Spartans shutout Knights

Newport shows promise in the final 24 minutes of regulation

Not even a lopsided defeat to the Skyline Spartans in the second week of the high school football season could put a damper on the spirits of Newport first-year head coach Drew Oliver. Skyline (2-0 overall) built a 42-0 lead and cruised to a 49-0 victory against the Newport (1-1 overall) on Sept. 12 in Sammamish.

The Knights couldn’t recover from four lost fumbles and two interceptions in the first half. Newport’s high octane rushing attack was stymied by Skyline’s swarming defense. Despite the first half woes, Newport came out fighting in the second half and surrendered just one touchdown in the final 24 minutes of play.

“There is a whole lot of season left for us The challenge at halftime was figuring out about ourselves as competitors. These guys answered the bell,” Oliver said.

Oliver was glad to see his team not fold despite getting blown out by a substantial margin.

“A game like this can have one of two effects on a team. Obviously it can rip a team apart and destroy them going forward or it can really bring a team together,” Oliver said. “I think it will bring us together. I was proud of our guys for coming out and competing.”

Skyline’s offense was clicking on all cylinders. Spartans’ junior running back Rashaad Boddie had four rushing touchdowns and quarterback Blake Gregory connected with wide receivers Derek Loville on a 14-yard touchdown reception and Danny Sinatro on a 17-yard touchdown catch. Gregory scored on a 1-yard touchdown as well to round out the scoring parade. Skyline head coach Mat Taylor was ecstatic following his team’s dominating showing against Newport.

“It was incredible. Our kids totally bought in to the discipline that we preached all week. Newport is a great football team and I couldn’t be more proud of the way the kids played football,” Taylor said. “It was pretty impressive. It was awesome.”

Newport will host the formidable Bothell Cougars in a KingCo 4A matchup at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.

“This is the KingCo 4A. It doesn’t get any easier,” Oliver said. “We go from the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked team (Skyline) in the state to the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked team (Bothell) in the state or vice versa. It is going to be a tough game.”

Shaun Scott 425-453-5045; sscott@bellevuereporter.com

 


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Washington scrambles to boost supply of life-saving protective items for healthcare workers

State officials say they had to be “creative” to obtain protective equipment in global demand.

Gov. Jay Inslee discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response during a press conference on Thursday, March 26. Screenshot
Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19

Slight decrease in rate of new coronavirus cases, but residents must continue to hunker down.

At St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, a patient is taken from an ambulance through a small door marked “decontamination” on March 23. It was unclear whether the patient was suspected of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing)
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Washington’s virus-related death toll surpasses 129 as of Wednesday, March 25.

Former Kent pro soccer team owner to face Kirkland rape charge

Dion Earl extradited from Arizona while doing time for sexual assault

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System on March 17. KCLS announced March 13 that it would be closed until April at earliest in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo
KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic

KCLS is dedicating more time and content to digital services while unable to open its physical locations.

POLICE BLOTTER

Police Captain assaulted after attempting to arrest hit-and-run suspect.

BPD arrests man on Washington’s Most Wanted

Daniel Alvarez has a history of eluding law enforcement.

King County suspends work release program

Effort taken to reduce jail population for safety of everyone during COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read