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SKYLINE GETS SOME BIG PLAYS TO TOP TAYLORSVILLE

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Facing Class 5A's best defense, Skyline coach Roger DuPaix asked his defending state champion Eagles to "give everything you've got."

The message got through - loud and clear."Our kids rose to the occasion and made some big plays for us," DuPaix said after Skyline's 30-14 playoff victory over Taylorsville Saturday.

The Warriors, participating in postseason play for the first time in six years, entered the first-round contest having surrendered just 66 points in a 7-2 campaign.

"We knew Taylorsville was a good team," said DuPaix, whose team led 9-7 at halftime. "And we knew we had to get out of the gates fast (in the second half)."

Jason Anderson intercepted a Warrior pass on the first play of the third quarter to set up a quick Skyline score. Josh Lyman capped a four-play, 32-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Mark McGill added the extra point to increase the Eagles' lead to 16-7 just 2:12 into it.

While forcing Taylorsville into a pair of punts and an interception, Skyline capped a run of 30 unanswered points with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Back-up quarterback Dave Grant entered the game as a running back with 11:51 remaining and promptly completed a halfback pass to Derric Maxfield for a 58-yard touchdown.

Less than five minutes later, Spencer Sigoda returned an interception - his second of the day - 82 yards for the Eagles' final score. Taylorsville answered with a 59-yard touchdown run by Mark Clinton with 3:26 remaining to cap all scoring.

The Warriors led 7-0 early in the second quarter when Ryan Johnston scored on 19-yard run and Jason Zur added the PAT. Skyline began its decisive response with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Jackson Peck less than two minutes later. The Eagles took the lead for good with 2.2 seconds left in the half on a 21-yard field goal by McGill.

Taylorsville had a first-quarter scoring opportunity thwarted when the ball bounced off a receiver's chest in the end zone and into the hands of Sigoda.

"The turnover thing," was what Taylorsville coach Mark Clinton pinpointed as the difference in the game. "We wanted to try to throw enough to get them out of their defense a little bit to loosen things up."

The setback ended Taylorsville's most successful football season.

"All you can ask for is an opportunity. That's what we worked for," said Clinton. "We just wanted to be in there - to have a chance."