Something clicked in Skyline’s locker room at halftime.
There was a lot at stake Friday night, with the winner advancing to play for the KingCo 4A title and an automatic playoff berth. In the end, Skyline came out winning 30-17 over Issaquah.
But at halftime, it was still anyone’s game, and Issaquah was showing that it wasn’t just going to give the Crown Division title up. Through the first half, Issaquah held strong, leading Skyline 10-7 at the half.
“We felt good at halftime, obviously,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “But I was disappointed with how we came out in the third.”
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Skyline quarterback Kilton Anderson noted after the game Issaquah’s intensity in the first half.
“They came out and popped us in the mouth,” Anderson said.
But in the third quarter, Skyline came out swinging, and Issaquah proved to be its own worst enemy, allowing Skyline to take control of the game through fumble recoveries and sacks.
Anderson went 12-for-21 passing for 199 yards, two passing touchdowns and two interceptions, and 65 yards rushing on 10 carries.
The big Skyline playmakers, though, were running backs Rashaad Boddie and Chandler Wong, who were workhorses, running for a combined 131 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown each.
Although only running at about 75 percent due to being “banged up,” according to Skyline coach Mat Taylor, Boddie and Wong were the trusted ball carriers throughout the game.
“I can trust him,” Anderson said of Wong, who took the bulk of the Skyline carries. “He’s a brother.”
Skyline’s offensive weapons like Anderson, Wong and Boddie were helped by some big plays by the Spartans’ defense in the second half. Issaquah quarterback Jack Neary was sacked four times in a row, Skyline recovered a fumbled punt by Issaquah in the end zone for a touchdown, and Issaquah couldn’t quite get its run game started.
On Thursday, Taylor had noted how important it was going to be to keep Issaquah power running back Jack Gellatly in check.
Friday, Skyline did just that, keeping Gellatly to just 36 yards rushing on 14 carries.
“We felt like we left some plays on the field,” Bennett said.