ARVADA — Skyline football doesn’t like having its back up against the wall.
When a bad bounce on a punt took the Falcons all the way to their own 1-yard line on Thursday night, senior quarterback Kaiden Box threw the ball 35 yards to connect with senior wide receiver Logan Miller. The Falcons scored 10 plays later to take the lead in a game they eventually won 14-13 over Standley Lake at the North Area Athletic Complex.
That first-half play proved pivotal in a game riddled with penalties and mishaps, as did a defensive stop on the Gators’ second touchdown and failed 2-point conversion at the start of the fourth quarter.
“The biggest challenge that I gave them was playing every play for four quarters and they did that. That’s why we won the football game,” head coach Mike Silva said. “That’s something that they had to prove to themselves and that’s a big win against a really good team that plays really hard. That challenge usually is it doesn’t get any easier. We’ll have a couple more probable playoff teams coming in the next two weeks, and we just got to go do the same thing, let the chips fall where they may. But if we play like that, I’ll take it. I’ll take it all day.”
The Falcons collected 450 all-purpose yards, most of which came from senior wide receiver Logan Miller’s 150 yards and junior running back Rah Carson’s 125 yards. Box threw for 190 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
That play, which senior tight end Landon Troupe completed, illuminated what the Falcons could really do when their opponent started to creep back into the competition. The Gators had tied the game up at 7-7 just five minutes earlier. Box and Troupe helped their team maintain the lead for the final time, and their defense did the rest.
“I saw my head coach Silva call it and I knew exactly what was going to happen,” Troupe said. “I saw that there were three corners and no safety. I knew I was gone so I just released, got right to where I needed to be. My quarterback, Box, threw probably the best ball that he could have thrown of all time. And then honestly, I ran so hard my palm cramped up from holding the ball.”
Up until that point, they couldn’t get much past their own 35-yard line. Winning ugly is still a win, and that will only harden the Falcons (1-1) whenever adversity undoubtedly visits them again down the line.
For now, they’ll focus on preparing for Fruita Monument, who they’ll host next Friday.
“In that second half, when they got that first touchdown, that was a big failure on our part, I would say, but when we came back, we stopped them. Then we got that ball and we ran that ball on offense and ran the time down,” junior running back Maddox Legget, who scored Skyline’s first touchdown, said. “That’s what won us the game.”