Spartans erase early deficit, headed to KingCo title game
Skyline was tested early against Issaquah, but scored four straight touchdowns in the third quarter including a backbreaking recovery of a fumbled punt in the end zone to get the 30-17 win over their district rivals and once again head to the 4A KingCo title game as Crown Division champions.
Jack Neary got the Eagles in the end zone first on a deep strike to Derek Chapman and Issaquah took a 10-3 lead into the halftime locker room behind an inspired defensive effort that included a Tommy Nelson interception.
But the Spartans wasted little time taking control out of the break, using a Kilton Anderson touchdown pass to Derek Loville to pull within a point before taking the lead on touchdown runs from Chandler Wong and Rashaad Boddie.
Neary got his team in the end zone once more through the air in the fourth, but it was not enough to overcome the third quarter barrage from the Spartans.
Skyline and Bothell will play for the 4A KingCo title next week with both having already locked up a postseason berth, while Issaquah will face Redmond for one the conference’s five spots to the round of 32.
Eastlake handles Redmond to take second seed
The Wolves won their fourth straight and third straight in Crest Division play, 50-14 over rival Redmond, to finish as the second seed headed to the crossover round.
Eastlake wasted little time jumping on the Mustangs, scoring less than two minutes into the game and taking a 21-0 lead to the half behind a pair of Drew Lewis touchdowns.
It will be a matchup with Roosevelt for the Wolves next week with a spot in the round of 32 on the line.
Crusaders wallop Blanchet
Eastside Catholic rebounded from last week’s loss to O’Dea in a major way, thrashing Blanchet 41-12 at home behind three Harley Kirsch touchdowns.
The Crusaders will play for Metro League seeding to the round of 32 in a loser-out game next week.