Eisenhower brothers lead passing attack

Utica Eisenhower is two wins away from a state championship in Division 1 and the brother combination of Tony and Nick Skeltis will play no small role in any success the Eagles hope to have for the rest of the season.

Eisenhower, 12-0, plays Grandville, 9-3, in the semifinals Saturday at Lansing Everitt High School. Eisenhower can advance to the finals Nov. 29 at the Pontiac Silverdome.

For Eisenhower, while quarterback Jorel Petree has had an outstanding year, so has Tony Skeltis and brother Nick at wide receiver.

"We've been mixing it up with the run and pass throughout the game," Tony Skeltis said

Late in the year, he had 15 catches and three touchdowns.

"Getting yards after the touchdown is a strength," he said.

Eisenhower was 7-2 during the regular season last year but this year went 9-0 and is 3-0 during the playoffs so far. A year ago, high expectations were aimed at an Eisenhower team that lost in the regional finals.

"It was real important for us to finish 9-0 this year," Tony Skeltis said. "You want to prove to everyone you're the best team around. Last year, we were ranked No. 1 in the state but didn't do as well as we had hoped. This year, going undefeated all the way, I think we've surprised a lot of people. We feel we're up there with all the other teams."

Nick Skeltis has played wide receiver all three years and had more than 40 catches during the regular season. Defensively, he's also played linebacker and some safety.

"The best part of pass catching has been running my routes. Plus I have pretty good hands," he said.

The brother combination has been very effective for Eisenhower.

"If the defenses show double coverage on me, we can throw to my brother," Nick Skeltis said.

Nick agreed with his brother that a 9-0 regular-season record was a key goal.

"As soon as we accomplished that, we were ready for the playoffs," he said."I feel confident we can go for the state championship. We're all very confident."

When the season is over, both brothers will look into possible college careers.

"We'll deal with that after the season," Tony Skeltis said. "One of my teachers knows a coach from Central Michigan and we're looking at that. I'll play college football somewhere."

They're hoping to be able to play at the same place.

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