne of Skyline High School has been named USA Today’s Football Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-America quarterback.
It’s the second major award recently for Browne. He also received the Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a ceremony at the school.
The 6-foot-5 senior, a starter since his sophomore season at Skyline, broke the state record for career passing yards (12,951) this year.
He threw for 4,526 yards and 49 touchdowns in his senior season while leading the Spartans to a 14-0 record and their second consecutive Class 4A state championship.
Browne committed to USC last April.
He finished classes at Skyline and will enroll this month at USC.

Skyline’s Max Browne named national player of the year

December 26, 2012

By Larry Stone

Seattle Times staff reporter

 

At midmorning Tuesday, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting.

Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Read more

Max Browne nominated for national award

November 21, 2012

Skyline quarterback Max Browne is among the 16 high school seniors from across the country that were nominated Nov. 14 for 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year.

According to a prepared statement by the Army, the award is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior high school football player. Read more

Skyline blows past Puyallup in 59-17 playoff victory

November 7, 2012

Max Browne sets state record for completions

In typical Skyline Spartans fashion, the first quarter of Nov. 3 state playoff game was awash in touchdowns, leading the Spartans to a 59-17 win over the Puyallup Vikings.

On its first drive, the Skyline football team scored with a touchdown by Nate Gibson. Puyallup quickly answered back with a touchdown of their own and for two-and-a-half minutes of the game it looked like the Spartans may have met their match. Read more

Skyline quarterback is Gatorade state player of the year

December 7, 2011

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, who led the Spartans to the 4A state football title Saturday, has been named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year.

Browne is the third Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Skyline High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Browne as Washington’s best high school football player. Read more