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Skyline teammates Nate Woods, D.C. Wolf, Francisco Avitia and Logan Ruppert come out in solidarity before second half of the game against Chandler Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler.[Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert looks to put the hurt on Chandler wide receiver Dionte Sykes Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to the Tribune]
Chandler players tackle Skyline running back Logan Ruppert during the game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Skyline running back Logan Ruppert gets congratulated by teammate Austin Flemming after scoring a TD during the game against Mesa Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 in Mesa. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
It took more than 40 minutes but Skyline got its offense in gear – despite missing its injured big guns – and just may have played itself into the postseason.
Skyline stayed unbeaten Friday night celebrating homecoming with a 57-0 rout of winless Phoenix Maryvale.
Logan Ruppert scores one of his two touchdowns on the night in Skyline's 57-0 rout of Maryvale on Sept. 27, 2013.
Skyline improved to 4-0 on the season with a 28-7 win over Gilbert on Friday at Gilbert. The Coyotes have not had a winning season since 2008 but that streak of losing seasons appears on its way to an end as Skyline has shown balance on both sides of the ball.
Skyline's Logan Ruppert walks out of the endzone with the ball after scoring a two-point conversion on a pass from Michael Amado while taking on Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
The Coyotes have been one of the least successful programs in the East Valley for the past several years but are off to a great start. The schedule has been light, and Skyline has taken advantage with an undefeated mark through five games. Wide receiver Logan Ruppert filled in very well at running back in the earlygoing with 56 carries for 545 yards, and the team has a cumulative yards-per-carry average of 8.10. The defense has been stout, allowing just 8.4 points per game. The Coyotes end the year with games against Mountain View, Desert Ridge, Desert Mountain, Mesa and Red Mountain, so one win might be the maximum in the second half, but the team should have a shot at the playoffs if it can finish with a 6-4 record.
Honorable mention: Campo Verde, Westwood, Horizon
Skyline's Logan Ruppert celebrates a touchdown against Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert dives towards the endzone after running with the ball to score a touchdown Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert, center, celebrates a touchdown against Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline running back Logan Ruppert runs the ball against Corona del Sol for a gain of 40-yards, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Skyline running back Logan Ruppert runs the ball against Corona del Sol for a gain of 6-yards, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert carries the ball against Corona del Sol in the second half of play, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Skyline football coach Angelo Paffumi is happy with the start to the season, but knows things will get harder.
It’s a lot of fun to watch the East Valley’s best go toe-to-toe throughout the season, and there will be no shortage of those heavyweight showdowns in upcoming weeks.
Skyline is off to a good start with wins over St. Mary's and Yuma Cibola, but Corona del Sol is better than those two teams. Still, it's been miserable in Corona country, having been dissected by Sierra Vista Buena and Horizon, the Aztecs are more than licking their wounds. Colin Freeland (119 yards, 4 TD) and RJ Rhiner (425 yards passing, 5 TD, 2 INT) have led the offense thus far for the Aztecs, and Tevin Mayfield and Grant Fishburn have been big-play guys at receiver. Mayfield, in particular, will be a big task for Skyline's defense. Logan Ruppert has run well for Skyline (385 yards, 5 TD) as has Gabe Lopez (175 yards, 2 TD) and Cory Anderson had a big night last week for the Coyotes catching the ball. Despite Corona's problems (and there are many) are the Coyotes ready for the next mini-bump in competition? Yes.
Prediction: Skyline 24, Corona del Sol 20
Logan Ruppert, Skyline: 278 yards, 2 TD
Joe Kuhlmann, Cactus Shadows: 257 yards, 4 TD
Dezmond Sueing, Westwood: 185 yards, 3 TD
Ryan McCord, Highland: 178 yards, 2 TD
Elijah Castro, Chaparral (pictured): 177 yards, 4 TD
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 164 yards, 4 TD
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 160 yards
Gabe Lopez, Skyline: 152 yards, 2 TD
Josh Hoekstra, Pinnacle: 149 yards, TD
Brandon Hatfield, Poston Butte: 139 yards, 3 TD
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 126 yards, 3 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 125 yards, 2 TD
Nicholas Bush, Higley: 123 yards, TD
Brennen Dobson, Red Mountain: 120 yards, TD
Matt Guida, Queen Creek: 114 yards, 3 TD
Skyline started its 2013 campaign with a 42-0 win over St. Mary’s.