Monday, March 26, 2012

Prep football: Pirates' Hague knows a bit about Manatee's Seattle opponent

(photo by Grant Jefferies)

Matt Hague is a Pittsburgh Pirates' prospect currently hitting .417 in spring training. He is also a native of Bellevue, Wash., and knows a thing or two about Skyline High, which hosts Manatee on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Skyline is located in Sammamish, a suburb of Seattle.

"They usually have a really good football team," said Hague, who played baseball at Kentwood High in Covington, Wash. "We never played them, because they were a level below us...(Skyline's) stadium is nice. I remember they had really nice facilities. They're just known for their good sports teams."

The school opened in 1997 but has already won six state football titles, including last season. The Spartans were classified a Class 3A school by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association before being bumped to 4A in 2004-05.

Their quarterback, Max Browne, is ranked eighth in Rivals' list of the top 100 prospects for the Class of 2013. He threw 4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns last year.

"They've always thrown a lot," Hague said.

Hague's words of wisdom for Manatee?

Stay dry.

"They better be ready for not-Florida weather," he said. "It's not really cold, it just rains a lot, especially there. Baseball games, we got rained out all the time. It gets pretty nice out there in the summer, but for the most part, it's a lot of rain. So they better have their running game going."

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