Skyline smashes Issaquah, 48-21, in season opener

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School junior running back Rashaad Boddie (28) explodes en route to an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo (5), Mikey Giannopulos (22) and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School junior running back Rashaad Boddie (28) explodes en route to an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo (5), Mikey Giannopulos (22) and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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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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Bellevue hammers Skyline in Husky Stadium showdown

September 9, 2013

In a battle of high-school football programs with 18 state championships between them, it was the Bellevue Wolverines who looked much more comfortable in a big-game environment.

Bellevue, winners of the last five Class 3A titles, forced three turnovers and ran up 418 yards of offense, leading to a 45-7 victory over two-time defending 4A champion Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback, scores on his 45-yard run in the fourth quarter, putting the Spartans on the board in a 45-7 loss against Bellevue at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback, scores on his 45-yard run in the fourth quarter, putting the Spartans on the board in a 45-7 loss against Bellevue at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Prep football: Eastlake, Skyline have high hopes

September 3, 2013

Some football teams are like marathon runners: They like to use their biggest players to grind opponents and wear them out in the second half. Read more

Skyline football players lend hand to tent city move

July 31, 2013

Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from.

But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate. Read more

Quarterback battle, roster turnover are questions for Spartans to answer

June 24, 2013

By Neil Pierson

Offseason training is crucial for most high-school football programs, but it seems especially true for the Skyline Spartans considering their first-game opponent. Read more

Possible new quarterback at Skyline

May 15, 2013

Skyline may have found its new quarterback, Florida all-state quarterback Kilton Anderson.

That’s according to several recent news reports, including a May 6 piece by Tom Hanson, a local reporter in Marco, Fla., who wrote that the Naples High School junior is moving this summer to Sammamish and looking forward to throwing for the Skyline Spartans. Anderson told Hanson that he is hoping to be settled in time to join Skyline for its spring practice. Read more

49ers sign former Skyline player as free agent

May 7, 2013

Former Skyline High School football player Luke Marquardt signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent April 27.

The 6-foot-8.5-inch, 317-pound left tackle played 30 games for Azusa Pacific University before a foot injury caused him to sit out his senior season and limited his participation at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year.

Marquardt was named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List and, according to NFL.com, had coaches from several pro teams, include the 49ers, attend his pro day workout.

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

Skyline caps off perfect season as state champs wins 49-24

December 1, 2012

Updated: Dec. 5, 9:58 a.m.

Jubilant only begins to describe Skyline and its fans Dec. 1 at the Tacoma Dome, where the Spartans grabbed their fifth state title in eight years. Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep 49-24 to win the 4A football state championship.

“This is the most special…I’ve grown up with all these guys,” said Max Browne, who completed 21 of 28 passing attempts for 384 yards and four touchdowns. “Nic Sblendorio has been my best friend, Andrew Giese, Matt Sinatro, Peyton Pelluer – all those guys. This is what we dreamed of when we were 5 years old. We worked. We worked hard, and it’s awesome to sit here and know that we got the state title our senior year and are going out the right way.”

Matt Sinatro, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, stretches the football over the goal line on a 23-yard pass play from quarterback Max Browne, giving the Spartans the lead 90 seconds into the game. Photo by Greg Farrar

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