There was a stretch during Friday’s 36-22 win against Eastlake when Skyline showed just how good it can be.
The Spartans worked quickly and efficiently, scoring 21 points in a row after falling behind by a touchdown early.
But with a two-touchdown advantage, Skyline couldn’t put the Wolves away.
The key for the Spartans heading into the KingCo title game and beyond is maintaining momentum. If they can find a way to do that, according to coach Mat Taylor, “The sky is the limit.”
Despite the loss, this was a good game for Eastlake. It showed the Wolves that they can play with anyone in the state. They have a solid line and Kyle Lappano is a great running back. He runs hard, attacks the hole.
The senior set a school rushing record with 252 yards on 22 carries, breaking the mark set by Cameron Hunt last season (216). Lappano racked up 215 in a game earlier this season.
“For our guys, obviously it’s going to sting a whole bunch, but it’s a measuring stick for us and now here comes the playoffs,” Eastlake coach Gene Dales said. “If our league is as good as we think it is, if we can play with Skyline, then we’ve got a chance to play for a while.”
In a not-so-interesting note, I continue to do well in predicting Skyline football games. In addition to calling last year’s title game against Ferris, 45-21. I correctly called the Skyline-Bellevue game, 28-21. This week, I predicted a final score of 35-21, when it ended up being 36-22.
Here is a look at the rest of Friday night’s high-school football action.
Issaquah 35, Newport 14
Foster 34, Renton 26
Bellevue 28, Mount Si 21
Marysville-Pilchuck 63, Monroe 31
Archbishop Murphy 49, King’s 0
Kamiak 45, Cascade 0
— Nic Cooper, Kamiak: Carried 14 times for school-record 251 yards, three touchdowns. He had two catches for 91 yards and a score.
Lake Stevens 28, Stanwood 7
— Corey Young, Lake Stevens: Was in on 24 tackles, two short of school record.
Liberty 41, Interlake 28
— Chandler Jenkins, Liberty: Had 279 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries — all in first half.
Tahoma 36, Kentridge 34
— David Stoecker, Tahoma: Kicked the winning, 47-yard field goal with 0:03 left.
— Cameron McKernan, Kentridge: Carried 29 times for 288 yards and had two catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Rogers 20, Graham-Kapowsin 17
Rogers scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game. The game-winning touchdown came on a hail mary. It was fourth-and-28 for Rogers when quarterback Stefan Van Horn threw it down field.
The ball was tipped by receiver Kellen Westering and caught by Terrance Stubblefield, who broke a tackle and ran it in from about 7 yards to win the game.
Ferndale 48, Shorecrest 27
— Ferndale running back Riley Locker — cousin of Jake Locker — had 27 carries for 274 yards and five touchdowns.
Mercer Island 38, Sammamish 9
— Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island): finished 13 for 22, 174 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had 18 carries, 198 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.