Hawks blitz past Broadway in blowout win

BROADWAY – One week after getting dominated at the line of scrimmage in its season opener, Skyline’s football returned the favor against Broadway on Friday night.

The Hawks rolled up 587 yards of offense against the Gobblers while their defense tallied seven sacks and forced three turnovers, and Skyline rumbled through Broadway for a 45-21 non-conference victory.

“We realized that going halfway just isn’t gonna cut it,” said Hawks senior Seth Gillespy, who had two sacks in the win. “…We had that drive at the beginning of the game just to get in the backfield and make plays. Just something we didn’t have at the beginning of last game, just kind of lackluster. This game we really had it. We had the energy to get right off the line.”

While Skyline’s offense – led by a 220-yard rushing performance by junior Tucker Fortney and four touchdowns from junior quarterback Ryan Scott – lit up the scoreboard, it was the Hawks’ defense that set the tone for what quickly turned into a rout.

On the first play from scrimmage, Hawks defensive back Kyle McHugh came off the edge untouched to sack Broadway quarterback Jesse Layne, the key play in what turned into a three-and-out for the Skyline (1-1) defense.

After a 27-yard punt return by Trenton King, Skyline marched 43 yards to the end zone while handing the ball seven times to Fortney, who scored on a 5-yard run to put the Hawks up 7-0 with 6:17 left in the first quarter.

“It was nice, just had to run behind my line, put my head down and run hard. A hard week of practice led to this,” said Fortney, who had two rushing touchdowns and a 53-yard reception in his first start at tailback.

Skyline needed just one play on its second possession when McHugh took an option pitch to the right and bolted 74 yards to the end zone untouched, and the first of two interceptions from Hawks safety Matt Rutherford set up a four-play, 68-yard scoring drive that ended with Scott’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Luis Garcia for a 20-0 lead with 2:44 left in the first quarter.

The Hawks turned their fourth possession of the game into yet another touchdown when Scott kept the ball on a read-option and sprang through a wide-open gap on the right side for the 9-yard score.

Skyline had 322 yards on the ground while averaging 9.8 yards per carry.

“The running game, we could just run it right down their throat and it just worked for us,” said Scott, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

“Pass plays worked too because they were always pushed up on us, so we just took it deep.”

Broadway, held without a first down until their fifth possession of the night, finally found life in the final four minutes of the first half after Skyline lost a fumble at the Gobblers’ 39.

Broadway marched 61 yards to the end zone on seven plays after the turnover, scoring on Layne’s 7-yard pass to Davis Peltonen to cut Skyline’s lead to 26-7 with 1:42 left in the first half.

The Hawks came right back with a 65-yard touchdown strike from Scott to King on the next play, but Broadway, displaying excellent clock management, covered 70 yards in just 1:12 and scored on Layne’s 15-yard run with 17 seconds left to send Skyline into halftime with a 32-14 lead.

Layne, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound senior, was efficient after two early interceptions, and he ended up completing 23 of 32 passes for 215 yards, and 15 of his completions went to Peltonen, who finished with 113 yards and a touchdown. However, Skyline, which finished with 11 tackles for loss (including nine in the first half) harassed Layne with consistent pressure.

“We can’t sit back and let that kid throw,” Hawks head coach Heath Gilbert said of Layne, who completed 13 straight passes at one point. “We had to cover him up and try to tackle, try to do our best to try to contain (Peltonen), which we didn’t do.

“It’s taken this group a little bit longer to get into the flow of tackling the right way and tackling safe, and getting better at that. we worked hard on that this week and those kids did a nice job tackling in space.”

The Hawks held Broadway to 283 total yards, including 68 yards rushing, 59 of which came on the Gobblers’ scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.

Skyline drove all the way to the Broadway 7 to open the second half before having a 24-yard field goal attempt blocked, but the first play of the Hawks’ second possession of the third quarter was a 73-yard touchdown run for Fortney.

Scott’s 6-yard touchdown pass to King (four catches, 84 yards, two touchdowns), which capped a 96-yard drive, put Skyline up 45-14 with 6:26 to play.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com

Box score

Hawks 45, Gobblers 21
Skyline 20 12 7 6 – 45
Broadway 0 14 0 7 – 21
First Quarter
S: Fortney 5 run (Scott kick), 6:17.
S: McHugh 74 run (Scott kick), 4:36.
S: Garcia 40 pass from Scott (kick failed), 2:44.
Second Quarter
S: Scott 9 run (pass failed), 9:38.
B: Peltonen 7 pass from Layne (Sawyer kick), 1:42.
S: King 65 pass from Scott (kick failed), 1:29.
B: Layne 15 run (Sawyer kick), 0:17.
Third Quarter
S: Fortney 73 run (Scott kick), 5:17.
Fourth Quarter
S: King 6 pass from Scott (kick blocked), 6:26.
B: Cruz 6 run (Sawyer kick), 2:08.
First downs 12 17
Rushes-yards 33-322 28-68
Passing yards 265 215
Comp.-Att.-TD-INT 11-15-3-1 23-32-1-2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 7-83 8-50
Punts-avg. 1-17.0 4-40.5
RUSHING: Skyline, Fortney 20-220, McHuge 3-72, Timbers 1-4, Scott 5-18, Ion 3-9; Broadway, Layne 17-24, Cruz 11-44.
PASSING: Skyline, Scott 11-15-265-3-1; Broadway, Layne 23-32-215-1-2.
RECEIVING: Skyline, Hartzell 2-28, King 4-84, Garcia 2-86, Tasker 1-10, Fortney 1-53, Clingerman 1-4; Broadway, Peltonen 15-113, Wright 2-36, Poff 4-52, Huffstickler 1-2, Collier 1-12.