"It doesn't get any better," Bomber told reporters. "I'm not saying my career wouldn't have been complete (without his third title), but it makes it so much sweeter. You can't top it."
HALLIDAY PASSED FOR 254 YARDS VS. SKYLINE
Both Halliday and Heaps threw for 254 yards. Halliday was 26-of-44 with 3 TDs and 2 INTs. Heaps was 15-of-25 for 4 TDs and no INTs.
For the season, Halliday had a whopping 4,177 passing yards, 43 TDs and 13 INTs.
Ferris finishes at 10-4. The Saxons' run through the state playoffs was an unlikely one. They finished the regular season tied for third in the Greater Spokane League, but only because of an improbable last-minute, one-point win by Lewis & Clark over Gonzaga Prep on the last day of the regular season. From there, Ferris earned a state playoff berth after defeating G-Prep and University High in mini-game tiebreakers.
Led by Halliday's cannon-like right arm, the Saxons then proceeded to march through the playoffs, scoring 132 points in the four games leading to the title showdown.
The loss to Skyline marked the second year in a row that the schools from Sammamish ended Ferris' season. A year ago, the Spartans knocked off the Saxons 24-21 in the semi-finals.
The Tacoma News Tribune on Saturday picked Halliday as its all-classifications All-State quarterback. Heaps was tabbed state player of the year. Bomber also was selected to the team, at receiver.
NOTABLE: One of Halliday's teammates at Ferris is junior defensive back Cody Sorensen, son of former WSU All-American and long-time CF.C columnist Paul Sorensen. Ferris' crimson connections don't end there. Receiver Mason Maxey is the son of former WSU receiver Bevan Maxey, and defensive coordinator Grady Emmerson is a former WSU linebacker. NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton's nephew, Riley, is also a Saxon. And talk about family tradition. Ferris slotback/running back Jordan Tonani is now the second member of his family to star for a state runner-up team. His dad Tim was a running back for the Gonzaga Prep squad of 1977 that lost the Kingbowl final to Sumner, 12-7. That G-Prep team was quarterbacked by Tim Davey, who later was a four-year starting punter at WSU .