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KingCo 4A roundup: Skyline survives scare, Eastlake

Posted Friday, October 28, 2005 by Gene Dales

Friday, October 28, 2005

KingCo 4A roundup: Skyline survives scare, Eastlake

By Michael Ko
Seattle Times
staff reporter

SAMMAMISH — For a few agonizing minutes, Skyline's quest for a perfect season didn't seem to matter so much.

On a wild, wet and gusty night atop the Sammamish plateau, second-ranked Skyline capped an undefeated regular season, surviving a sloppy start and a frantic fourth-quarter charge to beat eighth-ranked Eastlake 35-19 and win the KingCo 4A Conference football championship.

But last night's joy was dampened considerably by the biggest scare of Skyline's season. Spartans quarterback Jason Harris, who leads the league with 1,938 yards passing and 25 TDs, was knocked out cold late in the third quarter.

On a second-and-long in Eastlake territory, Harris dropped back to pass. An Eastlake linebacker blitzed up the middle and hit Harris square in the upper chest. The two fell back and Harris' head appeared to whiplash hard against the artificial turf.

Harris lay motionless for a few minutes, and medics were called. But the senior sat up and slowly walked off the field under his own power.

Skyline coach Steve Gervais said Harris remembered everything that happened, and "just went numb out there."

"We were a little unhappy about it," said Skyline receiver Tony Chidiac. "Obviously, nobody likes to see a leader like Jason go down."

Skyline was stunned. Eastlake took advantage.

Trailing 35-7, the Wolves (8-1) scrambled back. Running back Ryan Manougian scored on a 7-yard run, Eastlake recovered an onside kick and scored again, on a 24-yard pass from Tanor Johnson to Jared Fagan, Johnson's second scoring toss of the night.

Eastlake's defense forced a fumble on the ensuing series. The ring of fans surrounding the field howled. But the Wolves didn't score again.

If anyone figured to solve Skyline's explosive aerial attack, scoring more than 46 points per game, it should have been Gene Dales. Eastlake's first-year coach was Skyline's defensive coordinator the past four years before taking over his own program, a mile down the street.

But with the district playoffs starting next week — Skyline (9-0) is the top seed in Sea-King 4A District — the secret remains intact.

Before his concussion, Harris completed 12 of 21 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 91 yards and another score. Chidiac caught five passes for 131 yards and two TDs, including a 59-yarder that split the safeties. Zack Schrader made an over-the-shoulder catch for a 30-yard score.

The Wolves, who entered the game rushing for 196.8 yards per game, could only scratch out 28 yards of offense and a single first down in the first half while committing 44 yards in penalties.

"We started off thinking we could run the ball against their front," said Dales, whose team is Sea-King District No. 2 seed and hosts a playoff game next weekend. "But they pretty much put a whuppin' on us in the first half."

Eastlake is District 2's No. 2 seed and hosts a district playoff game next weekend.

Michael Ko: 206-515-5653 or mko@seattletimes.com

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