Skyline-Bellevue highlights weekend's best

September, 9, 2011
9/09/11
3:40
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Game of the Week: Bellevue (1-0) at Skyline (1-0)

Bellevue (No. 32 in POWERADE FAB 50) and Skyline have been the benchmark in Washington football over the last five seasons. The schools have combined for seven titles since 2006, and Bellevue is the three-time reigning 3A champs. The Spartans, however, are looking to take their second consecutive win in the head-to-head matchup and to supplant the Wolverines as the No. 1 team in the ESPNHS State Rankings. Skyline Junior QB Max Browne threw four TD passes to lead the Spartans over Liberty, 62-27, in the team’s opener. On the other side, Tyler Hasty picked off a pass to seal a 31-21 victory for Bellevue over Oaks Christian (Calif.). Rich football pedigree, all-star lineups and great coaching should make this a close, entertaining contest. Skyline won last year's meeting, 28-21.

David’s Pick: I’m rolling with Skyline in this one. I think Max Browne will have a huge game and Skyline takes it 28-24.

Some more to watch
Mercer Island (0-1) at Newport (1-0)


Mercer Island senior Jeff Lindquist accounted for five touchdowns last week but it wasn’t enough against Seattle Prep. He looks to get his team on track against Newport and talented QB Isaac Dotson (three TDs in Week 1).

Ferris (1-0) at Shadle Park (1-0)
The Scoop: Defending 4A champ Ferris has overhauled its offense with a renewed focus on the running game. Shadle Park will have its hands full with an offense that racked up nearly 400 yards rushing last week.

O’Dea (1-0) at Ferndale (1-0)
Don’t expect a lot of points in this one. O’Dea features one of the state’s stingiest defenses with seniors Jayshawn Jordan and Cody Fullerton, while Ferndale hopes to unleash its own defensive stud in DL Caleb Rodriguez.

Federal Way (1-0) at Puyallup (1-0)

The state’s top recruit Joshua Garnett will lead the Vikes against a loaded Federal Way squad led by RB D.J. May (3 TDs in week 1) and a strong defensive front anchored by Uso Olive and Jordan Pulu.

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