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Ferris prepares for Skyline's high-powered offense

The Skyline Spartans beat the Ferris Saxons Saturday afternoon in the 4A State High School Football Semi-Finals in Spokane by a score of 24-21.  For more about the game, including an archived live blog of the game, click HERE.

SPOKANE, Wash. - No doubt about it.  The Ferris Saxons have their work cut out for them.  They'll play in the State 4A semi-finals on Saturday, hosting one of the best high school teams in the country: Skyline High School from Sammamish.

The Saxons earned the right to play on in the tournament by pulling out a miracle last Friday night in Spokane Valley.  Ferris' Garret Saiki hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Connor Halliday with :11 remaining in the game to beat Central Valley 14-7.

The Skyline Spartans (12-0), last year's 3A champion, beat up on Auburn on Saturday 38-2.  So far this year they've outscored their opponents 470-41.

With margins like that, it is no wonder they are ranked among the best high school teams in the country.  Apparently the editors at USA Today think they're the 8th-best team, just ahead of Madison County High from Florida and just behind Centennial High from Corona, California. 

The Spartans are led by junior quarterback Jake Heaps, who has shown up on some lists as a No. 1 prospect in the nation for 2010.  Earlier this month he received a verbal scholarship offer from Brigham Young University, but said he wouldn't decide where to play until the summer before his senior year.

Heaps' supporting cast includes Gino Simone, a star receiver who has already committed to play at Washington State, but is admittedly looking at other schools, including Boise State.