LONGMONT — Logan Miller. Just stop it.
Dazzling runs, a crackerjack punt return, incredible catches and the game-winning score in overtime, Miller, The Unstoppable, did a bit of everything in Friday’s stunning 35-34 comeback win over Monarch at Everly-Montgomery Field.
With the Coyotes’ hard-hitting, clock-chewing running siege punching out to a 28-6 lead late in the third quarter, the Skyline junior brought the Falcons back and gave the Falcons their first lead on a 14-yard, third-down pass from Kaiden Box on the first possession of overtime. Miller hauled the ball inside the 10, then gave a stiff-arm to a defender en route to his second TD of the night.
Monarch quickly answered on a 9-yard TD rush by Asher Ewing, but Skyline’s Maddox Leggett stuffed the two-point conversion attempt to lift the Falcons, who kept their playoff hopes alive.
It had been all Monarch until it was all Miller. The junior had 132 of the team’s 142 receiving yards, a large chunk coming on a 65-yard catch and wiggle that was eventually capped off to bring the Falcons within two scores late in the third. (He also scored the two-point conversion).
Miller followed that up with a 60-some-yard punt return that set Skyline up just shy of the red zone, then caught a 17-yard TD pass to finish it off.
On the tying drive, he made a grab over the head of a defensive back to push the offense inside the 15 before Wynn Drewes ran for his second TD of the game to tie things with 3:31 left in the fourth.
Skyline (5-3, 2-1 4A Northern 2) came into the week just inside the Class 4A 24-team projected playoff bracket, ranked 19th in RPI.
In thrilling style, it averted a loss to one-win Monarch (1-7, 0-3), which would have severely dampened its postseason chances.
Headlining Phil Bravo’s double-wing attack, Keiran Singh had more than 150 yards on the ground as he peeled through openings and tore off big runs for his fifth game over the century mark this season.
The senior had already topped 100 on the ground well before half, leading the Coyotes to their second-biggest lead at halftime of the season at 21-6. He then helped push Monarch down the field following the break, fueling a 15-play, 76-yard drive that ate 8:23 off the clock.
Ewing’s 3-yard TD pass to Joey Sawtelle on third-and-goal made it 28-6 with 3:37 left in the third.
Skyline answered. Three times.
Setup by Miller’s long catch-and-run, Rahman Carson ran in from 15 yards out to pull the Falcons within 14. Then after another time-consuming Monarch drive, Skyline scored again with 6:21 to go before the defense held the Coyotes to a three-and-out on their next possession.
Drewes’ tying score was his ninth TD of the season.
Miller drew a defensive pass interference in OT before scoring himself.
Skyline will travel to Grand Junction Central next week, while Monarch hosts Longmont.