Other great players had great seasons. Other candidates had strong resumes and plenty of backing from coaches.
But in the search for The Seattle Times High School Football Players of the Year, finding the right selections didn't take long. Skyline's Max Browne and Bellevue's Myles Jack proved all season that they were above and beyond the rest.
Browne, a USC recruit, torched the state record book. He passed for more than 4,000 yards all three years he started and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio this season of nearly 10-1.
Teams tried blitzing him, and he quickly dumped off the ball. Teams tried dropping seven and eight defenders in coverage, and he patiently waited until a hole, however small, revealed itself.