Despite a strong open on Friday night, Skyline fell short in its non-conference home football game against the Mount Si Wildcats, narrowly losing with a final score 33-30.
The Spartans opened the quarter with an early touchdown to leap ahead 7-0. Mount Si, unable to answer, would fall even further behind as the Spartans marched down field, adding another touchdown to end the first quarter with a strong 13-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, as the second quarter started, the Wildcats worked hard to redirect the game momentum. Mount Si would get on the board with a touchdown but missed the extra point, closing the gap to 13-6 to end the half.
After using halftime to reassess their strategies, both teams began the third quarter strong. The back and forth contest with multiple possession exchanges made for an exciting second half opening as both teams racked up points on the board.
Just two minutes into the quarter, Skyline completed a pass for a touchdown to make the score 20-6. But Mount Si, determined not to fall further behind, would answer with a 12-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 20-13.
Skyline would manage one more touchdown in the third quarter but, ultimately, could not keep pace with Mount Si’s offensive momentum. The Wildcats not only added two more touchdowns but snuck in a 2-point conversion to dominate the third quarter, taking the lead for the first time at 30-27.
Despite continued pressure from the Wildcat offense and a threat of another touchdown, the Spartan defense held. Being well-matched but looking exhausted in the fourth quarter, both Skyline and Mount Si would add only three-point field goals to their respective scores. In the end, the Spartans, for a second close game this season, simply ran out of time, falling to the Wildcats 33-30.
Skyline (1-3) will face Issaquah in an away game on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.