The Kentwood football team probably thought it was in its Class 4A state first-round game Friday after trailing at halftime by a touchdown.
And the Conquerors probably thought they still had a chance after blocking a field goal in the fourth quarter.
But the Skyview Storm knew better.
After dominating the stat book in the first half, the Storm took control of the scoreboard in the second, rolling past Kentwood 34-7 on Friday night at Kiggins Bowl.
“We were just more physical up front,” Skyview quarterback Kieran McDonagh said. “We just knew we had to make plays, take control of the game and then give them a heavy dose of Parker Henry.”
Kentwood got that, as Henry finished with 182 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. But the Conquerors also got their fair share of McDonagh, who completed 20 of 24 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns.
Even with the Storm outgaining Kentwood 329-113 at halftime, Skyview only led 14-7.
McDonagh led a 71-yard drive to open the second half and give Skyview (9-2) a 21-7 lead on an 8-yard pass to Mo Morrison.
But the Storm’s lead remain 14 points into the fourth quarter after Kentwood blocked a Skyview field goal attempt.
That’s when the Skyview defense made the big play.
Forrest Russell intercepted a pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown, all but sealing Skyview’s victory.
“We practiced that play all week,” Russell said. “We knew they were going to run it. So I just read the quarterback’s eyes, jumped the route and took it to the house. It’s all about practice, practice, practice.”
It was also about a defense that clamped down on the Conquerors’ run game.
“This team is a lot like Issaquah,” linebacker Jabari Marshall said, referring to Skyview’s opponent last week. “Our plan was to shut down the run and make them pass it. That’s what happened.”
It also helps to have an offense that forces other teams to play catch up.
“Our offense is all about tempo,” Russell said. “We try to keep the pressure up and tire out the defense.”
Reiley Henderson caught seven passes for 117 yards and Russell had five catches for 91 yards on a near-perfect night from McDonagh.
The only downer for the senior was when left the game briefly in the second quarter after hurting his shoulder on a tackle.
“It’s just a little ding on the top of the shoulder,” McDonagh said. “I’ll be all right.”
The numbers will attest to that. He completed 15 of 18 passes for 173 yards after returning to the game.
Next up for the Storm is a quarterfinal matchup at Kiggins next weekend against either Edmonds-Woodway or Bellarmine Prep.
“I’m so, so excited right now,” Russell said. “I don’t care who we play. We’ve got to beat the best to get where we want to go. I’m just ready for another week of practice.”
SKYVIEW 34, KENTWOOD 7
Kentwood 0 7 0 0– 7
Skyview 14 0 7 13–34
S — Parker Henry 1 run (Hayden Schuh kick)
S — Henry 6 run (Schuh kick)
K — Jackson Huerta 42 fumble return (Mitchell Cox kick)
S — Mo Morrison 8 pass from Kieran McDonagh (Schuh kick)
S — Forrest Russell 47 interception return
S — Reiley Henderson 3 pass from McDonagh (kick blocked)
Rushing — Kentwood — Matt Hubbard 22-123, Dane Manio 14-44, Chance Kalua-Fuimaono 4-10. Skyview — Parker Henry 26-182, McDonagh 6-24, Jordan Berni 3-0.
Passing — Kentwood — Dane Manio 9-19-1-70. Skyview — McDonagh 20-24-0-319, Berni 1-2-0-14.
Receiving — Kentwood — Jonathan Ohashi 4-33, Jarrett Retz 4-14, Terance Grady 1-23. Skyview — Henderson 7-117, Russell 5-91, Spencer Miles 3-34, David Garlington 2-26, Morrsion 2-20, Henry 1-8, Jabari Marshall 1-7.