LOVELAND — Two weeks in a row, two crushing defeats.
This is not how Skyline senior Garret Angstead envisioned this season playing out after two weeks.
After a season-opening loss to Niwot, the Falcons responded with a 29-28 come-from-ahead loss to Thompson Valley on Friday at Ray Patterson Stadium.
Angstead did all he could for Skyline on the ground and through the air, having a hand in all of his team’s scoring. He finished with two rushing and two passing touchdowns. All told, he finished with 19 carries for 147 yards and was 12 for 30 passing for 249 yards.
Angstead was curious to see how his team would respond after the defeat last week, and this is not the answer he was looking for.
“Every week we’re improving and getting closer as a team,” he said, visibly irked. “We’re doing the right things, we just have to execute better.”
Early in the fourth quarter, this game had the feel of a rout in favor of Skyline. But from that point on, one could sense the tide changing and the Eagles rode that wave to three unanswered scores, capped by a gutsy two-point conversion call that gave them the win.
Thompson Valley quarterback Garrett Smith led the comeback with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and that two-point run. Smith finished with 17 carries for 73 yards rushing and 7 of 10 passing for 78 yards with an interception.
“We had plenty of time, we just needed a chance,” Smith said, as the raucous students stormed the field and patted him on his should pads. “I told them if they blocked at all, I’ll get it for you. That’s all I wanted. That’s football right there. What a game.”
Prior to the last 7 minutes of the fourth, the Falcons (0-2) dominated this game on both sides of the ball.
Angstead connected on big play after big play to help Skyline take two-touchdown leads at halftime and the end of the third quarter. The first of those was a 71-yard touchdown completion to Benny Jacobs, followed by a 75-yard Angstead touchdown run.
Not to be outdone, the Falcons defense held Thompson Valley (2-0) on two fourth-down conversions and produced two turnovers converted to touchdowns.
It’s the last half or so of the fourth quarter that will either fire up the Falcons or force them into a tailspin.
Skyline coach Kevin Rice hopes for the former.
“I’m really proud of them,” Rice said. “We had a lot of improvement from last week. We just have to get in better shape. And when we do, I’m excited for what we can do.”
What will help Skyline and the offense is the creation of a formable duo in Justin Forsyth and Angstead. The two connected for a 19-yard touchdown and 60-yard bomb late in the third quarter. Forsyth finished with four catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The key, as Rice told his team, is to continue to believe and work.
The Falcons get their next shot against Erie next Friday.
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Thompson Valley 29, Skyline 28
At Ray Patterson Field
Skyline (0-2) 8 13 7 0 — 28
Thompson Valley (2-0) 7 0 6 16 — 29
Thompson Valley — Gunner Mengel 16 run (LJ Washington kick).
Skyline — Benny Jacobs 71 pass from Garret Angstead (Justin Forsyth run).
Skyline — Angstead 1 run (Seth Thomas kick).
Skyline — Angstead 75 run (pass failed).
Skyline — Forsyth 19 pass from Angstead (Thomas kick).
Thompson Valley — David Eusea 69 fumble return (kick failed).
Thompson Valley — Garrett Smith 18 run (Mengel run).
Thompson Valley — Smith 14 run (Smith run).
RUSHING — Skyline: Garret Angstead 19-147, Benny Jacobs 5-12; Thompson Valley: Garrett Smith 17-73, Blake Firchau 18-46, Gunner Mengel 4-31.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Skyline: G. Angstead 12-30-0 249; J. Angstead 0-1-0 0; Thompson Valley: Smith 7-10-1 78.
RECEIVING — Skyline: Justin Forsyth 4-85, Jacobs 2-10, Drelan Lavato 2-34, Seth Thomas 2-5, Joe Benavides 1-19, Dominic Mansanares 1-4; Thompson Valley: Firchau 3-33, Drew Meintzer 2-27, Mengel 1-10, Jacob Bosse 1-8.