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September 10, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

KHS_ABMHS_272023.JPGAfter watching Skyline and Liberty turn in amazing performances in Week 1, I wasn’t expecting to see another classic Friday when Issaquah traveled to Liberty.

Well, I was wrong. I thought it would be a good game — that’s why I was there — but I never thought it would end the way it did.

Two things I learned after Issaquah’s 27-21 win over the Patriots: No. 1, Issaquah is definitely one of the top teams in KingCo 4A. The Eagles have a good passing game, a quarterback (Ethan Kalin) who can run the football, a good running back (Taylor Wyman), good size on the line and a linebacker (Nik Landdeck) who punishes people.

No. 2, Liberty might be the toughest football program I’ve ever spent time around. Those kids really never quit. Against the Eagles, the Patriots battled injuries, costly penalties and all forms of adversity and still had a chance to win another football game against a ranked Class 4A program.

The Patriots came up less than a yard short in this one. Should Chandler Jenkins’ run to the goal line, which resulted in a fumble, been blown dead? Maybe, but give credit to Landdeck for forcing the fumble.

It was a crazy game overall. The clock wasn’t working for large parts of the second half — time was kept on the field — but it was as entertaining a football game as I’ve seen.

Here are some numbers from the game. Kalin completed 14 of 32 for 180 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler completed 9 of 28 passes for 149 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Here’s my game story.

There’s another big-time matchup on Saturday with Skyline playing Bellevue at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. We’ll see if the Spartans and Wolverines can top what happened Friday at Liberty.

Here are highlights from the rest of Friday’s high-school football action, including a story link from Archbishop Murphy’s 45-28 victory. Pictured above.

2A Archbishop Murphy knocks off 3A Kennedy Catholic, click here for story.

Nathan Hale defeated West Seattle, 56-26, click here for story.

O’Dea rebounds against Ferndale, 28-13, click here for story.

Kentlake overpowers Kentridge, 30-14, click here for story.

Zack Berg’s six touchdowns lead Edmonds-Woodway past Marysville-Pilchuck, 42-22, click here for story.

Other highlights:

— Cascade’s LaQuondice Bruce rushed for 225 yards and scored from 95, 75 yards out, but the Bruins fell to Everett, 39-14.

— Curtis’ Rahmel Dockery scored five touchdowns and had 309 all-purpose yards in a 60-7 win over Spanaway Lake.

— Bothell quarterback Braden Foley was 15 of 22 for 248 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His 52-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sewell with 7 minutes left in fourth quarter was go-ahead score as the Cougars edged a tough Mount Si team, 27-20.

— In Auburn’s 66-0 victory over Mount Rainier, 18 different players carried the ball, totaling 404 yards on 33 carries. Alphonse Wade had 126 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Brendan Greer had two carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.

— Rogers’ Graham Madland was 19 for 29 for 288 yards and a touchdown during a 70-12 win over Emerald Ridge.

— Arlington’s Riley Cobb rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries during a 35-30 win over Jackson.

Jackson QB Sam Brown 19 of 41 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Thomas Vincent was 13 for 23 for 229 yards, four touchdowns and also rushed 11 times for 87 yards and a score during King’s 59-6 win over Coupeville.

His leading target was Joseph Jaeger, who had seven catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

For more Friday night results, click here.

For a complete list of state scores, click here.

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