We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day last week and got your fill of all of the weekend's great playoff football action. We zip around the state to highlight some of the top performances from the state semifinals.
It will be an all-Sky finals after Skyline and Skyview each punched their tickets to the title game with wins over the weekend. Skyline defeated Woodinville 26-21 and Skyview topped Lake Stevens, 38-14, to set up Friday night's clash at the Tacoma Dome. Senior Damian Greene was a menace on both sides of the ball for the Spartans, contributing three TDs on offense and scooping up a fumble that led to another score. Greene was on the receiving end of six Max Browne (292 yards passing) offerings and finished with nearly 150 yards of total offense. With the win, Skyline reaches the title game for the seventh time in the last eight seasons... Skyview's potent offense was on full display as Parker Henry and Co. took advantage of a pair of early turnovers and turned it into a 21-0 advantage they would not relinquish. QB Kieran McDonagh made sure Lake Stevens wouldn't dig out of its early deficit, as his pin-point passing led to 339 yards and two scores.
Bellevue continues its rise in the POWERADE FAB 50 despite a scare from Kamiakin in the semifinals. The Wolverines increased their win total to 13 with a come-from-behind 21-10 victory over the Braves. Bellevue got off to a sluggish start with four first-half turnovers and was down by three at the half. But John Nguyen's running (116 yards and a score) keyed the second-half rally and Tyler Hasty continued his strong postseason with a 23-yard scoring jaunt, as the Wolverines clinched their fourth consecutive state final berth... O'Dea will also make the trip to the Tacoma Dome Friday by virtue of its 21-13 win against Camas. Sophomore Pierre Le Dorze played well above his age and accounted for a pair of scores to ignite the Irish attack. Joseph Hopkins snagged a pair of INTs, taking one to the house just before the half.
Archbishop Murphy will face Lynden for the state crown in a meeting of two of the class 2A's top junior stars. Alex Galgano shredded Prosser's defense to the tune of 117 yards and two touchdowns in Archbishop's 50-14 rout, while Lynden signal-caller Josh Kraght connected on 12 passes for nearly 200 yards and two TDs as Lynden outlasted W.F. West, 17-7.
Cascade Christian fended off a tough Montesano squad in 3OTs to grab a 29-28 win. Their reward is a date with Connell and do-everything senior Matt Hadley for the third consecutive season.
In Class 2B action it will be Waitsburg/Prescott taking on Morton/White Pass, while the 1B game will pit Almira Coulee Hartline against Neah Bay.
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