By Brennan Lafferty
Skyline sophomore defensive back Jordan Wilson slipped in front of a fourth-quarter Pioneer pass and raced 47 yards for a score, sealing Skyline’s 37-27 victory Friday night over visiting Pioneer and securing the city championship for the host Eagles.
The victory improved Skyline to 4-4 on the season, 2-3 in the SEC Red Division. More importantly, the Eagles remain in contention for the school’s first trip to the postseason. All six-win teams advance to the state playoffs with the best five-win teams also locking down a berth.
Against Pioneer, the Eagles’ offense used a balanced attack during a wet and cold evening.
Two seniors provided much of the spark on Senior Night. Quarterback Davion Pipkins had his best passing night of the season, throwing three touchdowns and amassing 269 yards through the air. His favorite target was classmate Kenyatta Ewing who shredded the Pioneer defense for 216 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Pipkins-to-Ewing connection was highlighted by an 83-yard pitch and catch for a third-quarter score.
Senior tight end Dylan Hughes accounted for the other receiving touchdown with a circus catch from 10 yards out in the second quarter.
Despite the constant rain, the teams combined for 35 points in the second quarter. In fact, the cross-town rivals each scored twice in the last 4 minutes before halftime.
Senior defensive end Aiden Tate led the Eagles in tackles with 8, including 1 for a loss. Besides Wilson’s pick-six, the speedy defensive back logged 6 tackles as did junior safety Anthony Henry and senior lineman Arik Rorie. Junior defensive lineman Nigel Tipton also recovered a fumble for Skyline to halt a first-half Pioneer drive.
Skyline takes to the road and turns its attention to the Pinckney Pirates (2-6, 2-5 in the SEC White) on Friday with a possible trip to the playoffs on the line.
The Pioneers fall to 3-5 and have lost four straight after winning three in a row. They host Ypsilanti on Friday night. The Grizzlies have won their last three games and bring a 4-4 record into the final game of the season.