Riverton (6-4, 3-2) at Skyline (6-4, 4-1)

5A State Tournament first round

Friday, 4 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: Skyline by 19

All-time series: Skyline leads 1-0.

Last meeting: 2000 first round, Skyline won 49-13

Skyline is trying to pull it off again. In 2005 the Eagles limped into the playoffs, but miraculously followed it up with an improbable four-game winning streak and hoisted the 5A championship trophy.

The scenario is slightly different this year because Skyline isn't limping to the finish line, but rather it's streaking. After a brutal 2-3 preseason the Eagles won 4-of-5 region games including a 36-35 win over then No. 1 Jordan. Even though it's tough to totally ignore a blowout loss to Alta in Week 6 that doesn't really concern Skyline's coaching staff right now. Before the team of the '90s can think about a return visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium it must take care of business against Riverton.

The 'Wolves seemed like a fairly formidable foe in the preseason but they've struggled as of late, including a 23-0 shutout loss to Hunter in last week's regular season finale.

Riverton can ill-afford to fall behind against the Eagles because its offense just isn't equipped to rally.

As for the Eagles, they simply need to do what they've been doing. Quarterback Lanny Papanikolas was a liability in the preseason but he's turned it on as of late and is a huge reason why the Eagles are even hosting a playoff game this Friday.

Riverton Silverwolves statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 20.7 ppg

Scoring defense: 19.5 ppg

Passing leader: Davis Johnson (38-88, 43.2%, 476 yards, 0 TDs)

Rushing leader: Zachary Spencer (93 rushes, 900 yards, 6 TDs)

Receiving leader: Tad Carter (13 receptions, 285 yards, 1 TD)

Tackles leader: Andrew Carver (114 tackles)

Sacks leader: Jake Green (4 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Aaron Jaussi (2 interceptions)

Skyline Eagles statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 29.0 ppg

Scoring defense: 26.6 ppg

Passing leader: Lanny Papanikolas (28-71, 39.4%, 512 yards, 4 TDs)

Rushing leader: Kalama Molisi (107 rushes, 851 yards, 11 TDs)

Receiving leader: Cruz Edgington, Kalama Molisi (2 TDs)

Tackles leader: Soni Kinikini (56 tackles)

Sacks leader: Tenny Palepoi (3 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Cruz Edgington (2 interceptions)

Riverton game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Riverton 27, Timpanogos 24

08/24/07 ... Riverton 19, Taylorsville 0

08/31/07 ... Pleasant Grove 20, Riverton 13

09/07/07 ... Riverton 56, Hillcrest 14

09/14/07 ... Jordan 27, Riverton 6

09/21/07 ... Riverton 33, Copper Hills 14

09/28/07 ... Riverton 21, West Jordan 14

10/04/07 ... Bingham 42, Riverton 12

10/12/07 ... Riverton 20, Kearns 17 (OT)

10/18/07 ... Hunter 23, Riverton 0

Skyline game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Bingham 34, Skyline 7

08/24/07 ... East 49, Skyline 20

08/31/07 ... Highland 28, Skyline 21

09/07/07 ... Skyline 49, Las Vegas, Nev. 14

09/14/07 ... Skyline 31, Kearns 28

09/21/07 ... Alta 49, Skyline 7

09/28/07 ... Skyline 49, Hillcrest 10

10/05/07 ... Skyline 35, Taylorsville 0

10/12/07 ... Skyline 36, Jordan 35

10/19/07 ... Skyline 35, Brighton 19