Reversal of fortune for Thunder

QB Ben Huebschman and Safety Josh Baird came up clutch when it mattered most. They proved to be the difference for the Mountain View Thunder as they won a 7-on-7 battle royale over the two-time defending champs Skyline Spartans 52-48 at the Big Kahuna 7-on-7 passing challenge in Burnaby, British Columbia this past weekend. There were 24 teams on hand, including top prep teams from the State of Washington.

Mountain View sealed the deal when junior-to-be ILB Glen Hobbs picked Skyline QB Brian Foreman off and returned it the distance, while the rest of the Thunder stormed off the sideline in jubilation.

The Mountain View-Skyline game was a repeat of the finals at the Husky passing league earlier in the summer, with the Thunder taking that game as well. While Mountain View is 4A and the Spartans are 3A, this summer hookup is starting to earn the reputation of being a full-blown rivalry, as both teams went at it tooth and nail. Skyline beat Mountain View in OT last year to take the 2001 Big Kahuna crown, so the reversal of fortune for the Thunder was doubly sweet yesterday.

Huebschman was consistent throughout the two days as he racked up Offensive MVP honors and the Thunder went undefeated in the tournament. His top-two targets were Baird and Kyle Warner. Baird had a huge pick and return in the championship to wrap up the Defensive MVP award.

The Elma Eagles defeated the Kamiak Knights to take third place in the tournament, matching their best finish at Big Kahuna ever. Here are the final results (8 teams made it to the championship round):

1st - Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View
2nd - Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
3rd - Elma, Washington
4th - Abbotsford (BC) WJ Mouat
5th - Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak
6th - Seattle (Wash.) Ballard
7th - North Vancouver (BC) Carson Graham
8th - Vancouver (BC) Vancouver College

Here are the Offensive and Defensive all-tournament teams:

Offensive all-tournament team

QB Ben Huebschman - Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View QB Brian Foreman - Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline QB Gary Rogers - Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak QB Steve Gossen - Abbotsford (BC) WJ Mouat QR Sho Hoshinaga - Seattle (Wash.) Ballard

Defensive all-tournament team

S Josh Baird - Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View LB Brody O'Connor - Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline S Danny Hill - Elma, Washington DB - Asa Ferguson - Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington DB - Marques Lang - Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak

Honorable mention honors were given out on offense to Joey Vicelli from Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline and on the defense to Ty Willemsen of Nooksack (Wash.) Nooksack Valley.

Huebschman also won the long throw contest for the quarterbacks with a throw of 197 feet (~66 yards).

Elma once again proved to have the best linemen around, winning the lineman challenge over Kamiak. The two squads finished in a deat heat, forcing an extra obstacle-course round where the Eagles took the crown by a scant two seconds. Mark McClure from Kamiak took top lineman MVP honors.


More walk-on news - We were able to confirm two more walk-ons for the University of Washington this fall. AJ Richardson from Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington and Ben Warren from Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View are scheduled to walk-on with the Huskies this fall.

Richardson is a 6-1, 180-pound athlete that is the son of former Husky Antowaine Richardson. AJ was second-team all KingCo 4A at running back as a senior.

Warren is a 6-0, 210-pound linebacker prospect who was the Columbian's 2001 All County Most Valuable Player and two-time Dream team player. He helped the Thunder reach the Class 4A state football quarterfinals. Top Stories