SEASON PREVIEW: Skyline football kicks off season Thursday night

If football was all about having the right pieces at the right positions then the Skyline football team heads into the 2017 season with the right formula for success.

The Eagles finished 4-5 last year for the second consecutive season and look to flip that record and even add one more win to leap into the playoffs for the first time school history.

At the helm will be senior quarterback Darryn Davis. The athletically gifted Davis has started for the Eagles since his sophomore year and looks to use that experience, along with his great skills, to take Skyline where it’s never been before.

“Last year we kind of changed up our offense a little bit and there was a little bit of a learning curve there,” said Coach Andrew Sorgatz. “He’s taken ownership of it this year and has done a fantastic job. He had a great camp for us. We feel he could be one of the best quarterbacks in the state.”

Davis already has committed to the University of Toledo to play baseball (third baseman).

Skyline used some big, bruising running backs last year and will change things up in 2017.

“We will be more quick, athletic and explosive at running back this year than we were last year,” Sorgatz said. “We have several guys who can take it the distance every time they touch the ball.”

Miles Miller, who competed in the junior Olympics in track, will be one of the Eagles carrying the ball. Senior Kejon Hunter also is an explosive player who the Eagles want to get the ball to and Bryce Watkins can play a number of different spots, including running back, fullback and tight end.

The Eagles also have choices at wide receiver with Davion Pipkins, Kenyatta Ewing and Brian Scurlock.

“We have some versatile players and we’re excited about that,” Sorgatz said. “Our goal is to get the best 11 players on the field.”

The Eagles should score plenty of points. Hopefully, the guys playing both ways can find spots to rest and stay fresh for all four quarters. Pipkins and Scurlock will be key defensive players at linebacker for the Eagles.

“We are really athletic at the linebacker position and have some strong defensive backs so we should do well in those areas,” Sorgatz said.

The Eagles open the season on Thursday, Aug. 24 at home against Saginaw Arthur Hill.

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