The Skyview offense posted its usual impressive statistics on Friday night.
Parker Henry rushed for more than 100 yards, Kieran McDonagh passed for more the 300 yards, and the Storm put 47 points on the scoreboard.
But it was the Skyview defense that set the tone in a Class 4A state preliminary game against Issaquah.
Skyview recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes on Issaquah’s first three possessions allowing the Storm’s offense to find its stride in a 47-17 win over the Eagles at Kiggins Bowl.
“That was our plan on defense,” senior receiver/defensive back Mo Morrison said. “To make plays, get turnovers and give the ball back to our offense.”
Issaquah drove to the Skyview 16 on its first drive. But a big hit forced a fumble at the 5, giving the ball to Skyview.
Later in the quarter, it was Morrison coming up with an interception at the Skyview 9 to halt another Issaquah drive. Then linebacker Jabari Marshall had another interception early in the second quarter at the Skyview 27.
“Mo Morrison had a big hit there, and the defense were getting turnovers, which just got everyone else fired up,” Henry said.
Both early interceptions set up touchdown runs by Henry, who finished with 123 yards on 19 carries.
“They were focused on stopping Parker,” McDonagh said. “But that just opened it up for everyone else, and we were able to spread things out.”
The Storm broke out in the second quarter, building a 24-0 halftime lead.
McDonagh completed 20 of 31 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Forrest Russell caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, Spencer Miles had three catches for 78 yards and a score, and Reiley Henderson had four catches for 66 yards.
“Everyone knows that Parker Henry is great back,” said Morrison, who caught three passes for 42 yards and two scores. “But we’ve got some pretty good receivers, too.”
Henry added: “They were stacking the box to stop the run. … Kieran made some great passes, and receiver made some nice plays.”
The defense even contributed to the scoring when Dylan Bratlie sacked Issaquah quarter back Ethan Kalin in the end zone for a safety, giving Skyview a 40-10 lead midway in the fourth quarter.
Skyview (8-2) will host the winner of Saturday’s Kentwood-Gig Harbor game in the 4A state first round next week.
“Issaquah is a good team, so this is a nice win for us,” Henry said. “But now, we’ve got to put it behind us and great ready for next week.”
Added Morrsion: “Our goal is to win a state championship, and this is just the first step.”
SKYVIEW 47, ISSAQUAH 17
Issaquah 0 0 3 14—17
Skyview 0 24 14 9—47
S — Parker Henry 11 run (Hayden Schuh kick)
S — Henry 6 run (Schuh kick)
S — Schuh 24 FG
S — Spencer Miles 12 pass from Kieran McDonagh (Schuh kick)
I — Alex Shane 30 FG
S — Forrest Russell 41 pass from McDonagh (Schuh kick)
S — Mo Morrison 9 pass from McDonagh
I — Ethan Kalin 1 run (Shane kick)
S — Safety, Dylan Bratlie tackles Katlin in end zone
S — Morrison 21 pass from McDonagh (Schuh kick)
I — Reed Peterson 57 pass from Kalin (Shane kick)
Rushing — Issaquah — Jack Gellatly 26-111, Kalin 13-45, Derek Chapman 1-3; Skyview — Henry 19-123, McDonagh 10-23, Jabari Marshall 2-15, CJ Vernon 4-4, Keauvay Jones 2-3, Team 2-(-3).
Passing — Issaquah — Kalin 14-34-2-219; Skyview — McDonagh 20-31-1-338.
Receiving — Issaquah — R. Peterson 3-98, Chapman 5-57, Charles Peterson 4-38, Gellatly 1-15, Kenneth Norton 1-11; Skyview — Russell 6-105, Miles 3-78, Reiley Henderson 4-66, Morrison 3-42, Henry 2-35, David Garlington 2-14.