This week, Skyline head coach Jon Novotny challenged the Thunderbirds to win their final three games and make it a winning season. The first step of the mission is accomplished as the T-Birds defeated St. John on the road Friday night by the score of 40-34 to up their record to 3-4 on the year.

This week, Skyline head coach Jon Novotny challenged the Thunderbirds to win their final three games and make it a winning season. The first step of the mission is accomplished as the T-Birds defeated St. John on the road Friday night by the score of 40-34 to up their record to 3-4 on the year.
St. John scored first, but a Skyline drive featuring a 24-yard run by Dustin Weber culminated in a 5-yd TD plunge by Daniel Hacker.
St. John put up another score to go up 12-8, then got the ball back and threatened to take a commanding lead—until they were stopped inside Skyline’s 10.
Skyline went on a 75-yard drive that culminated in a 12-yard TD pass from Weber to Cole Patterson. The Patterson to Colin Little PAT pass made the score 16-12 Skyline.
Skyline executed an onside kick, recovered the ball, and drove again. A Hacker 9-yd TD made it 22-12 Skyline when the PAT failed. St. John scored again before halftime and it was 22-20 Skyline at the break.
St. John capitalized on an interception, posting a go-ahead score early in Q3. 26-22 St. John. After Skyline turned the ball over on downs, St. John drove for another score to go up 34-22.
A nice T-Bird drive got them back in the game, a 2-yard Weber TD and 2 pt. conversion getting the Skyline deficit to 34-30. At the end of Q3, the T-Bird defense put a safety on the Tigers to close to within 2 points.
Skyline took to the air for the go-ahead drive. A 37-yard Weber to Chanler Simar pass took the ball to the 1. Patterson connected with Weber for the go-ahead score, and ran in the 2-pt. conversion. 40-34 Skyline.
The scoring would end there, but the end of the game was not without drama. The Tigers were able to get the ball back from the T-Birds a couple of times to try to drive for the winning score, but the Skyline defense would not buckle.
Skyline was unable to sustain a long enough drive to run out the clock, but they wouldn’t let the Tigers reach paydirt either.
On St. John’s last gasp, a 4th and 12, Hacker broke up a pass attempt. The T-Birds were able to assume the victory formation and claim the 40-34 win.
Skyline will host Macksville next week as they continue their quest for a winning season.