LONGMONT -- A defensive showcase it was not in the first half Friday night at Everly Montgomery Field.
Only 21 points were scored before intermission, and it was hard to figure out how it wasn't far more.
There were no punts, three touchdowns were chalked up, and the only non-scoring possessions ended with a missed field goal attempt and the halftime horn.
Skyline rectified things both offensively and defensively after intermission, though, with the Falcons not only moving the ball at will but lighting up the scoreboard, and stepping up to stop Monarch in the third quarter.
SHS scored three touchdowns in the first 12:10 of the second half, with the Falcons forcing a Monarch fumble and the Coyotes' first punt -- both coming in the third quarter. Add it up and Skyline eventually prevailed 42-21, beating MHS for the first time after falling to the Coyotes twice the past two years.
"The second half we came out with more intensity and tempo and electricity," said Skyline sophomore quarterback Chase Silva, who completed 19 of 21 passes for 267 yards. "We knew we had to go out there and punch it down their throats. We knew we had to take it up a notch and that's what we did. We just did great in general -- both offensively and defensively. It was a great team win."
Skyline eclipsed the 40-point barrier for the fifth time this season in improving to 5-2 overall and to 2-0 in Longs Peak League action. And on this night, Silva led the way, completing 18 consecutive passes at one point and tossing three touchdown passes.
"Not taking anything away from Chase, but those are easy passes that we work on every day," Falcons coach Mike Silva said. "If they're going to give that to us, that's what we're going to take. Chase took full advantage of that. He was locked in."
Added Chase Silva: "Our play calling was great. Everything was set up perfectly. When they'd stop a run, a pass would be wide open. And when they'd stop a pass, a run would be open. That just set me up for success and everyone up for success."
Complementing the passing game -- Kyle West and Andrew Dietz each finished with 85 yards receiving -- senior Jeremy Hollingsworth cranked it up on the ground, running for 139 rushing on 15 carries, with TD runs of 28 and 54 yards in the second half.
Skyline was up just 14-7 at halftime, but wasted little time increasing the lead. The Falcons scored 82 seconds into the second half off a 90-yard drive that was punctuated with a 78-yard TD off a slant pass from Chase Silva to Dietz.
Then after captain Ethan Drewes recovered a fumble on Monarch's ensuing possession, Skyline scored on fourth-and-5 with Silva connecting with Nate McGregor for a 28-yard TD pass.
And a 28-yard run by Hollingsworth on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 35-7.
"We showed our youth in many, many ways, unfortunately," said Monarch coach Phil Bravo after watching the Coyotes fall to 2-5 overall (0-2 in league action) and to 1-5 against Colorado opponents. "We make the worst mistakes at the worst times."
Skyline, which came into the contest No. 9 in the 4A's RPI standings that will help determine the playoff brackets, will host Greeley Central on Thursday at 7 p.m., while Fort Collins pays a visit to Monarch next Friday at 7 p.m.
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Skyline 42, Monarch 21
At Everly Montgomery StadiumMonarch (2-5, 0-2)07014—21Skyline (5-2, 2-0)771414—42
Skyline — Jack Wathen 22 pass from Chase Silva (Ben Kalishar kick).
Monarch — Austin Fiala 2 run (Ty Lanphear kick). Skyline — Wathen 8 run (Kalishar kick).
Skyline — Andrew Dietz 78 pass from Silva (Kalishar kick). Skyline — Nate McGregor 28 pass from Silva (Kalishar kick).
Skyline — Jeremy Hollingsworth 28 run (Kalishar kick). Monarch — Tyler Smith 37 pass from Kyle Gordon (Lanphear kick). Skyline — Hollingsworth 54 run (Kalishar kick). Monarch — Ryan Shaughnessy 3 run (Lanphear kick).
RUSHING — Monarch: Shaughnessy 18-75, Fredricksmeyer 13-60, Fiala 13-52, Smith 2-17, Gordon 5-8, Ponder 6-7. Skyline: Hollingsworth 15-139, Wathen 2-10, West 4-10, Silva 2-1.
PASSING — Monarch: Gordon 3-7-0-46. Skyline: Silva 19-21-0-267.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Ponder 2-19, Smith 1-37. Skyline: West 7-85, Dietz 4-85, Wathen 4-41, McGregor 2-44, Kalishar 2-14.