Skyline 21, Sheldon 0
Amidst all the national attention, Skyline stepped into a hostile environment and won its first game of the season Saturday, 21-0, over Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.) at Portland’s PGE Park.
The Spartans struck early, scoring on a 5-yard pass from junior Jake Heaps to senior Jake Knecht.
Skyline held a 6-0 advantage until the third quarter, when senior wide receiver Gino Simone took a handoff 87 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Sophomore defensive back Kasen Williams intercepted a pass and returned it 68 yards for a score in the third quarter.
Heaps finished the game 6-for-18 passing for 96 yards. Senior running back Joey Evans carried the ball 16 times for 95 yards.
Skyline’s defense, which had three shutouts last season, held Sheldon to just 53 yards rushing. Anthony DeMatteo led the Spartans in tackles with nine.
Skyline vs. Ballard
Kickoff: 7 p.m. tonight
Quick look: Ballard lost 43-7 at home to Liberty last week and scored its only touchdown on a 63-yard fumble return. Nationally ranked Skyline is playing its first home game of the season.
Prediction: Skyline has too much firepower, and playing on its home field won’t make anything easier for the Beavers. Final score: 55-7 Skyline.
Eastlake 24, Mount Si 12
Despite losing starting quarterback Drake Furcini to a first-quarter concussion, the Eastlake Wolves were able to pull out a non-league road victory, downing KingCo 3A Mount Si 24-12.
Junior Kelby McCorkle stepped in and handled the offense with poise, completing 9 of 15 passes for three touchdowns, 102 yards and one interception.
The Wildcats took the initial lead in the first quarter, scoring on a 69-yard pass from Tyson Riley to Rossco Castagno. Eastlake fought back with a pair of 6-yard TD passes. McCorkle connected with senior Jeff Grotjahn on one and senior Scott Payton on the other, for a 14-6 lead. Kelly Rockey added a 28-yard field goal and McCorkle connected with running back Cameron Hunt for a 55-yard score in the third quarter.
Eastlake at Lake Washington
Kickoff: 7 p.m. tonight
Quick look: Lake Washington is coming off a disappointing 7-6 road loss to Mercer Island. First-year head coach and former Seahawk Ray Roberts is trying to rebuild a team that went 0-9 last season. Eastlake’s defense looked exceptionally strong against one of the teams expected to contend with Bellevue for the KingCo 3A title.
Prediction: Lake Washington will be excited for its home opener, but Eastlake presents too strong a defense and too many weapons on offense for the Kangaroos. Final score: 28-10 Eastlake.