LYONS -- Coach Michael Silva and the Skyline Falcons understand what they have to do.
They also understand they have their naysayers that are telling them that it can't be done simply because they are playing a similar schedule to the one that saw them go 7-3 last season and miss the playoffs based on their RPI ranking.
But the 2017 version of the Falcons is bigger, stronger and faster than in years past and are hungry to prove they belong.
On Friday night in Lyons, Skyline looked every bit like a playoff team in the making when they took care of and undermanned Thornton squad 44-14.
Silva knows his boys just have to keep winning games.
"That's all we can do and we can't worry about all that other stuff," said Silva after his team improved to 3-0. "We just have to worry about who we have in front of us and obviously our conference schedule is as tough as anybody's."
Perhaps the biggest difference between this years Skyline team and last personnel-wise is running back Jeremy Hollingsworth.In the first two Falcons games -- including a 70-50 win last week in Colorado Springs against Coronado -- the junior had found the end zone eight times and was closing in on 400 yards.
On Friday night, with the 40-point mercy-rule in affect before halftime and the Falcons offense clicking on all cylinders, Hollingsworth amassed 125 yards and scored four more touchdowns in the rout.
""Look at what we have been able to do. I love all these guys and I love all these coaches, who have put in a great system and I couldn't be happier anywhere else," said Hollingsworth, who praised his offensive line that opened up big holes against the Trojans.
"That is the best line that I have ever worked with by far. They are all experienced and they know what they are doing and they rarely make mistakes which makes my job a lot easier."
The Falcons were able to throw the ball when they needed to as well on Friday, and quarterback Nate McGregor tossed touchdown passes of 4 and 20 yards to Camilo Martinez and Kyle West respectively.
It was just the sort of effort Silva was looking for against a Thornton team that was limited in what they could do with just 25 healthy players on the roster.
"Just want to keep it clean, get better and don't take anything for granted," said Silva.
SKYLINE 44, THORNTON 14
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Skyline — Jeremy Hollingsworth 26 run (Nate McGregor kick).
Skyline — Cmilo Martinez 4 pass from McGregor (McGregor kick).
Skyline — Hollingsworth 2 run (Ben Kalisher kick).
Skyline — Kyle West 20 pass from McGregor (kick blocked).
Skyline — Hollingsworth 37 run (Kalisher kick).
Skyline — McGregor 1 run (Kalisher kick).
Skyline — FG Kalisher 25.
Thornton — Christian Gang 3 run (Jaden Vega kick).
Thornton — Gang 3 run (Vega kick).
RUSHING — Thornton: Lino Chavira 7-27, Christian Gang 4-14, Augustino Bautista 14-5, Moses Roberts 1-2, Traekwon Scott-Roberts 2-0. Skyline: Jeremy Hollingsworth 13-125, Nate McGregor 7-104, Moses Rivera 3-48, Kyle West 1-13, Creighton Trembly 2-(minus-8).
PASSING — Thornton: Bautista 2-4-2-15, Gang 1-2-0-36. Skyline: McGregor 4-9-1-51, Trembly 2-2-0-6.
RECEIVING — Thornton: Levi Weinstein 1-36, Vargas 1-15, Scott-Roberts 1-3. Skyline: West 1-20, Austin Robinson 1-11, Andrew Deitz 1-6, Camilo Martinez 1-4, Dayton Bowey 1-2.