Coaches say the biggest improvement in a football team happens between the first and second week. Skyline certainly proved that to be the case as the Eagles bounced back from a tough opening loss to Warren Mott with a convincing win over Okemos – a team they lost to 46-8 last year.
It was certainly a major upgrade compared to what happened in the Battle at the Big House III, where Mott used big plays to score a 35-12 win over Skyline in the season opener.
“We just had to get more assignments down,” said Skyline head coach Andrew Sorgatz. “We were too inconsistent in our assignments and a little bit in our effort against Mott. We preached that after watching the film and went over what we needed to correct. We were on the kids all week about and they responded pretty well.”
They certainly did.
Davion Pipkins ran for two scores and threw for another one 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 last Thursday night over visiting Okemos.
“Our defense was fantastic and they really set the tone (against Okemos),” Sorgatz said. “We wanted to come out and get a three and out right away and we did that. Our defense really fought on every play. There are still some things we need to fix. But they fought hard on every play and they finished and that’s what we want to see every week.”
The biggest difference between week one and week two came in the approach.
“The leadership in the kids was a huge difference,” Sorgatz said. “They took ownership this week and really led the way. You could tell just by the way they played. They played more together. Our offensive line did a really good job and we ran the ball well. The O line did their job and took care of business and the defense was just lights out. They were flying to the football all game.”
The Eagles play at Adrian on Friday in an SEC crossover.
“They are a good team but we are looking forward to it,” Sorgatz said. “We have some more corrections to make and just focus on getting better with a good week of practice. This will be my first time playing Adrian so we are all looking forward to it.
“If we can take care of what we need to do we will set ourselves up to at least be successful.”
Adrian is 0-2 to start the season after a dismal 3-6 year last season in which they lost their last five games. The Maples lost to Lincoln 35-8 to start the season and 42-0 last week to Jackson – both Lincoln and Jackson are 2-0.