Max Browne Shines, Top-ranked QB's Clash as Skyline (Wa.) Beats Cottonwood (Ut.) 57-25

By Jake Boyle

The visiting Skyline (Wa.) Spartans and top-ranked quarterback Max Browne were  unwelcome guests as they demolished the Cottonwood (Ut.) Colts 57-25 on Friday.  Browne, who committed to USC in April, faced off against fellow top-ranked quarterback Cooper Bateman, an Alabama commit himself, in a clash of the QB titans.

Browne, a four or five-star recruit depending on who you ask, threw for 387 yards and three touchdowns against a desperate Cottonwood defense.  The renowned pocket passer showed flashes of athleticism as he also added a rushing touchdown to his total.  His night was highlighted by a 73-yard touchdown pass to possible Colorado or Oregon State wide receiver recruit Nic Sblendorio.  The 6-5, 215 pound Browne is ESPN’s 18th ranked recruit nationwide and committed to USC over Alabama, Oklahoma and California, amongst others.

Bateman, the other top-ranked quarterback playing Friday, had a less memorable night for Cottonwood.  Despite 254 yards passing and rushing for two touchdowns, the usually risk-free Bateman also threw two interceptions.  His first came on Cottonwood’s second possession when he overthrew his target.  It was returned 37 yards for a Skyline touchdown.  Bateman is Alabama’s top quarterback recruit, but he’ll need a much more consistent effort if he plans on contributing for Nick Saban‘s Crimson Tide.  The 6-3, 196 top-ranked quarterback committed to Alabama in May.

Skyline plays host to Couer d’Alene (Id.) next Saturday, while Cottonwood hosts Bingham (Ut.) on Friday.

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