Semifinal preview: Camas vs. Skyline


Skyline (12-0) vs. Camas (12-0)

When, where: 1 p.m., Tacoma Dome.

Last week: Skyline beat Roosevelt 54-21; Camas beat Federal Way 65-32.

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TV: ROOT Sports (tape delayed at 4 p.m.)

Skyline notes: This is the eighth time in nine years Skyline has reached the state semifinals (seven times as 4A school, once, in 2007, as a 3A school). The Spartans are 7-0 in semifinal games since 2004. … Skyline has won six state titles (four at 4A, two at 3A) since 2000. … The Spartans are led by QB Max Browne, who has thrown for 3,754 yards this season (227 for 317) and 41 TDs against 4 interceptions. The 6-5, 215-pound senior is the top-rated prep quarterback in the country and has committed to USC. … RB Cedric Cooper, a transfer from Foster, leads the rushing game. He rushed for 192 yards last week against Roosevelt. It was his second 100-yard game, the other coming against Issaquah (164). … Skyline has four receivers with more than 625 receiving yards: Nic Sblendorio (857), Andrew Giese (710), Matt Sinatro (648), Trevor Barney (625). … LB Peyton Pelluer, a Washington State recruit, leads the defense and helps limit the running game. … Skyline has outscored opponents 51-16, scoring 615 and allowing 186.

Camas notes: Camas was ranked No. 3 in the final AP 4A poll. …. The Papermakers are led by co-offensive players of the year RB Nate Beasley and WR Zach Eagle. Beasley has rushed for 1,303 yards on 174 carries (7.07 per carry) with 23 TDs. He had a season-high 249 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries last week. After rushing for more than 100 yards once in the regular season, Beasley has rushed for 178, 119 and 249 in the postseason. … Eagle has 62 catches for 850 yards and 7 TDs. QB Reilly Hennessey passed for 2,495 yards (on 167-for-265 passing) for 24 TDs. … The defense is led by league defensive player of the year John Norcross. Camas also likes to run Norcross out of the Wildcat formation near the end zone. He has 14 TDs on 29 carries, including two last week … Camas has outscored opponents 51-16 this season. … The Papermakers also have a big weapon in K Roldan Alcobendas. The senior had 10 touchbacks in last week’s win over Federal Way. Alcobendas also has a 51-yard field goal to his credit this season.

Columbian’s take: On paper, with its tradition and highly touted QB, Skyline appears to be the team of 2012. Camas, with its roster of talented juniors, may the team of 2013. But last week’s game showed the Papermakers could be ready to stake their claim this season. Skyline has had tendencies to start slowly. Another slow start could provide Camas with an opportunity to score a win few would have given the Papermakers a shot at even a few weeks ago. Prediction: Camas 27-24

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