Knights meet Skyline with Crest Division at stake | Prep football news

Isaac Dotson has his team in position for a banner win this week against Skyline.  - Courtesy Photo, Gary Makowski
Isaac Dotson has his team in position for a banner win this week against Skyline.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo, Gary Makowski

When Newport hosts unbeaten and top-ranked Skyline Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that will decide the Crest Division champion in 4A KingCo, the goal for the Knights will be an obvious one: slow down Max Browne and the Spartans offense.

Skyline has scored no fewer than 57 points in any of its last five games, all blowout wins, and hung 71 in week three against two-time defending Idaho 5A state champion Coeur d’Alene.

Browne has already thrown for more than 1,900 yards this year to go with 20 touchdowns against only three interceptions. Eight players have caught ten or more passes from Browne, and 11 have scored touchdowns through the air.

Nic Sblendorio and Matt Sinatro have been Browne's favorite targets and have combined for 744 yards and ten scores.

If Newport has any hope of pulling the upset and punching its ticket to the league title game, it starts and ends with containing Browne and a diverse Skyline passing game.

For the Spartans, the test will come in the form of Newport senior quarterback Isaac Dotson.

Since amassing only two rushing touchdowns and no passing scores in the first two games of the year, both losses for the Knights, the dual-threat Nevada commit has 17 touchdowns (eight rushing, nine passing), including a pair of six score performances in wins over Woodinville and Ballard.

Newport may need that kind of game out of Dotson to leave with a win over a Skyline team that seems to be poised for another run to the state title game, which would be their sixth consecutive appearance.

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