By Brennan Lafferty
Fumbles, untimely penalties and a strong Saline Hornets squad proved too much for the Skyline varsity football team to overcome as the Eagles lost 31-6 on Friday in Saline.
The Eagles started strong, keeping the Hornets out of the end zone with a goal-line stand to start the game. However, Skyline fumbled on its next possession, starting a theme that would haunt them throughout the evening.
Skyline would turn the ball over four times during the contest. Saline, meanwhile, committed no turnovers.
Down 17-0 at halftime, Skyline would find life in the third quarter when sophomore punt returner Jordan Wilson raced 75 yards through the Hornets’ coverage team for an apparent touchdown, changing direction three times for the most entertaining play of the night. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the touchdown was nullified by a block in the back, which kept Skyline off the scoreboard until well after the contest was decided.
Surprisingly, Skyline outgained Saline, 282-229, for the game. Senior quarterback Davion Pipkins again led the Eagles with 105 yards rushing and 117 yards passing. His favorite receiving target was senior wideout Kenyatta Ewing who hauled in five passes for 74 yards.
Saline, with more than double the roster size of Skyline and without having to play players on offense and defense, had their hands full with the Eagles’ defense. Junior defensive back Anthony Henry (6 tackles) and sophomore defensive Jaylin McCoy (5.5 tackles) led the way. Senior linebackers Brian Scurlock (5 tackles) and Solomon Putten (4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack) were active all night as well.
The win for the Hornets improved their record to 4-1 on the year, 2-1 in the SEC Red Division. The Eagles dip to 2-3 on the season, 0-2 in the SEC Red.
Skyline visits Huron (0-5, 0-2) next week as the River Rats try to break the state’s longest varsity football losing streak. Saline, meanwhile, visits Pioneer (3-2, 1-1).
Photos by Evelynne Crumm