Skyline struggled through the final game of the season, playing with injuries and trying to slow down an athletic, playoff-bound Mustang team.


Coach Jon Novotny said his team was able to move the ball against the Macksville defense, but mistakes kept them off the scoreboard.


“We were a little shorthanded, but we were able to move the ball,” Novotny said. “We moved it some, but again we turned it over. And another good team this week, so they took advantage of that. They were athletic. We knew that coming in. They were going to have two good running backs, a good quarterback and a good tall receiver. They used them all. They did a good job spreading things around and keeping us off balance.”


Skyline struggled through the final game of the season, playing with injuries and trying to slow down an athletic, playoff-bound Mustang team.

Coach Jon Novotny said his team was able to move the ball against the Macksville defense, but mistakes kept them off the scoreboard.

“We were a little shorthanded, but we were able to move the ball,” Novotny said. “We moved it some, but again we turned it over. And another good team this week, so they took advantage of that. They were athletic. We knew that coming in. They were going to have two good running backs, a good quarterback and a good tall receiver. They used them all. They did a good job spreading things around and keeping us off balance.”

The game was called midway through the third quarter when Macksville went up 46-0. Going in, the T-Birds knew this was going to be a tough game to win, but they wanted to at least put together a solid effort in the seniors’ final game.

“The kids fought hard,” he said. “They wanted to send their seniors off with a good effort. They fought hard the entire time. We had some players get dinged up a little bit, and we didn’t want to push anything too hard, but clear to the end, those guys were fighting.”

Quarterback Brandon Broce wasn’t able to get much of anything going through the air, but rushed for 48 yards to lead the team. He also had a fumble and an interception. Running backs Brennan Stotts and senior Devin Hacker combined for 47 yards and had trouble getting anything going.

Defensively, Skyline was led by Jake Harts and Hacker, who each logged 11 tackles. Novotny was pleased with the defensive effort, though he acknowledged that the team is still struggling with finishing plays on defense and making solid tackles.

“We had some opportunities,” he said. “They had a couple big runs on their scores that we had hands on, we just didn’t get the tackle locked up. Just some things that have haunted us the last couple games that we’ll need to work on in the future.”

Skyline finishes the season at 5-4, a two-game improvement on last year’s win total.