Two of the top teams in D2 squared off in the Cox 7 Thursday Night Game of the Week and played a very tough game that wasn't decided until the final minutes of the game.
Neither team scored in the 1st quarter and it took nearly the entire 2nd quarter before someone got on the board. Skyline struck first but it wasn't until 1:48 was left in the first half.
Quarterback T.J. Duarte threw a screen pass to Amarii Keyes and took the Coyotes to midfield. TE Jonathan Jackson then took a shovel pass for a big gain. On 3rd and 11, Duarte hit Mason Crawford for the first down and then Jackson took a reverse in for a score. 7-0 Coyotes at the half.
Williams Field was able to tie the game at 7 with 2:54 left in the 3rd quarter. After converting on 4th and 2, a personal foul moved the Black Hawks into scoring position. QB Weston Murphy then hit TE Hunter Ives for a score. 7-7.
Skyline scored 10 points in the 4th quarter to pull out the victory.
Backed up, Duarte hit Manny Ruiz for a 40 yard gain and then hit Jackson on a big pass that moved the ball to the 1 yard line. Kaleb Hardin punched it in to give the Coyotes a 14-7 lead.
An injury to Williams Field RB Evan Price delayed the game a half hour. The game restarted with Williams Field driving but ultimatley stopped on 4th down.
Williams Field had some life left, stopping Skyline on 4th and short and getting the ball back with a chance to tie it. But Skyline DE Jesus Prieto intercepted Murphy and the Coyotes turned in into points with a Daniel Espino field goal.
Final: Skyline 17 Williams Field 7
This was a close battle between two very tough teams but aisde from football, a young man's life was dramatically impacted tonight. Williams Field RB Evan Price suffered a nasty looking broken leg. I have seen this injury happen first hand to a player of mine and the rehab will be long. Prayers go out to Evan and his family.
Skyline's defense gets the game ball. They held Williams Field to under 200 total yards of offense, forced two turnovers late in the game and didn't allow a third down conversion all night long.