Skyline started its 2013 campaign with a 42-0 win over St. Mary’s.
The Coyotes took advantage of an explosive running attack and less-than-ideal field conditions on their way to the lopsided win.
Skyline (1-0) scored quickly during its first offensive possession as senior quarterback Michael Amado connected with Cory Anderson on a 35-yard touchdown pass.
This would be Amado’s only completion of the night, however, as Coyotes coach Angelo Paffumi elected to stick to a heavy running attack for the entire game, which he said was not influenced by the field conditions.
“We were going to run the ball going in,” Paffumi said after the game. “We had a kid go down with a little bit of a ding and the other kids jumped in for him and took his spot; they ran real hard for him.”
The star of the game was Skyline senior Logan Ruppert, who usually plays wide receiver, but carried the ball 14 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns, one of 70 yards and the other a 99-yard dash to the end zone.
Gabe Lopez also had an impressive opener, carrying the ball eight times for 152 yards.
Sudden bursts of scoring were scattered throughout the first half of the game for Skyline, whose offense continually broke big play after big play. Two three-yard touchdown runs early in the third quarter put the finishing touches on the game.
Aside from the rushing yards, penalties played a major role in the pacing of the game. Combined, the teams were flagged 28 times for 207 total yards.
St. Mary’s (0-1) moved the ball in the middle of the field, but couldn’t put anything together inside the red zone, and Knights coach Todd Williamson said that many of his team’s problems stemmed from a lack of experience.
“We’re young. With our numbers, we don’t have a JV team and a lot of these kids should be playing JV. That’s just an honest statement. That’s no excuse though. Skyline came out and played a real nice game. I was proud of my boys,” Williamson said. “We’re expecting some losses like this just based on the fact that we’re very inexperienced. We didn’t expect it to be this bad, but we just have to get back to the drawing board and work harder.”
As for Skyline, Paffumi said that despite the victory, his team has a lot of work to do.
“We have to play better. We were sloppy at times,” he said. “Our schedule gets tougher and tougher each week, so we’ve got to get better because the teams are going to get tougher.”
Skyline 42, St. Mary’s 0
First Downs: Skyline 12, SM 10
Rushing: Skyline 37-449, SM 23-79
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Skyline 2-6-52-1-1, SM 17-30-116-0-0
Fumbles-lost: Skyline 3-0, SM 4-2
Penalties-yards: Skyline 19-145, SM 9-62
St. Mary’s 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Skyline 14 14 14 0 -- 42
Skyline: Anderson 35 pass from Amado (2-pt good)
Skyline: Ruppert 70 run (2-pt failed)
Skyline: Lopez 60 run (Tucker run)
Skyline: Ruppert 99 run (2-pt failed)
Skyline: Tucker 3 run (Amado run)
Skyline: Lopez 3 run (2-pt failed)