SAMMAMISH – Going against his former defensive coordinator from 2012, Skyline football coach Mat Taylor knew his counterpart would know his every move.
That meant the normally pass-happy Spartans would likely have to turn to the run against rival Eastlake and its new coach Don Bartel, the Spartans defensive coordinator a season ago.
That meant a “chess match” would ensue.
Skyline had the right piece in the game as Rashaad Boddie, a transfer from Clayton, N.C., set a school record with a 96-yard touchdown run as the fourth-ranked Spartans squelched No. 8 Eastlake in KingCo 4A Conference play on Friday night at Skyline High School.
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“I’m still learning about the Spartan, Skyline thing,” Boddie said.
Boddie’s learning it’s a lot about winning.
Boddie, a bruising 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore, piled up 151 yards rushing and two TDs on eight carries before exiting the game at halftime. Boddie injured his right ankle at the end of his record-breaking 96-yard jaunt down the left sideline after big defensive stand against the Wolves (2-1).
Boddie eclipsed the old mark set by Gino Simone in 2008 by cutting outside to cover a field of green and give the Spartans (2-1) a 21-0 lead with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left before halftime.
“Before this (ankle injury) my night was great,” Boddie said, pointing at his injured right ankle that put him on crutches and on the sidelines with his ankle on ice for the second half. “I just had to trust my O-line. I just had to trust myself to get as many yards as I could with our team backed up like that.
“I was already in the end zone and I was just grabbed. He twisted my leg, so I had to twist it along with him. It’s just a bruise.”
Boddie’s first TD run — a 17-yarder — might have been more gutty as he bulled up the middle and carried a caravan of Wolves players with him into the end zone over the final 10 yards for a 14-0 lead at the 7:34 mark of the second quarter.
“I think his first touchdown was more impressive, but that (second TD) was special,” said Taylor. “We are just trying to find our identity. We came into this game, and we had to run the football. For this week, we weren’t going to put the square peg in a round hole. We’ll be Skyline and throw.
“But we knew this would be the ultimate chess match. He was probably over there saying, ‘Mat’s gotta throw it. He’s itching to throw it.’ ”
Taylor said he thought Boddie would be out at least a week, and that the team didn’t know if it was a high-ankle sprain or bone bruise.
This year’s matchup of two schools on the Sammamish Plateau had an added twist of former Skyline assistant Bartel on the other sideline.
“All week, it was just a weird feeling,” Taylor said. “Not only is he a former coach with me, but one of my very best friends. We go back 10, 11 years and we started coaching together in 2002, and he went to Wazzu (Washington State). Another assistant over there, Kyle Snell, played for me.
“So, it’s bittersweet. I have so much respect for them.”
After the Spartans went ahead 21-0 — and lost Boddie — Eastlake put together long drives but only one paid off. The lone scoring drive, a nine-play, 61-yard march, ended with Justin McOmber crashing into the end zone on a 4-yard run with 2:53 to go in the third quarter. That made it 21-6 as the PAT was wide left.
Skyline got on the scoreboard with 2:47 left in the first quarter on Chandler Wong’s 1-yard TD plunge, capping a six-play, 17-yard drive. The score came after the second of two Cole Blackburn interceptions.
A thirty-minute delay due to lightning halted the game at the end of the first quarter.
Skyline outgained Eastlake 345-230 in total offense.
The Spartans rushed for 286 yards with quarterback Kilton Anderson adding 13 carries for 68 yards and Wong 15 totes for 67 yards.
Eastlake dual-threat quarterback Blue Thomas ran for 66 yards on 16 attempts and hit 11 of 25 passes for 113 yards, but threw three interceptions.