The field was slippery and the rain was unrelenting, but Skyline didn't seem to mind.

In fact, the Eagles (4-4, 2-1) made the most of the night.

For one, they made a small fortune selling $3 ponchos, and secondly they dominated Region 2 foe Taylorsville (3-5, 1-2) from start to finish, pulling out a 35-0 win.

The downpour didn't slow down Skyline's offense, which steadily scored touchdowns at a rate of two per quarter in the first half.

Skyline quarterback Lanny Papanikolas repeatedly led a team downfield that, at times, resembled the Skyline of yesteryear.

"It was a critical game because if we would've lost the game, going to state would've been really hard for us to do," said Skyline coach Roger Dupaix.

Back-to-back punting miscues doomed Taylorsville early. The Warriors' first punt attempt was blocked. The second punt fared even worse after the ball was snapped over the punter's head.

"They made a couple of mistakes on their punt game and that really got us going quickly," Dupaix said.

Skyline jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Rain, coupled with the fact that Taylorsville's offensive scheme relies so heavily on its running game, hurt Taylorsville's chances at a comeback.

It was undoubtedly a hard loss for Taylorsville to swallow. With Skyline struggling through a mediocre season — a rarity for the longtime dynasty — the Warriors thought that 2007 was finally their year to beat Skyline.

But Papanikolas and the Eagles weren't about to let that happen.

Skyline got on the board early in the first quarter on a nifty halfback-to-receiver pass. Kalama Molisi found Cruz Edgington wide open by about a mile and lobbed up the pass for a 39-yard touchdown.

The floodgates opened.

Papanikolas put the Eagles up 21-0 later in the half after scoring on a pair of QB keepers.

"I think he's getting better each week and I think he executed his best game this week," Dupaix said of the senior quarterback.

Skyline's offense, like the rain, didn't let up.

Late in the second quarter, Molisi rumbled 42 yards for a touchdown, shaking off several would-be tacklers along the way.

Taylorsville didn't have an answer for Papanikolas and company, and Skyline racked up 329 total yards.

Taylorsville managed to move the ball for just 105 yards.

It simply wasn't Taylorsville's night.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors thought they had finally forced Skyline to punt. It was a minor victory for the Taylorsville defense. But Taylorsville jumped offsides on fourth down. The resulting penalty gave Skyline yet another first down.

It was that kind of night for the Warriors.

"For miserable conditions, I think we played pretty good," Dupaix said.