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September 24, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

SKY_ISS_285398.JPGPhoto by Jim Bates / The Seattle Times

Through four weeks this season Skyline has played the No. 2 team in Class 3A, the top team in 3A, Oregon’s second-ranked team in 6A and the fourth-ranked team in 4A.

Coming out of that schedule with a 3-1 record — the only loss coming to Liberty, 39-34 in Week 1 — is quite an accomplishment.

“It’s a true testament to these kids striving to always be better and better and not have that letdown,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

All four of the teams the Spartans have played to this point have the potential for deep playoff runs, but all the success shows me that Skyline remains the favorite to repeat in 4A.

“The one we had to win was Issaquah and we did,” Skyline quarterback Max Browne said after the 35-6 victory. “It’s huge for KingCo standings, KingCo championship possibilities and we’ve just got to keep rolling.”

This was a team that entered the year with a lot of talent, but a lot of questions. To answer them so quickly says a lot. The Spartans showed they can run the ball on Friday with Kai Jandoc picking up 75 yards on 27 carries.

Teran Togia stepped up to catch six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Issaquah did do a nice job of slowing down Kasen Williams, who had four catches for 22 yards.

Issaquah was led by running back Taylor Wyman, who had 87 yards on 16 carries.

The Eagles never got things rolling on Friday, but they remain one of the top teams in the state and should be a force throughout the rest of the season.

“We’re going to go back to the drawing board this week,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “There might be some different guys playing come next week.”

For the first time in my career, I watched a team change uniforms before the start of the game. Skyline warmed up in green uniforms, but changed into silver uniforms before kickoff. You can see the uniforms in the picture above.

I’m not quite sure what to make of them, but the Spartans players seemed to enjoy the new look. More on that next week.

Click here for game story.

For now, let’s take a look at the rest of Friday’s football action.

Liberty 38, Mount Si 22

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Seattle Prep 14, Eastside Catholic 8

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Kentridge 27, Auburn Riverside 24

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Arlington 33, Marysville-Pilchuck 14

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Eastlake 29, Redmond 0

Eastlake’s Kyle Lappano had 28 carries for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

Kent-Meridian 64, Mount Rainier 0

Kent-Meridian quarterback David Jones had 11 carries for 155 yards and six touchdowns.

Highline 35, Renton 34

After Erik Anderson scored for Highline to go ahead by one, Renton drove the ball down to the 12-yard line before attempting a 27-yard field goal that was blocked by Lio Nguamo with no time left on the clock.

Highline as a team rushed for 400 yards, including Hasan Al Hassan who had 20 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Rodriguez, who finished with 16 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Bethel 55, Spanaway Lake 21

Bethel’s Justin Hordyk was 15 of 20 for 244 yards and five touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 50 yards and a score. David Fontenette had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Bothell 42, Roosevelt 7

Bothell running back Luke Proulx rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 93 yards and a score.

Mercer Island 48, Interlake 21

Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist completed 18 of 24 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 17 times for 72 yards and two scores.

Mariner 35, Edmonds-Woodway 21

Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell rushed for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass.

For a look at how the top 10 fared, click here.

Click here for a list of statewide scores.

For more box scores, click here.

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