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High school football: Skyline coach proud after Eagles beat Hurricane in thriller, 28-27

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It’s a long season, but I was sure proud of how they were able to give that last bit of effort when they were obviously tired there at the end. – Skyline head coach Zac Erekson

SALT LAKE CITY — Skyline football coach Zac Erekson likely rolled out of bed a bit later on Saturday than usual, with a hoarse voice and the need for probably even some sleep. But overriding all conditions and emotions was a feeling of happiness over what his players accomplished the night before in securing a 28-27 overtime win over Hurricane.

The Eagles made the five-hour trip down to Hurricane on Friday, leaving at 9 a.m. for a matchup with the Tigers. Despite the uncommon road trip, Erekson's team came out strong and was poised to cruise to victory after building a 20-0 lead through three quarters of play.

But it was then that the wheels started to fall off.

The Tigers managed 20 fourth-quarter points to send the game into overtime, leaving Erekson a bit anxious regarding his team's ability to respond.

"It was like a bad dream watching them score and then tie it up in that fourth quarter," Erekson said. "But we had to give a bit more, so I told (my players), 'We sat on a bus for five hours to get here, and we certainly can give a little bit more to pull it out.' That's what I told them and I think they responded pretty well."

Hurricane led off the overtime period with a touchdown on a 1-yard run from Joe Armijo to go up 27-20 after a successful extra point.

Skyline responded quickly, with junior Seth Kaelin scoring from 10 yards out to cut the lead to 27-26. Then, without hesitation, Erekson called for a 2-point conversion to end things right there and then.

"Those are the situations we practice for and I knew before we even scored that we were going for two," Erekson said. "You could tell guys were getting a bit tired, so we called a play we've run successfully in practice and had confidence we could get it done."

The play was one normally executed by running back Saione Matagi, but due to a late injury, the run play fell on the shoulders of Kaelin.

"Seth was never in there for that play we called, so I asked him if he knew what he was doing and he said, 'I got this coach,'" Erekson said. "He executed it perfectly, out-raced everyone to the end zone, and we were able to get out of there with a win."

The win likely made arriving back to Salt Lake City at 4 a.m. a much better trip than otherwise. But more importantly was the experience, as a whole, for the rest of the season.

"I hope our players learned to buy in maybe a bit more to the hallmarks of our program," Erekson said. "It's a long season, but I was sure proud of how they were able to give that last bit of effort when they were obviously tired there at the end. So yeah, I think we can take a lot from the win, improve upon things we didn't do so well, and then keep improving for the rest of the season."

High school football rankings

Class 5A

Team Record Pv.

1. Bingham 1-0 1

2. Herriman 1-0 2

3. Lone Peak 1-0 3

4. Davis 1-0 4

5. Jordan 1-0 —

Class 4A

Team Record Pv.

1. East 1-0 1

2. Timpview 1-0 2

3. Highland 1-0 3

4. Springville 1-0 4

5. Alta 1-0 5

Class 3AA

Team Record Pv.

1. Desert Hills 0-1 2

2. Pine View 1-0 4

3. Tooele 1-0 5

4. Dixie 0-1 1

5. Hurricane 0-1 —

Class 3A

Team Record Pv.

1. Juan Diego 0-1 1

2. Juab 1-0 3

3. Manti 1-0 4

4. Morgan 0-1 2

5. North Sanpete 0-1 5

Class 2A

Team Record Pv.

1. Beaver 1-0 1

2. South Summit 1-0 2

3. San Juan 0-1 2

4. Summit Academy 1-0 5

5. North Summit 0-1 3

Class 1A

Team Record Pv.

1. Kanab 1-0 2

2. Duchesne 1-0 3

3. Layton Christian 1-0 —

4. Rich 0-0 4

5. Diamond Ranch 0-1 1

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