Hawks fall to Gobblers

By Jim Laise – sports@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL – After fooling around with the pass in the first half, Broadway coach Brad Lutz decided to keep the ball on the ground Friday night as the Gobblers nabbed Skyline 41-21 in a non-district game.

The visitors (1-1) passed for 175 yards in the first half, but pushed for 212 yards rushing in half two to take a formidable lead.

“It wasn’t really anything we talked about at halftime – trying to run the ball – we just came out and did it in the second half,” said Gobbler running back Logan Wolfe. “All credit goes to the offensive line. They’re the ones who did it.”

Wolfe, a 5-foot-10, 189-pound junior, ran behind a jumbo line to lead all ball-carriers with 212 yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns. He registered two scores in each half.

Meanwhile, 6-4, 190-pound junior quarterback Jesse Layne rushed 10 times for 96 yards – 66 of the total coming in the first two periods. The quarterback ran for two touchdowns.

He completed 16-of-24 passes for 297 yards. He was intercepted twice.

“They took advantage of some things,” said Skyline head coach Heath Gilbert, “but it wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before. (Wolfe) ran the ball well and they were able to keep it away from us.”

With Wolfe and Layne claiming the running lanes, the Gobblers played keep-away from the Hawks (1-1).

After rushing for 139 yards and passing for 175 more in the first half, Skyline rarely possessed the ball in the second half, when the Hawks came away with just seven points and one first down in the fourth quarter.

“Our possessions were limited,” said Gilbert. “We’d get some things going, but certain things happened to stop us.”

Hawks quarterback Dylan Hamman was brilliant completing 18-of-24 passes for 345 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Skyline, which came back from two-touchdown deficits on two occasions in a one-point victory over Central a week ago, got on the scoreboard first.

Hamman (11-for-18, one touchdown, two interceptions and 175 yards in the first half) found Aaron Tasker streaking down the right sideline for a 64-yard touchdown pass. (Tasker hauled in five balls for 47 yards and intercepted a pass in the initial 24 minutes.) A.J. Dueweke’s kick was good for a 7-0 lead after less than two minutes had elapsed.

Broadway’s first score was set up by a 75-yard pass from Layne to Tristen Boyer. That play went to the 5. On second-and-goal from the 3, Wolfe carried for his first touchdown.

Layne was 7-for-14 with two interceptions and 122 yards in the first half.

Broadway’s Davis Peltonen sandwiched two picks around a theft by Skyline’s Steven Timbers, but neither side could take advantage for a score as the game moved into the second quarter.

Finally, a fumbled punt by a Hawk gave the recovering Gobblers the ball at the Hawk 13 in the second quarter. Three plays later Wolfe bolted over from the one. Hylton put the Gobblers ahead 14-7 with 7:29 remaining in the half.

Skyline used the big play to its advantage on the next series when Brad Halsey (11 carries, 97 yards in the first half) ripped off as 74-yard run to the Broadway six. On third-and-goal from the 1, Quentin Diggs found the end zone. Dueweke’s kick tied the game at 14 with 5:54 showing.

Halsey finished with 139 rushing yards for the game.

Aaron Tasker intercepted Layne with 3:05 to go. Steven Timbers came up with the Hawks’ first theft. Neither time did Skyline find the end zone after each turnover.

Broadway got on the scoreboard first in the second half. After a first half spent mostly throwing the ball, the Gobblers went to the ground. With Layne’s 38-yard run the big gainer the way, the visitors took 11 plays to set up Layne’s five-yard touchdown run. Hylton was good with 7:31 in the period for a 21-14 lead.

Skyline showed its quick-strike potential on the next series.

Jay Roy’s long kickoff return put the ball at midfield, then, after a penalty, Halsey got loose for 41 yards to the 15. After a holding call, Hamman found Wells crossing to the middle of the field; he carried to the 1. On second down, Halsey scored around right end. Dueweke tied it at 21 with 5:43 to go.

Another running possession in the fourth quarter spelled another touchdown for Broadway. After an intentional grounding penalty against the Gobblers and a roughing the passer call on the Hawks, Wolfe carried 24 yards up the middle for his third touchdown of the night. Hylton’s kick was blocked and Broadway led 27-21.

On the roughing call against the Hawks, they had a would-be interception by Timbers wiped out because of the flag.

“You know we thought we had an interception there, but the call went against us,” said Gilbert.

Earlier Hylton had missed a field goal attempt.

Broadway continued to pound the ball, as Wolfe carried 50 yards for the Gobblers’ next score. Hylton’s point-after gave the visitors a 34-21 lead with 3:30 left.

Skyline turned the ball over in its own territory later and Broadway’s Layne made the Hawks pay. His eight-yard touchdown run with 1:31 to go and Hylton’s PAT set the score at 41-21.

Ryan Abel made a great play on a pass after it was tipped twice for a 74-yard gainer to the eight, but Skyline could not push it in as time ran out.

“We had a really good week in practice and we were able to overcome some things,” said Wolfe.

“We (tackled) every day in practice except for Friday. I think it paid off tonight,” said Lutz, whose team lost to Western Albemarle 55-14 to open the season.