Football: Skyline falls to Warren Mott in season opener at the Big House


The Skyline football players will never forget the experience and thrill of playing football in the Big House even if they don’t remember the final score. The Eagles kicked off the season Thursday afternoon at Michigan Stadium and ran into a very good Warren Mott team which ran up big plays in a 35-12 win in the Battle at the Big House III.

Skyline will host its home opener on Thursday, Aug. 30 against Okemos. The Eagles then play at Adrian on Sept. 7.


The Marauders scored two touchdowns in the final 1:09 of the first half to turn a 15-0 lead into a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Eagles showed no-quit determination in the second half despite the score. And it paid off late in the game. After Davion Pipkins hit Kenyatta Ewing on a long pass, senior running back Solomon Putten ran off the final nine yards for Skyline’s first touchdown of the year.

Then with 28 seconds left in the game, Skyline’s Anthony Henry went 89 yards for a Skyline touchdown on a run that zigged and zagged all the way to the end zone. It was a run Henry will never forget.

The Skyline defense made a big statement on Mott’s first possession of the game. After the Marauders converted a fourth and six, they went for it again on fourth and eight. But nice pressure on the quarterback by Arik Rorie forced an incomplete pass. Skyline’s Rollie Caswell made some nice stops during the drive for the Eagles.

After the Eagles’ offense was forced to punt, Warren Mott ran off a 14-yard QB keeper to make it 7-0 with 1:38 left in the first quarter.

Skyline’s offense again stalled and punted the ball away. Mott again scored on a quarterback run, this time for eight yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and Mott led 15-0 with 11:12 left in the second quarter.

With 1:09 left in the first half, Mott completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 22-0.

Mott scored again with just 19 seconds left in the half on a 79-yard TD run to make it 28-0.

The Skyline defense never quit in the game. The Eagles had an impressive goal-line stand in the third quarter, stopping Mott on fourth down with 2:22 left in the third quarter.

Mott added a touchdown with 7:07 left in the game to make it 35-0.


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