LONGMONT -- The way Silver Creek's defense was dominating early Friday, one figured it was only a matter of time before the Raptors offense busted through Skyline's own bend-don't-break D.
Ben Sjobakken's 19-yard strike to Zane Lindsey with 6 seconds left before halftime finally got things started for SCHS, and the Class 3A fourth-ranked Raptors held on for a 21-13 victory at Every-Montgomery Field.
Sjobakken threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, hitting five different receivers for at least two receptions each.
When your offense is averaging 45 points per game, it's tough for the defense to stand out. But that's just what Silver Creek's managed to do after entering the game allowing 20.2 per game. The Raptors held cross-town rival Skyline to 157 yards of total offense, including just 14 before halftime.
Defensive ends Jeremy Metivier and Collin Gibbs combined with defensive tackle Jared Jacobson to wreak havoc in the Skyline backfield and make life tough on versatile Falcons quarterback Garret Angstead all night long. Metivier was in on four sacks himself to lead the hit parade.
"I think a big piece of it was the coaches challenging us all week," Metivier said of getting after Angstead.
Angstead rushed for an 80-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. But his other 21 carries netted minus-28 yards. He completed 8 of 21 passes for 116 yards.
The defensive effort came with Silver Creek playing without injured leading tackler Andre Apodaca. And making the performance even more key was the fact that it came on a night when the Raptors racked up a whopping 17 penalties for 179 yards.
"(The defense) did play really well outside one big play," SCHS coach Mike Apodaca, Andre's dad, said. "Other than that I thought they kept us in it all night."
The win avenged a 29-28 overtime loss to Skyline last year. But more importantly the victory improved the defending state champion Raptors (5-1) to 2-0 in Tri-Valley League play heading into showdowns with No. 10 Roosevelt and No. 8 Mead the next two weeks.
Sjobakken hit Lindsey for a pair of scores, including a 7-yarder late in the third quarter that gave Silver Creek a 21-7 lead. Lindsey caught seven passes for 102 yards.
Eric Machmuller caught four passes for 56 yards, and Brock Ricks caught two passes, including a 50-yarder to put the Raptors up for good 14-7 midway through the third quarter.
Sophomore running back Anthony Kasper added 115 yards on 26 carries.
"We all couldn't do with without Ben as our quarterback," Lindsey said, also crediting an offensive line that kept Sjobakken's jersey clean most of the night.
Aside from his 80-yard score, Angstead hit Benny Jacobs from 24 yards out early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 21-13. But the Falcons could muster little else on offense aside from those two drives.
Angstead also got banged up, missing one series with a shoulder injury and taking a couple big hits near the end of the game that left him woozy on the sidelines.
Three of Skyline's losses have now come by eight points or fewer.
"Silver Creek is a great team," said Skyline coach Kevin Rice, who saw his team drop to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league play. "We just didn't make enough great plays and calls when we needed them."
The Raptors offense knocked on the door for much of the first half. But Skyline's defense proved resilient, turning Silver Creek away with no points in Falcon territory three times before the Raptors broke through with a score.
Both teams had touchdowns called back for penalties in the first half. Silver Creek's drive ended in a missed field goal. Skyline's proved even more painful.
Angstead scrambled left and out-raced everyone to the end zone for what looked like an 87-yard touchdown run with about a minute before halftime. But a holding penalty brought the play back, and a big punt return by Brock Ricks a few moments later set up the Raptors' first score.
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Silver Creek 21, Skyline 13
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Silver Creek (5-1, 2-0) 0 7 14 0 -- 21
Skyline (2-4, 0-2) 0 0 7 6 -- 13
Silver Creek -- Zane Lindsey 19 pass from Ben Sjobakken (Ryan Charles kick).
Skyline -- Garret Angstead 80 run (Cesar Yanez kick).
Silver Creek -- Brock Ricks 50 pass from Sjobakken (Charles kick).
Silver Creek -- Lindsey 7 pass from Sjobakken (Charles kick).
Skyline -- Benny Jacobs 24 pass from Angstead (kick failed).
RUSHING -- Silver Creek: Kasper 26-115, Quiroz 4-39, Sjobakken 4-9, Ricks 1-4; Skyline: G. Angstead 22-52, Rodriguez 7-7, Jacobs 3-(-7), J. Angstead 1-(-11).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Silver Creek: Sjobakken 18-37-0-290; Skyline: Angstead 8-21-0-116; J. Angstead 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- Silver Creek: Lindsey 7-102, Machmuller 4-56, Rembert 3-63, Ricks 2-54, Kasper 2-15; Skyline: Jacobs 3-41, Forsyth 2-40, Mansanares 2-27, McQueen 1-8.