Bellevue's Myles Jack and Skyline's Max Browne, who led their football teams to state championships this season, share The Seattle Times State Player of the Year honors.
Other great players had great seasons. Other candidates had strong resumes and plenty of backing from coaches.
But in the search for The Seattle Times High School Football Players of the Year, finding the right selections didn’t take long. Skyline’s Max Browne and Bellevue’s Myles Jack proved all season that they were above and beyond the rest.
Browne, a USC recruit, torched the state record book. He passed for more than 4,000 yards all three years he started and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio this season of nearly 10-1.
Teams tried blitzing him, and he quickly dumped off the ball. Teams tried dropping seven and eight defenders in coverage, and he patiently waited until a hole, however small, revealed itself.
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Jack, a UCLA recruit, terrorized opposing offenses off the edge, piling up 21 sacks and eliminating half the field. At times, teams simply couldn’t block him. He also had a knack for big plays on offense, scoring a 95-yard touchdown run in the Class 3A state championship game.
He was, according to those who played against him, the state’s most dominant defensive force.
Browne and Jack both played on talented teams that featured high-level high-school players and guys who will continue playing football in college. And yet, more often than not, they still distinguished themselves as the best players on the field.