Football: Skyline offense struggles in loss to Brighton

Falcons defense holds Bulldogs under 140 yards in loss

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    Brighton's Justice Kaneta, left, pressures Skyline quarterback Chase Silva during the game on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont.

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    Skyline's Mike McKrola, right, carries the football on a rushing attempt against Brighton on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont.

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    Skyline's Grayden Bridwell looks for running room against Brighton during their game played Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont.

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    Skyline's Esteban Morado reaches for the football on a pass attempt during their game against Brighton on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Longmont.

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    Skyline's Hayden Robison, right, pursues Brighton's Elijah Cortez during the first half of their game played at Everly-Montgomery Field on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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    Brighton's Eli Bowman, left, tries to get out of the grasp of Skyline's Oscar Aranday during a football game played at Everly-Montgomery Field on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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    Skyline's Mike McKrola, right, takes a handoff from Chase Silva during their game against Brighton on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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LONGMONT – The Skyline football team hasn’t clicked yet in 2019 and the Falcons’ struggles continued at Everly-Montgomery Field on Friday night.

Hosting the Brighton Bulldogs, the Skyline defense more than held its own but the offense never seemed to find any footing at all. The Falcons lost 11-6 and fell to 1-2 early in a season that began with high expectations after Skyline made a long-awaited appearance in the 4A state title game last fall.

After the game, head coach Mike Silva was quick to remind his team that the Falcons were a still-achievable 3-2 after last year’s nonleague slate and that the defending runners-up have a lot more football left to play.

Skyline's Mike McKrola, right, carries the ...
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Skyline’s Mike McKrola, right, carries the football on a rushing attempt against Brighton on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont.

“There’s three segments to the season,” Silva said. “There’s your nonleague games and then your second segment is your league schedule. Then your third segment is your postseason if you’re fortunate enough to get there. This doesn’t feel all that different than it did after our loss to Holy Family last season when we lost two in a row and had to bring it back together.

“We haven’t played enough football to say this is who we are yet.”

The Falcons have dropped out of the CHSAANow.com rankings since appearing on the list as the preseason No. 4 team in 4A. They took a 42-14 loss at the hands of the Mead Mavericks on the chin in Week 2 and had a third-week bye to recover.

The Skyline defense, which held the Bulldogs offense under 140 yards, looked rested while the offense was all out of sorts.

Brighton (3-1) shut the Falcons (1-2) out and held their offense to 22 yards in the first half. The Bulldogs scored first with a 39-yard field goal by James Thomas in the first quarter. Running back Ivan Scarpino punched in a touchdown with a 1-yard dive in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs an 11-0 halftime lead.

Through the Falcons’ first two games, junior quarterback Chase Silva completed 27 of 46 passing attempts for 431 yards and seven touchdowns, and had thrown just one interception. On Friday night, Silva was sacked four times while he completed just seven passes for 53 yards and threw two interceptions.

Silva did account for the Falcons’ only score in the game, connecting with senior tight end Austin Robison for a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter. On the play, Robison caught the ball just inside the 10-yard line and dragged several defenders with him into the end zone.

“We just can’t get out of our own way offensively,” Silva said. “We played great defensively. We only gave up the one long play that led to a touchdown and the other one was a turnover that gave them three. So we were great on defense but we’ve got to fix the offense and there’s no one problem there. We’ve got to be better all around.”

The Falcons offense mustered just over 100 total yards.

The Falcons will play a big cross-town rivalry game against Longmont (2-1) back at Everly-Montgomery Field next Friday. Longmont has won the last nine meetings between the two teams dating back to 2004.