Skyline football coach Angelo Paffumi is happy with the start to the season, but knows things will get harder.
The Coyotes have had two lopsided wins to start the season, the latest a 33-14 win over Yuma Cibola on Friday.
"We have to learn how to win, when we start playing the East Valley schools (host Corona del Sol Thursday) we got to step it up," Paffumi said.
"There is a lot more pride now, people with more spirit and buying into the program," Skyline quarterback Michael Amado said.
Amado turned in a solid game for the Coyotes (2-0), as he ran and passed for over 100 yards. Amado clicked on 8-of-14 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, both to Cory Anderson of 47 and 50 yards, respectively. Amado also rushed for 128 yards on ten carries.
Anderson hauled in four passes for 111 yards. Running back Logan Ruppert who had 278 yards rushing in the opener, ran for three touchdowns, all in the second quarter.
A setback for Skyline came when two way starter in the line senior Manny Ramirez went down late in the first quarter. After a half-hour delay he was taken off the field by stretcher to an ambulance.
"It was serious, he will be out, it was the tibia and fibula above the ankle," Paffumi said. "He was a two-way starting lineman, some kids will have to step it up in his place.
"It's tough, we have played together since as freshman, he was a key starter on the line and the most spirited," Amado added
Skyline scored on its first possession, marching 78 yards in six plays. Amado hit Anderson for a 47-yard strike at the 8:17 mark of the opening quarter. The Coyotes erupted for three touchdowns in the last 4:51 of the second quarter.
Stingy Skyline defense set up great field position for the scores. Ruppert found the end zone from four and 15 yards out, respectively. With 47 seconds left before intermission Anderson took a 5-yard pass from Amado and pitched it back to Ruppert who took it 48 yards to the house for his third touchdown.
"Michael (Amado) hit some big passes early over the top to set the tone," Paffumi said. "They (Cibola) were putting ten guys in the box and we should be able to throw on that, we had some missed routes."
The Raiders (0-2) scored twice in the second half both set up after interceptions. Lucky Arvizo threw a pair of touchdown passes, first to Michael Decorse-Hall for 18 yards, and then Gabe Villapudua from 25 yards. It was the first points Skyline had given up this season.
"(Arvizo), threw for 440 yards last week," Paffumi said. "Our ends Jonah Desoto and Devonte Alford did a good job of containing them on defense."
The Coyotes' score in the second half came when Amado hit Anderson on the sidelines who made a nifty move to the inside and went untouched for 50 yards.
"Cory is very good at adjusting to the ball on passes, he made some nice catches," Amado said. "We just put the hook and ladder play in Wednesday and Cory made the catch and pitch to Logan (Ruppert) who took the rest of the way."
The game was marred by penalties both ways with thirty flags thrown for 275 yards.
Skyline 33, Cibola 14
First Downs: C 4, S 15
Rushing: C 23-21, S 37-285
Passing (comp-att-yards-TD-INT): C 6-13-79-2-1, S 9-18-185-2-2
Fumbles-Lost: C 2-0, S 3-0
Penalties-Yards: C 12-130, S 18-145
Cibola 0 0 14 0 - 14
Skyline 6 21 6 0 - 33
S: Anderson 47 pass from Amado (pass failed)
S: Ruppert 4 run (Tucker pass from Amado)
S: Ruppert 15 run (run failed)
S: Ruppert 48 yard pitch from Anderson (Pallozzi kick)
C: Decorse-Hall 28 pass from Arvizo (Gastellum kick)
S: Anderson 50 pass from Amado (kick failed)
C: Villapudua 25 pass from Arvizo (Gastellum kick)