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Skyline goes to air to rout South Kitsap
Jake Heaps needed just a half to produce a stat line that most quarterbacks wish they could have for an entire game.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior completed 20 of 27 passes for 303 yards and seven touchdown passes to lead Skyline to a 63-14 win against South Kitsap in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Skyline (9-2) advances to the quarterfinals where it plays Curtis, while the Wolves (10-1) are eliminated from the playoffs.
South coach D.J. Sigurdson said before the game that his team would need to be efficient offensively to be successful. But the Wolves only gained one first down en route to the most points they allowed in a contest and their largest margin of defeat since a 65-7 loss against North Kitsap in 2004.
The Spartans had little difficulty moving the ball on the ground and through the air. Nick Washburn scored on a 2-yard run to finish their opening drive, while Heaps followed with a 2-yard pass to Connor Brandt and a 11-yard throw to Kasen Williams to take a 21-0 lead into the second quarter. Heaps, a Brigham Young commit, nearly was sacked on the last touchdown, but escaped before rolling left and hitting Williams.
"It's one thing that they have great receivers and an exceptional quarterback going in," Sigurdson said. "I just didn't anticipate us not being able to tackle Jake Heaps. There were so many plays that he got out of harms way and made a huge play downfield."
Skyline, which accumulated 18 first downs in the first half, did not slow down in the second quarter. Heaps opened the quarter with 10- and 4-yard touchdown passes to Williams to extend the Spartans' lead to 35-0. Williams had 108 yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions.
"We really wanted to work the intermediate and short passing game," Skyline coach Matt Taylor said. "We thought if we were successful at that it would be a good night."
Both teams played match-the-touchdown briefly. South needed just one play when quarterback Gordy Anderson threw a short pass to wide receiver Isaiah Davis, who outraced a couple of Skyline defenders for a 77-yard touchdown. But the Spartans, buoyed by a pass interference call on third-and-13 at their own 39-yard line, drove 70 yards in eight plays to score when Heaps found Williams for a 20-yard touchdown.
"Jake was on point tonight for sure," Taylor said.
The Wolves answered quickly again when Leon La Deaux took the kickoff back for an 85-yard touchdown.
"It was not like we were going to come rushing back and score 50 unanswered points or anything," Sigurdson said. "But let's just keep fighting and you never known."
But there was no response after that as Heaps closed the half with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandt and a 31-yard score to Jordan Simone. The 35 points were the most Skyline has scored in a quarter this season as it took a 56-14 lead into halftime.
"Their line — both sides of the ball — is just amazing," South running back Robert Issa said. "It's so powerful and fast. They have receivers; they have a quarterback. They have everything."
The Spartans inserted several backups in the second half, but added one more touchdown on a 7-yard run by Kai Jandoc in the third period. Their 63 points were the most they have scored in a game this season, exceeding the 55 they produced against Garfield and Newport in 4A KingCo Crest Division games.
It also marked the largest margin of victory for Skyline in 26 state games since 2000. The Spartans' previous best came in a 49-6 win against Federal Way in last year's state opener.
"That's as complete a game that we've played this season," Taylor said. "But there are still areas to improve in."
The margin of defeat also was the worst for South in 51 state playoffs games dating back to 1980. The Wolves previous worst was a 49-13 loss against Central Valley of Spokane in the 1997 state championship game.
"I really wanted to show better," Sigurdson said. "And I wanted our kids to show better than that."
Class 4A first round state playoff game
At Mount Tahoma High School
Skyline 63, South Kitsap 14
Skyline 21 35 7 0 — 63
South Kitsap 0 14 0 0 — 14
S: Nick Washburn 2 run (Sean Penberthy kick)
S: Connor Brandt 6 pass from Jake Heaps (Penberthy kick)
S: Kasen Williams 11 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
S: Williams 10 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
S: Williams 4 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
SK: Isaiah Davis 77 pass from Gordy Anderson (Aaron La Deaux kick)
S: Williams 20 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
SK: Leon La Deaux 85 kickoff return (A. La Deaux kick)
S: Brandt 5 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
S: Jordan Simone 31 pass from Heaps (Penberthy kick)
S: Kai Jandoc 7 run (Shawn McDonald kick)