Skyline High School
The Skyline Hawks football team took a lead into halftime, but could not hold on as they fell to Culpeper County by a final score of 27-16.
Skyline’s first drive ate up a lot of clock, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Starting at their own 20, the Hawks moved the ball mostly on the ground, with Kyle McHugh gaining most of the yards. Louie Garcia and Matt Rutherford also had catches of 8 yards each on the drive, and Garcia ran the ball for an additional 8 yards. Two QB keepers by Ryan Scott got the Hawks all the way down to Culpeper’s one yard line. But a holding penalty, a sack, 2 incomplete passes and a missed field goal, left the Hawks empty on the scoreboard.
Culpeper was also slow and methodical on their first series, running the ball on 11 of their 12 plays on the drive. Javae Colclough got the Blue Devils on the board with a 14 yard touchdown run with 9:36 left in the 2nd quarter.
The Hawks went three and out on their next series, but the defense was able to get the scoring going when Culpeper got the ball. Facing a 3rd and 5 from midfield, the Blue Devils quarterback threw the ball out to the right and it landed on the ground. Nathan Abel picked the lateral up and ran it in for the touchdown. The extra point was no good, and the Hawks trailed it 7-6 with 5:27 left in the 2nd quarter.
The Hawks forced Culpeper into a punt, getting the ball back with 1:44 left in the half. Big passes of 13 yards to Rutherford and 47 yards to Garcia, plus QB runs of 5 and 6 yards by Scott put the Hawks in the red zone. Scott’s 27 yard field goal with 2.8 seconds left put Skyline up 9-7 going into the halftime break.
Culpeper took the lead midway through the third quarter as Colclough ran it in from 1 yard out, putting the Blue Devils up 14-9 with 6:51 left in the third quarter.
Skyline was moving the ball well on its next series, but fumbled it away after crossing midfield and Culpeper recovered.
Nine plays later Noah Staton ran it in from the one yard line, and Culpeper extended their lead to 21-9 with 11:54 left in the game.
The Hawks took advantage of great field position following the kick return. Starting from their own 48, they had a hiccup on first down with a fumbled snap, losing 8 yards. Scott connected with Louie Garica on the next play for a 23 yard pass, and then Kyle McHugh used his speed to run straight down the center of the Blue Devil defense for a 37 yard touchdown run, bringing the Hawks within 21-16 with 10:26 remaining in the game.
Culpeper’s final score came when Staton ran it in from 6 yards out after a Hawk fumble deep in their own territory.
Skyline will again be on the road this week as they travel to Manassas Park.