Skyline's Max Browne piles up awards, records | Football Notebook
The state's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row is one of six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year national award.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TACOMA — The awards and records keep piling up for Skyline quarterback Max Browne.
Last week, Browne was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The national winner will be announced this month.
He is also one of six national finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, to be announced in January.
In the first quarter of the Class 4A championship game Saturday night, Browne became the state's career passing leader when he hit Cedric Cooper for a 13-yard gain. DeSales' Brian Lindgren previously held the mark with 12,575 yards.
Browne entered Saturday's game with 4,142 passing yards and 45 touchdowns this season. He had completed 73.4 percent, with four interceptions.
Browne is the third Skyline player named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state.
Rising from ashes
Montesano's Bulldogs are no strangers to adversity. After starting the season 1-2, the grandstands at the Bulldogs' field burned to the ground. From the ashes, Montesano won its final 11 games and beat Royal 43-28 for the Class 1A state title.
"The whole community in Monte has been there and we just keep fighting for them," Bulldogs running back Elliot Mendenhall said.
Coach Terry Jensen used a metaphor to motivate his team after the fire.
"We could either be bailing the water off the ship and getting it upright, or be like the rats on the ship and jump off," he said. "Our kids chose to start bailing."
Josh Kraght to Zac Vis — it's been a proven connection for Lynden for three seasons.
They closed out spectacular careers in a 41-7 victory over Tumwater in the 2A championship game. The two hooked up nine times for 271 yards (a receiving record) and three touchdowns (tying the championship-game receiving record).
"Josh and I have great chemistry," said Vis, who missed the first five games of the season with a broken collarbone, "and ever since our sophomore years we knew we had something special with us."
Kraght left early in the fourth quarter with 376 passing yards, 14 shy of the record. The Lions threw for 401 yards, bettering the previous mark of 392 by Prosser in 2008 — against Lynden.
• Bellevue LB Myles Jack has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio. His selection will be officially announced at an assembly at the school on Dec. 7. Jack finished the season with 21 sacks. He had three tackles, one for a loss, in Bellevue's 35-3 win against Mount Si Friday night.
• Tumwater QB Jayden Croft, a junior, is the grandson of longtime Thunderbirds coach Sid Otton.
Times staff reporters Sandy Ringer and Pete Treperinas
contributed to this report.