Mitch Reid came home from football practice last Tuesday night with a horrendous headache.
"It was the worst pain I've ever felt," he said. "At 2 a.m., I finally went to the emergency room."
The pain in the Skyline quarterback's head was caused by spinal meningitis, and the senior spent the next few days in the hospital and then in bed. He listened to the Eagles play last Friday night while he recovered.
"That was hard," he said. "But Kam (Haller) did an awesome job."
Friday night Reid was back in uniform but found himself sidelined again after he led his teammates to a huge lead in their eventual 52-7 rout of Kearns. He even got to cheer Haller on as he ran for the team's second to last touchdown on a one-yard run.
"My teammates are awesome," Reid said after the game where he threw the first three touchdown passes. "They came to visit me in the hospital . . . It was scary stuff. I'm very fortunate, and I'm taking it slow."
Reid was everything but slow as he sparked the Eagles' huge offensive outing. Skyline finished with 267 yards rushing in a game where 13 backs carried the ball. Ian Galanis was the running-back work horse as he accumulated 115 yards and a touchdown himself.
The defense and special teams even got in on the action adding 12 points to the Eagles total. One of those was a fumbled recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Leka Moeaky in the second quarter just three plays after Jacobs Rodgers ran three yards for a touchdown.
"It was my first one," he said sporting a huge smile. "It was a real surprise, and real fun, too."
The touchdown didn't, however, make Moeaky want to switch to offense.
Kearns was plagued by penalties and managed only a handful of first downs in its second loss. The Cougars' only touchdown came in the second quarter when Anthony Webb ran 80 yards for six points. Defensively, Zack Triplett had several big tackles as Reid took to the air a lot in the first quarter.
Skyline's players and coaches were surprised the win was so lopsided.
"Kearns has played well so far, but I think we just got some momentum in the first quarter that really carried us," said Roger Dupaix.
Reid echoed his coach's sentiments. "I don't think that was their best game," Reid said. "They're going to be there at the end."