Skyline wins 4A football title

Spartans knocked off Camas in semifinals



TACOMA — Max Browne threw for a record-setting 384 yards and four touchdowns to help Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep 49-24 for its second consecutive Class 4A championship on Saturday night.

The USC-bound Browne completed 21 of 28 passes with one interception as he broke the title-game yardage mark of 374 set by Puyallup’s Billy Joe Hobert in 1987 and the TD record of three, held by nine players. He also set the total offense record with 403 yards.

Skyline (14-0) won its fourth championship in five years and tied the title-game record for most points.

Sefo Liufau, a Colorado recruit, threw for three touchdowns and broke title-game records with 33 completions and 45 attempts for Bellarmine Prep (12-2), which was playing in its first championship game.

Liufau passed for 376 yards and had 390 total yards. Garrett McKay had 11 receptions for 128 yards, Drew Griffin 10 for 117 and Calvin Chandler 10 for 95.

But this game belonged to the 6-foot-5 Browne. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 259 yards and three TDs in the first half to help Skyline to a 32-10 halftime lead. He passed DeSales’ Brian Lindgren as the state’s career passing leader, finishing with 12,951 yards.

Browne led the no-huddle Spartans to scores on all five possessions in the opening half and had a streak of 12 straight completions. He completed 7 of 7 passes for 64 yards during a 90-yard drive in the second quarter to set up Cedric Cooper’s 3-yard touchdown run to make it 20-3.

Skyline receiver Trevor Barney had 10 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. Matt Sinatro had four catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

Browne cooled off a bit in the third quarter with two incomplete passes and an interception on the first two possessions. But he bounced back with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Sinatro to put Skyline up 42-17 after three quarters.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Browne threw a 31-yard pass to Sinatro. He went to the bench late in the game.

Sean McDonald kicked field goals of 49 and 35 yards for Skyline.