In a low scoring matchup on Friday with equally talented players on both sides of the ball, the Skyline Spartans delivered a hard-fought victory against the Woodinville Falcons, 13-3, on Skyline’s senior night.
The Falcons and Spartans battled back and forth throughout the first quarter with neither team able to capitalize on possession. But the stalemate broke in the second quarter as Skyline inched toward the end zone on multiple downs. Finally, within field goal range, Sean Lee kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Spartans the 3-0 lead.
With less than two minutes remaining in the half, the Falcons were inspired by their deficit and fought hard to get within field goal range. Refusing to be shut down, Woodinville matched the Skyline score with a successful kick of their own to end the half.
Despite several long pass attempts, the third quarter played out similarly to the first, with no point gain for either team.
The pressure was on in the final quarter for both teams. With just five minutes remaining, the Spartans’ next set of plays proved they had no interest in overtime. A handoff to Josh Menold was fruitful as he punched through the Woodinville defense for the one and only touchdown of the night and a 10-3 lead for Skyline.
While the Spartans had the lead, it was slim one. They knew the Falcons could come back and tie the game and time was on their opponent’s side. They could hold on to a victory with hard work, and a little luck. Fortunately for Skyline, they had both, with a Falcon fumble and a Spartan recovery.
With four minutes remaining and possession back in Spartan hands, Skyline ran down the clock on downs to reach the 36-yardline. Once again, the Spartans turned to their reliable kicker, Lee, who put the ball through the uprights and delivered the 13-3 victory.
Skyline will play Puyallup at home on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. in a post-season playoff game. A win gives them an opportunity to qualify for the state football tournament.