BRIGHTON — After running a track meet within one and a half quarters of a football game on Friday night, Skyline’s Kyle West lost his lunch.
But the Falcons at that point were already past making Brighton’s defense a bit queasy, and the Class 4A tilt between two top-13 RPI teams quickly turned into a 41-17 rout for Skyline at Brighton High School.
West and the rest of the Falcons offense were good for three giant first-half plays, scored a defensive touchdown on their opponent’s second play from scrimmage and racked up 448 yards of offense to improve to 3-0 on the season.
“Throughout this week we worked on our tempo, thinking we’d be able to move the ball on these guys,” said West, who found it within himself to get back on the field just a couple plays after falling temporarily ill on a mild night on the gridiron. “That’s what we did.
“Brighton is a team that is known to start fast. We wanted to match (their) intensity, and we thought we had the ball players to do it.”
Brighton came into the contest at 2-1 and sat at No. 13 in Wednesday’s first release of the CHSAA ratings percentage index for 4A, while members of Skyline witnessed the Falcons put at No. 2 on that crucial list.
The Falcons wasted no time in getting in stride and gaining some big chunks of yards, as sophomore quarterback Chase Silva connected with West for plays of 65 and 75 yards (the latter going for a score), while also hitting Jack Wathen for a 70-yard score down the right sideline with 3:14 left in the second quarter to make it 27-7.
After Brighton closed to within 27-14 before the half ended with its best-sustained drive of the evening — a 94-yard march capped by a 22-yard TD pass from Robbie Coffin to Alma Wilson — Skyline halted Brighton on its first drive of the third quarter and then managed to increase its lead to 34-17 with its most methodical drive.
On a crucial sequence that provided a three-score lead, Skyline went 71 yards and used a 28-yard Wathen catch and another from Austin Robison of 17 yards to get within striking distance. A four-yard catch and spin into the end zone for West got the second half off on the right foot.
Silva, who continues to start in place of injured senior Nathan McGregor, went 17-for-26 for 340 yards and continues to show he can guide the Falcons downfield with efficiency.
“The kid’s incredible, and at this point he’s not a sophomore anymore,” West said. “He’s a starter and he’s playing with the big boys.”
Defensively, Skyline was missing a couple of key players, like linebacker Will Drewes. But sophomore Grayden Bridwell was just one of the many Falcons who helped keep Brighton to just 284 yards, while forcing three turnovers.
One of those turnovers was a pick-6 from West early that made it 14-0, and Bridwell also gathered an interception to go along with a mess of tackles.
“We had three linebackers out, so I had to step up and I just played my butt off for the team,” Bridwell said. “Just did the best I could. Last week they came back on Chatfield, so we knew we had to go out and stop them right after halftime.”
Jeremy Hollingsworth tallied 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Skyline will be gearing up all week for their next opponent — Longmont — coming Friday night at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Skyline 41, Brighton 17
At Brighton HS
Skyline (3-0)21677—41Brighton (2-2)7703—17
Skyline – Jeremy Hollingsworth 3 run (Ben Kalishar kick). Skyline – Kyle West 12 interception return (Kalishar). Brighton – Noah Madril 22 interception return (James Thomas kick). Skyline – Jack Wathen 75 pass from Chase Silva (Kalishar).
Skyline – Kyle West 70 pass from Silva (kick blocked). Brighton – Alma Wilson 22 pass from Robbie Coffin (Thomas kick).
Skyline – West 4 pass from Silva (Kalishar kick).
Brighton – Thomas 22 field goal. Skyline – Hollingsworth 19 run (Kalishar kick).
RUSHING — Skyline: Jeremy Hollingsworth 19-105, Chase Silva 3-(minus-1), Kyle West 3-4.
PASSING — Skyline: Silva 17-26-1-340.
RECEIVING — Skyling: West 6-186, Jack Wathen 5-119, Austin Robison 2-35, Hollingsworth 3-0, Andrew Dietz 1-0.