Skyline's Max Browne completing the job | Football Notebook
Skyline QB Max Browne's completion percentage of 73.8 this season would rank third all-time nationally.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Complete performanceSKYLINE QB MAX BROWNE has completed 73.8 percent of his passes this season. The top five all-time percentages:
75.2: Dano Graves, Folsom, Calif., 2009
75.1: Tim Couch, Leslie County, Ky., 1994
73.7: Corey Robinson, Lone Oak, Ky., 2007
73.2: Garrett Grayson, Heritage (Vancouver), 2009
73.0: Nick Isham, Westlake Village, Calif., 2010
Source: National Federation of State High School Associations
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After a 23-of-28 performance in a 59-17 win against Puyallup on Saturday, Skyline quarterback Max Browne has completed 73.8 percent of his passes this season.
That would rank third nationally for the highest percentage in a season, behind only California's Dano Graves (75.2 percent) and Kentucky's Tim Couch (75.1 percent), according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Browne has completed 200 of 271 this season, with 33 touchdowns. In his last two games, he is 43 of 53 (81 percent) for 730 yards.
He is Washington's career leader in completions, passing former Prosser and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. Browne also passed Moore for second on the state's career list for passing yards. He has 11,592, only 983 behind DeSales' Brian Lindgren.
Joyner dangerous both ways for M-P
Marysville-Pilchuck running back Austin Joyner has rushed for 1,695 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 14.5 yards per carry this season.
But some think he might be an even better safety.
"I don't disagree with that," said coach Brandon Carson, whose 10th-ranked Tomahawks play Timberline Saturday night in Lacey.
Joyner, a sophomore, only started playing defense about Week 3. But against Oak Harbor on Oct. 19, he had 21 tackles and a game-saving interception.
Last Saturday, he rushed for 205 yards, had 39 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns in the Tomahawks' 42-7 win against Mountain View of Vancouver.
Carson said Joyner is a future Division-I college athlete.
"He's got speed to break away from you, he's also a powerful runner and he can make you miss," Carson said. "He's deadly."
One night, two RBs, one battle for record
Last Friday, Blaine's Mario Gobbato carried 57 times for 480 yards in a 50-20 loss to Cedar Park Christian of Bothell. Gobbato appeared to have smashed the state record of 471 yards, set by Steilacoom's Danny Wilm in 2003 and equaled by Hazen's Easton Johnson in 2005.
Yet the night produced a twist: In Yakima, Eisenhower's Branden Curtis was on his way to gaining 481 yards on 45 carries against Davis, surpassing even Gobbato's effort.
According to Washington football historian David Maley, Gobbato finished the season with 2,661 yards, eight shy of his output last year and 20 short of the state record set last year by Interlake's Jordan Todd (2,681 yards).
Gobbato holds the fourth- and fifth-best season rushing marks in Washington history. He's the only player listed twice in the top 10.
Federal Way weapons returning
Chico McClatcher, one of Federal Way's biggest weapons, is expected be back Friday when the second-ranked Eagles play SPSL South rival Rogers of Puyallup.
McClatcher, a sophomore receiver/return specialist who has scored 14 TDs and averages nearly 250 all-purpose yards, has been ill the last two weeks.
Two other key players who missed last week's game for violations of a team rule, Mike Tate and Rod Jones Jr., will also return, according to coach John Meagher.
Federal Way beat Rogers 41-14 on Aug. 31 in the season opener.
Auburn fine with Friday travel
Auburn makes its longest road trip of the season — by far — to open the state playoffs, traveling to Wenatchee Friday to face Eastmont at 7 p.m.
Despite the long trek, coach Gordon Elliott said he is happy the game wasn't scheduled on Saturday.
"Keeps us on a regular schedule," he said, also noting there is a large marching-band event at Auburn Memorial Stadium Saturday that would limit access to the locker rooms.
The team leaves at 12:30 p.m., stopping in Cashmere for a pregame meal.
• Conor Plaisance threw for 508 yards in Jackson's 56-34 win against Tahoma last week. That's the fifth-highest total in Washington history. Plaisance has thrown for 2,779 yards and 29 touchdowns this season.
• Mount Si receiver and defensive back Trent Riley's 19 touchdowns set a school record.
• Kentwood kicker Mitchell Cox made 14 of 17 field-goal attempts this season, seventh most in state history.
• Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff is 46-2 in the postseason.
• Bothell RB Danny Wilson returned Saturday after missing one game with an injury and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-3 win against Curtis.
Times staff reporter Sandy Ringer
contributed to this report.