High-SchoolWashington: Joshua Garnett

Football playoff roundup: Browne, Skyline start fast

November, 7, 2011
Let's take a quick trip around the state in the first week of postseason play.

Class 4A
Skyline QB Max Browne collected 263 yards and five TDs to lead the Spartans to an easy 59-21 win over Monroe. His primary receiver was Nick Sblendorio, who hauled in five balls for 123 yards and three scores. The Spartans move on to face Mead this weekend... I liked Skyview in its game against Issaquah because of its powerful offense. That held true as Kieran McDonagh racked up more than 300 passing yards and Parker Henry added 123 on the ground in a 47-17 win... Olympia ended the HS career of Puyallup senior OL Joshua Garnett in a 38-21 victory. Spenser Killman was a workhorse with 231 yards and three scores to guide Olympia... Bethel scored a mini upset of Bothell behind a late 30-yard FG from Ryan Smolko, 24-22...

Class 3A
Lakes got more of a fight than expected but rebounded to put away Nathan Hale, 56-21. Levonte Littlejohn (four rushing TDs) helped offset a big game by Hale's Markeith Harris (251 yards, 2 TDs) as the Lancers claimed their 11th win of the fall... Teré Calloway predicted improved play from Seattle Prep after his team fell to O'Dea in Week 8. He backed it up by reaching pay dirt three times as Prep downed Timberline, 42-28.

Class 2A/1A
Lakewood RB Donovan Evans notched a school-record 299 yards to go with three touchdowns to lead the Cougars over Burlington-Edison, 55-0. The win gained some revenge for Lakewood, which fell to B-E in last year's playoffs... Michael Amsel Jr. accounted for four TDs to power Chelan to a 51-14 defeat of Riverside.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

The Cutting Room Floor: Zach Banner

September, 21, 2011
Wash OL DuoPhoto By: Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Banner (left) and Joshua Garnett have close to 100 combined BCS offers.

We can't always fit everything we want in the pages of ESPNHS, so we bring you the Cutting Room Floor. Think of it as the deleted scenes portion of your favorite Blu-ray. In September we tracked down Lakes senior OL Zach Banner to share our cover with his close friend Joshua Garnnett, another elite lineman from Washington. If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, visit here. In addition to their close friendship, they also bond over hoops and dancing (still waiting to see the videos, guys). Here are some of the excerpts from our interview with Zach. Stick with us for Joshua's outakes later.

On his love of HS football It’s the moment. It’ something that not everybody gets to go through. Not only do I play high school football, I play on one of the top teams in the country. I live for the moment and opportunity to play. It’s a gift. I’m straight pumped when I get on the field. I’m going to put whoever tries to rush me on their back.

On his inspirationAll you have to do is type my name into Google and that’s my inspiration. I have a lot of eyes on me. I have to deal with the haters and all the people that disrespect me online.

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Bellevue survives matchup with No. 2 Skyline

September, 13, 2011
After a tight first half, Bellevue’s defense took control of the Wolverines’ contest against Skyline Friday night.

The Sean Constantine-led unit held the Spartans scoreless in the second half as Bellevue claimed a 31-17 victory. The win catapulted Bellevue to No. 24 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 and keeps the squad on top of its local competition. We didn't penalize Skyline for the loss as they are still the top team in Class 4A.

Lakes continued to make it look easy through the first two weeks of the season, dropping Evergreen, 49-6. The Lancers have outscored their foes, 112-14, during the stretch to remain at No. 3. Bothell took a dive after its loss, allowing O’Dea to creep into the top five.

Here's a look at how the top three teams fared last week:

1. Bellevue — defeated Skyline, 31-17 (last week No. 1)

2. Skyline — loss to Bellevue, 31-17 (last week No. 2)

3. Lakes — defeated Evergreen, 49-6 (last week No. 3)

For a look at the rest of the movers, check out the full POWERADE Washington Football Rankings.

Skyline-Bellevue highlights weekend's best

September, 9, 2011
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.

Welcome to the Washington Sports Blog

August, 22, 2011
We wanted to get ESPNHS cover subjects Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner to shoot a video and welcome you all to this blog, but football workouts got in the way (Some kids are just so dedicated to being the best at their craft). I promise to never allow working out to stop me from posting daily.

Well, welcome to the Washington Sports Blog. You're going to want to bookmark this site for news and videos on the Evergreen State's top athletes and teams, as well as recruiting updates. We'll be coming at you with content daily, but feel free to send along any topics or athletes you would like to see covered. Just hit me up at David.Auguste@ESPN.com or on Twitter: @ESPNHSAuguste.

Here's the lowdown on what to expect later today. Since it’s football season, we’ve decided to kick things off with a look at the preseason state rankings, the All-State squad and a feature on the aforementioned football BFFs.