The Skyline Hawks played an exciting, close game before falling to the James Wood Colonels in overtime by a final score of 28-22 on Friday night.
The Hawks got the scoring going on their 2nd drive of the night. Quarterback Ryan Scott moved the ball down the field with a 22 yard pass to Trenton King on the first play of the drive, and two plays later, connected with Louie Garcia for 24 yards. On a fourth and 14, Scott ran it 23 yards for a touchdown and Skyline took a 7-0 lead with 2:59 left in the first quarter.
After the defense forced the Colonels to turn it over on downs, the offense got back on the scoreboard again. Scott hit Trenton King for two completions to start the drive. Then, a 6 yard run by Tucker Fortney and a pass to Garcia, set the Hawks up at the Colonel 24. On third down, Scott hit King for a 24 yard touchdown, putting Skyline up 14-0 with 10:11 left in the 2nd quarter.
James Wood bounced right back, running 6 times in a row, capped by Tyler Arnold's 26 yard touchdown run. A two point conversion run by Mark Cisler cut the Skyline lead to 14-8 with 7:37 left in the 2nd quarter. Neither team mounted a scoring drive for the rest of the half, so it remained 14-8 at the half.
The Colonels got the 2nd half kickoff, and again turned to the ground game, running it on 11 out of 12 plays on their drive. The drive was capped off by William Crowder running into the end zone from 9 yards out to put James Wood up 15-14 with 5:21 left in the third quarter.
After stopping the Hawks, James Wood scored again, this time on a 9 yard run by Samuel Adkins. With that score, the Colonels were up 22-14 with 1:35 left in the third quarter.
Neither team was able to score on the next 4 drives, despite a snap into Skyline's own end zone on a punt attempt, that turned into a harmless incomplete pass.
Finally, the Hawks got the ball with just 2:24 left in the game at their own 20 yard line. Scott connected with Ty Clingerman on a 13 yard pass to keep the drive alive early. Other big plays early in the drive included an 8 yard pass to Fortney and back-to-back 13 yard passes to Garcia to move the ball into Colonel territory with 48 seconds remaining. Ryan Scott picked up the next first down on an 11 yard run, and then spiked the ball on the next snap to stop the clock with 26.8 seconds remaining. After an incomplete pass, Scott connected with King on a 13 yard pass to get the ball to the 8 yard line with 12.8 seconds remaining. Two plays later, Scott hit Louie Garcia in the right corner of the end zone with 3.2 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 24-22. Needing a two-point conversion, Scott ran an extremely similar play and hit Garcia with the pass in the same corner to tie the game, sending it into overtime.
Leading off the overtime, the Colonels scored on the third play when Cisler ran it in from 3 yards out. The conversion failed due to a bad snap and group of swarming Hawks. So the score was James Wood 28, Skyline 22 heading into Skyline's turn in the overtime.
The Hawks gained 1 yard on a first down run by Scott, but 3 incomplete passes ended the game and the Colonels escaped with a 28-22 victory.
Skyline travels to Handley on Saturday afternoon to take on the Judges.