Skyview’s dream is still alive because Parker Henry turned into a nightmare for the Bellarmine Prep Lions.
Henry rushed for 233 yards — 189 and four touchdowns in the second half — to lead the Storm to a 42-17 win over the Lions from Tacoma in a Class 4A state quarterfinal Saturday at Kiggins Bowl.
“This feels great,” senior lineman Riley Bockmier said. “We’ve dreamt about this since our freshman year. If this is a dream, I don’t want to wake up.”
The dream is alive because Skyview’s offense woke up in the second half.
“We were just too tight in the first half,” Skyview coach Steve Kizer said. “That’s what we told the kids at halftime. You can’t play not to lose.”
After Bellarmine Prep took a 17-14 lead with 7:57 left in the third quarter, that’s when Henry and the offensive line took over.
“I can’t say enough about the job the offensive line did tonight,” Henry said. “They just took over the game in the second half.”
The Storm scored the final 28 points of the game — all on touchdown runs by Henry. Henry’s pounded the Lions, gaining yards after the initial hit.
“When you see (Henry) running that hard, it just makes everyone on the offensive line want to work harder,” lineman Dylan Bratlie said. “It really got us fired up and motivated us to give our best on every play.”
Kizer said: “Heck, I got fired up watching Parker run. The coaches got fired up, the fans gots fired, the band got fired up, and the sports writers got fired up.”
Skyview will face Lake Stevens in the state semifinals next weekend in Tacoma. It is Skyview’s second trip to the semifinals in school history.
The game started as a defensive battle as neither team scored in their first two possessions.
But Bellarmine Prep took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and extended it to 10-0 on a 23-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the half.
And that’s when Skyview got rolling. Quarterback Kieran McDonagh completed two passes on the Storm’s next possession, including a 62-yard catch-and-run by David Garlington to pull Skyview within 10-7.
“We were just making too many mental mistakes in the first half, and we weren’t as fired up as we needed to be,” Garlington said. “In the second half, we pulled all together and went all out.”
Skyview opened the second half by driving 68 yards on seven plays to take its first lead on a 22-yard touchdown reception by Mo Morrison.
The Lions countered with their own 62-yard drive to reclaim the lead 17-14. An interception on Skyview’s next possession put Bellarmine Prep in position to take control.
But that’s when the Skyview defense stepped up. Up to that point, Bellarmine’s Isaiah Flynn had 139 yards rushing on 27 carries. He would finish the game with 28 more yards on five carries.
“The defensive line really did a great job of stepping up and stopping the run,” Garlington said.
Skyview forced the Lions to turn the ball over on downs on that possession. And the Storm turned the game over to Henry.
From that point, Henry would rush for 175 yards on 24 carries and scored four TDs.
Skyview tallied 536 yards of offense against the Lions. And now the Storm are rolling to the Tacoma Dome.
“It feels amazing,” Bratlie said. “We’ve been dreaming about getting to the Dome since we lost to Auburn (in the state playoffs) last year. And now, it’s a reality.”
SKYVIEW 42, BELLARMINE PREP 17
Bellarmine 0 10 7 0–17
Skyview 0 7 14 21–42
BP — Michael Rector 8 pass from Sefo Liufau (Ryan Lester kick)
BP — Lester 23 FG
S — David Garlington 62 pass from Kieran McDonagh (Hayden Schuh kick)
S — Mo Morrison 22 pass from McDonagh (Schuh kick)
BP — Liufau 4 run (Lester kick)
S — Henry 2 run (Schuh kick)
S — Henry 8 run (Schuh kick)
S — Henry 6 run (Schuh kick)
S — Henry 6 run (Schuh kick)
Rushing — Bellaramine Prep: Isaiah Flynn 32-167, Liufau 8-44; Skyview: Henry 33-235, McDonagh 9-22, C.J. Vernon 3-13.
Passing — Bellarmine Prep: Liufau 10-28-2-124; Skyview — McDonagh 15-27-1-266.
Receiving — Bellarmine Prep: Calvin Chandler 5-64, Brandon Thompson 2-48, Rector 2-31, Flynn 1-(-19); Skyview: Garlington 3-84, Reiley Henderson 4-82, Morrison 3-48, Schuh 1-20, Jabari Marshall 1-16, Spencer Miles 1-12, Forrest Russell 1-2, Henry 1-2.