Skyline High School
It may have been Senior Night for the Manassas Park Cougars, but it was the Skyline Hawk seniors who put on a show on Friday Night.
The first score came from the defense on the Cougars' first possession. Andre Kidd threw a lateral that missed that landed on the ground, and Skyline senior Justin Jenkins picked the ball up and raced 39 yards up the sideline for the touchdown. A missed conversion left the score 6-0 Hawks with 8:02 left in the first quarter.
A few possessions later, Manassas Park was able to tie it up as A.J. Simon ran it in from 2 yards out, and the teams were tied at 6 with 50 seconds left in the first quarter.
Skyline used a 45 yard pass from Ryan Scott to Louie Garcia to get set up in the red zone on their next possession. Then Scott ran it in from 17 yards out to put the Hawks up 13-6 with 11:03 left in the 2nd quarter.
After a crazy botched punt attempt, the Hawks started their next possession with great field position at the Cougars 45. Skyline used passes to Matt Rutherford and Ty Clingerman plus runs from Tucker Fortney to get the ball inside the 10 yard line. Scott finished the drive off with a 4 yard run and the Hawks were up 20-6 with 5:18 left in the first half.
Manassas Park used a 13-play drive that took almost all of the remaining time in the half, before Kidd went play-action on fourth and 1 from the Skyline 6 and hit Deonti Solano for the touchdown reception with 24 seconds left in the half, cutting the score to 20-12.
Skyline got the ball back on their own 35 to start the final drive of the half. After an incomplete pass on first down, Scott hit senior Bailey Smeltzer with a 52 yard pass down to the Cougar 13. The Hawks called timeout, and then Douglas Cummings kicked a 30 yard field goal as time expired to put the Hawks up 23-12 af the half.
Manassas Park was able to move the ball on the first possession of the 2nd half, but an interception in the end zone by Laterrian Barber ended the scoring threat and gave the ball back to the Hawks.
Starting from their own 4, Skyline got out of the shadow of the end zone on three tough-nosed runs by Tucker Fortney. Another key play on the drive came on 2nd down and 10 from the Hawks 18. Scott's pass fell incomplete, but there was a flag for pass interference near the Skyline sideline. Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, another flag was thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Cougar bench. Now with the ball on their 49, Scott aired it out and hit Garcia in stride for a 51 yard touchdown, putting Skyline up 30-12 with 6::18 left in the third quarter.
The Cougars moved the ball well on their next possession, making it down to the Skyline 12 yard line. But a sack by Kyle McHugh and Jenkins pushed the Cougars back 11 yards. Then on the next play, Jacob Grady and Ethan Nowell teamed up on a sack to push the Manassas Park further back. Two incomplete passes resulted in a turnover on downs.
Skyline's next drive was aided by a 22 yard pass to Garcia and a 24 yard pass to Rutherford, setting Skyline up at the 11 yard line. Tucker Fortney ran it in from there to put the Hawks up 37-12 with 9:49 left in the game.
Manassas Park never gave up, though, and picked up a first down on their next drive. But another sack by Grady, and then an interception by Rutherford sealed the victory for the Hawks.
Ryan Scott threw for 209 yards and one touchdown, plus ran for 2 more touchdowns. Tucker Fortney ran for 63 yards and a TD, and Louie Garcia had 118 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Skyline improves to 3-4 on the year, and will host William Monroe for Homecoming on Friday.