LONGMONT — Logan Miller heaved the ball long and high to Andrew Muncy late in the first half against Grand Junction on Saturday afternoon.
The Miller-Muncy pair, which proved vital to Skyline’s 51-6 victory over the Tigers at Everly-Montgomery Field, especially in the first half, connected once again to bring home a monster 62-yard touchdown.
That sparkling play stood out in a first half that was otherwise wrought with turnover after turnover from both teams. Miller finished with 213 passing yards through three quarters as Muncy caught 154 of them.
“He’s like one of the fastest kids in the state, so I just threw it really far for him and I was excited when he caught it. I thought he was going to break the tackle, but it was still like a 50-yard gain,” Miller said. “(Playing quarterback) has been rough. I’m still working on it a lot. That felt good.”
Skyline’s football season wasn’t supposed to start out this way.
The Falcons ended 2020 with a postseason exclusion courtesy of a one-point, season-ending loss to league rival and eventual Class 4A state champion Loveland. Throughout the opening weeks of their 2021 schedule, they had to bench starting quarterback Kaiden Box, among four other starters, due to a collarbone injury.
Still, the Falcons took on the challenge with grace. Junior wide receiver Miller moved over to quarterback and Skyline relied a little bit more on the run. Their adjustments have paid off, first in a 21-14 win at Rampart last week and then with the beatdown of Grand Junction on Saturday.
That previous effort placed the Falcons just one vote away from the Class 4A CHSAANow.com top 10 in this week’s coaches poll. With No. 8 Vista Ridge taking a forfeit for COVID protocols and No. 7 Fruita Monument taking a loss on Friday night, Skyline should be able to find their way into CHSAA’s rankings come Monday.
“We have people on the sidelines always watching and we switch out people during practice to make sure everybody knows what they’re doing,” Muncy said. “Honestly, when we don’t come together, that’s how we lose. We need to make sure everybody’s doing their jobs, stuff like that and we all just work together, boosting each other up.”
Skyline kept its cool amid a number of mistakes in the first half and relied on the defense to get the job done on the other side of the ball. That combination lent way to a 31-6 halftime score, one that only grew in the home team’s favor during the second half.
The Falcons will need to carry that momentum forward into next Friday’s contest when they host No. 10 Golden for what should be a top-10 matchup.
“It was kind of a take care of business type of game,” head coach Michael Silva said. “We were sloppy a little bit there in the second quarter, but aside from that, I think the boys really answered the call after halftime and cleaned things up and they did a great job. We had five starters out, so we had a bunch of guys stepping up. That’s who we are and that’s what’s fun about it. We get some guys back for next week.”