For its Homecoming football game Friday night against Region 2 foe Alta, Skyline High brought back an appropriate blast from the past - one Freddie Mercury. You probably know him better as the lead singer of the 1970s-1980s rock group Queen, which unknowingly created such sogns-turneed-sports-anthems as "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," and "Another One Bites The Dust."
And the Skyline faithful - lining what the Eagle fans call their "Nest of Pain" - sang enthusiastically along with Mercury (OK, with Mercury's taped voice) as the top-ranked Eagles obliterated the second-ranked Alta Hawks 49-9.The Skyline fans had no need to sing "We Will Rock You" - for that title uses future tense, and the Skyline attack had started the avalanche early and often Friday night. As for "Another One Bites The Dust" - it was a big-time bite, with Alta committing seven turnovers, with all but one leading to a Skyline score.
And the Skyline students swayed with the "We Are The Champions" chorus - but that might be a little premature still, since the regular season is still three weeks from being concluded and there are four more weeks of postseason playoff play remaining, too, before a state champion can be crowned.
But if there is any midseason favorite in the state's 4A classification, it certainly has to be the Eagles - the only undefeated team in Region 2 (a 3-0 league mark) and in the 4A class (6-0 overall). Alta drops to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in league play.
With Skyline's experienced wishbone backfield behind tons of talent on the line, one would think the Eagles would have trouble finding ways and means of getting everybody involved in the action - and in the scoring.
No problem. Quarterback Joe Dupaix rushed eight times for 63 yards, with most of the yardage coming on a 59-yard touchdown scamper. He also completed four of his six passing attempts for 121 yards and TD tosses of 36 yards to Adam Kershaw and 67 yards to Brian Alba.
In addition to his scoring reception, Kershaw added a couple more scores on a 14-yard run and a 47-yard interception return. He rushed 10 times for 72 yards.
As for the other two backs in the starting backfield - Jake Marshall carried 11 times for 76 yards and a 20-yard TD run, and Trenton Whitney carried eight times for 33 yards and a 1-yard scoring plunge.
All together, the foursome combined for 369 offensive yards. And the way that the Eagles were moving the ball, it could have been a lot more had the Hawks not been so hospitable in giving up the ball in their own territory as often as they did.
In fact, the Hawks found ways to move the ball themselves, when they weren't handing it over to the Eagles on three interceptions and four fumbles. Alta running back Ryan Bills rushed for 77 yards, teammate Heath Ogden added another 97 yards - including a 63-yard run for the Hawks' sole touchdown - and Steve Gagon passed for 210 yards. Total those numbers and you'll find that the Hawks starting backfield outgained the Eagles, 384 to 369.
But it's the points on the scoreboard that count, with the Eagles breaking the 40-point barrier for the fourth time so far in the six weeks of regular-season play.