Davion Pipkins was off to the races and the Skyline defense did the rest as the Eagles bounced back from a Big House loss to open the season with a convincing 27-15 win Thursday night over visiting Okemos.
The Chiefs, who opened the season with a 21-17 win over Mason, defeated the Eagles 46-8 last year.
Pipkins, the Eagles’ starting quarterback, threw for a touchdown and ran for two more to help Skyline pull away early in the second half. The senior showed great poise in the pocket but also showed excellent speed and escape-ability, breaking tackles for long runs.
The Skyline defense also came to play. While Warren Mott dominated Skyline’s defense in the opener, it was a totally different story in week two. The Eagles were all over the field on defense, limiting the Chiefs to just 68 total yards in the first half – most coming on the Chiefs’ lone TD play.
Skyline’s Andrew Lafferty kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 5:16 left in the first quarter.
With just over 1 minute left in the first quarter, Pipkens threw a 34-yard TD pass to Jaylin Cooper to make it 10-0.
In the second quarter, the Eagles fumbled near midfield but the defense shut the Chiefs down. Lafferty made a huge play when he fielded a groundball punt snap and was able to get off a good kick.
But the Chiefs connected on a 57-yard TD pass play to cut the lead to 10-6 with 6:40 left in the first half. Brian Scurlock blocked the extra point for the Eagles.
The Eagles answered quickly. Pipkins kept the ball and headed up the middle of the field. He fought his way through a few arm tackles and broke into the clear, going 78 yards for a Skyline TD and a 17-6 lead with 3:07 left in the first half.
WATCH PIPKINS’ 78-YARD TD RUN: https://weloveannarbor.com/2018/08/30/video-watch-skylines-davion-pipkins-run-78-yards-for-an-eagles-td/
Okemos started the second half with a failed onside kick that Skyline grabbed near midfield. It proved costly for the visitors from the Lansing area. Pipkins busted his second long run of the game, this time for 52 yards, to give the Eagles a commanding 24-6 lead with 10:04 left in the third quarter.
Later in the third quarter, the Chiefs got the ball first and goal at the Skyline 6-yard line. A sack by Anthony Henry pushed them back to the 12-yard line. Facing fourth and goal at the 1, Skyline’s Aiden Tate busted through the line and stopped the Chiefs short of the end zone.
After their defensive stand, the Eagles were backed up deep in their own end. With 2:34 left in the third quarter, a fumble was kicked out of the back of the end zone for a safety to cut the deficit to 24-8.
The Eagles kicked off giving the Chiefs excellent field position. But Anthony Henry picked off an Okemos pass to end the threat around the 20-yard line.
Lafferty kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 27-8 with 5:28 left in the game.
The Chiefs completed a 15-yard TD pass with 4:29 left in the game to cut the deficit to 27-15.
The Chiefs then recovered an onside kick and fired a pass for the end zone that first appeared to be a score but Skyline’s Jaylen McCoy ripped the ball from the receiver’s hands and raced down the sideline into Okemos territory. After the refs gathered to discus, they passed out unsportsmanlike conduct calls to both teams and then gave Okemos the ball at the 23-yard line. It’s like the play never happened.
The Skyline defense was able to hold again as the Eagles held on for an impressive and at least comfortable victory.
The Eagles play at Adrian on Sept. 7 in an SEC crossover.