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Mad Max, Spartans, too much for Cougars

  • Written by Don Mann
Bothell Football
Staff Photo/Don Mann. Skyline quarterback Max Browne, far right, slides untouched into the end zone for the Spartans’ second touchdown. Browne would throw four TDs.
In his only appearance ever at Pop Keeney Stadium, Skyline quarterback Max Browne showed what the fuss is all about.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound USC-bound senior slinger put on quite a show, completing 23 of 28 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Spartans (now 9-0) dissected Bothell 34-7 Thursday in the KingCo 4A title game.

Browne, who also ran one in for a score in a first half blitzkrieg that put the game on ice early, now has passed for 29 TDs on the season with three interceptions.

Skyline’s Chase Premone returned the opening kickoff 83 yards down to the Bothell 8, and one play later Browne found Peter Stromgren wide open on a slant for the first salvo.

It was 7-0 with only 20 ticks taken off the clock. After a Cougar three-and-out, the Spartans quickly marched 69 yards and Browne rolled in untouched from four yards out to make it 14-0.

On its next possession Skyline scored on six plays for a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

They scored again on its next series with Browne firing darts in all directions and then were forced to punt for the first time.

The punt was fumbled by Bothell and Skyline recovered. Five plays later Browne’s corner fade to Nic Sblendorio on third-and-goal from the 19 was a thing of beauty and it was 34-0 with 15 seconds remaining in the first half.

Late in the fourth quarter, with Skyline’s twos and threes in the game, Bothell’s Sam McPherson scored on a 6-yard run to avoid a shutout.

The Cougars, having won five straight, played without 1,255-yard running back Danny Wilson, who was out with an injured foot. He’s expected to be back next week.

Darrin Laufasa paced the Cougar run game with 50 yards on 12 carries.

Sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers was 14-24 for 159 yards and an interception. Will McIntyre made nine catches for 105 yards.

Skyline did not commit a turnover. Bothell (5-4) now plays Curtis in the quad-district playoff round of 32 either Friday or Saturday, day and time still to be determined at press time.

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