Skyline, thanks to the legs of seniors Kejon Hunter and Myles Miller, turned its season opener in football into a track meet as the Eagles raced to an impressive 50-14 win over visiting Saginaw Arthur Hills on Thursday night.
Skyline Coach Andrew Sorgatz walked out of an elated home locker room with a big smile and a satisfying look.
“We hope we can put up numbers like that every week but we understand there will be a few we might have to grind out,” Sorgatz said. “We were able to run the ball and that set up everything for success. The offensive line did a great job all night. Everything we did seemed to work.”
The Eagles were just as impressive on the other side of the ball.
“The defense played solid,” he said. “We have to work on tackling a little bit and some other things but we will take giving up 14 points every game. I think that’s a recipe for success for us.”
That recipe begins on the legs of Hunter and Miller, who rushed for huge chunks of yards all night and ended up in the end zone a total of six times in the game.
“We have some explosive running backs who we are really excited about,” Sorgatz said. “They can go the distance at any time and they both stepped it up tonight.”
In a wild offensive showcase which featured seven Skyline touchdowns, the game began with the defense picking up a pair of points. Davion Pipkins, who must have finished with a hundred tackles, and Arik Rorie grabbed the Arthur Hills running back and dragged him down in the end zone for a safety on the final play of the first quarter.
The play came after a Skyline punt pinned the visitors at the 1-yard line.
The safety set up a short kick which Hunter used to his advantage. The senior returned the kick to the Arthur Hill 30-yard line. It turned out to be just a pit stop on the way to the end zone.
After Miller ran off a 20-yard run, quarterback Darryn Davis hit Jackson Chadwick on a three-yard TD play to give the hosts an 8-0 lead.
With 7:58 left in the second quarter, Hunter busted a 35-yard TD run to make it 15-0.
Arthur Hill answered with a 29-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 15-6.
After Davis hit Hunter on a long pass play, Miller took it the rest of the way on the next play with a 35-yard TD run to give Skyline a 22-6 lead.
Miller scored again on a 22-yard run to push the lead to 29-6 with 5:11 left in the first half.
Hunter got back in on the action with an 18-yard TD run with 1:11 left in the half to give the Eagles a commanding 36-6 lead.
Anthony Henry intercepted a pass late in the first half.
Miller busted a long 80-yard run at the end of the first half but was pushed out of bounds at the 5-yard line with the clock at zero.
The offense kept cranking in the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Davis connected with Hunter on a 52-yard pass play that took the Eagles to the Arthur Hill 9-yard line. Miller took it to the house from there with a 3-yard TD run to make it 43-6.
After Arthur Hill scored to make it 43-14 late in the third quarter, Davis hit Hunter again, this time for 47 yards and a TD to finish the scoring.
Skyline hits the road on Wednesday for a game at Okemos.
“We have to travel and we owe them since they got us last year,” Sorgatz said.