After pulling off the big upset by beating Bingham last week, the Skyline Eagles were potential upset bait for the 4A East Leopards Friday night. But a tough defense and a few lucky bounces kept the Eagles on track with a gritty 19-16 win.
Algernon Brown ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns and Marc Taufa tallied over 120 total yards to lead Skyline. But the big story was its defense, which sacked East quarterback Danny Tuai three times and never allowed the Leopards to seize momentum.
Senior linebacker Zach Englert totaled 11 tackles and Caleb Latteier contributed several big plays to the effort.
"We worried all week that we had a letdown," Skyline coach Roger DuPaix said. "And I don't think we had a letdown, I just think East came ready to play. We were glad to win that game."
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, and both missed their extra-point attempts to reach a 6-6 tie. Latteier's open-field tackle of East's John Webb on a fourth-and-3 attempt in the second quarter halted a lengthy and potentially game-changing drive for the Leopards.
Moments later, with Skyline mounting a drive of its own, Latteier caught a perfectly thrown third-down ball from Wagstaff for a 30-yard gain. Wagstaff strolled into the end zone on an 3-yard keeper two plays later.
"We ran that play last week and got big yardage off it, and it worked again this week," Latteier said. "We were tired, but we pulled it off in the end."
After a third quarter in which both teams struggled to a stalemate, action picked up in the fourth. Up 12-9, the Eagles received a break when East lineman Tevita Masiva ran into Brown, Skyline's punter, to continue the drive that ended with Brown's second touchdown.
East earned another chance halfway through the fourth after Taufa fumbled a pitch from Wagstaff and a host of East defenders claimed the ball. It took just four plays for Tuai to find Taylor Swenson for a 16-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 19-16.
A failed onside kick gave Skyline the ball, but East had one last chance with less than two minutes left. Tuai was unable to connect with his receivers, and Nick Reichard intercepted East's final effort.