The Skyline High School football team host Macksville for their homecoming game Friday night. The Thunderbirds put together some nice drive, tying the game just before halftime but couldn't get the wheels turning in the second half. Macksville won the game 38-16. The Thunderbirds are 0-7 on the season.
"We are just trying to find positive things and keep moving in the direction we want," said head coach Steve Novotny. "We just need to become more consistent with what we are trying to do. We can't get complacent. We are just trying to get better."
Skyline picked up a new set of downs on their first drive but were forced to punt. On their second play Macksville scored on a 60 yard touchdown run. The Mustangs led 8-0 after the conversion with 7:44 left in the first quarter. Skyline tied the game up be the quarter was over. With two minutes in the first quarter, Skyline turned the ball over on downs but regained possession on after a fumble. Justin Hampel scrambled before running in an 11 yard touchdown. He also ran in the conversion.
Both teams went scoreless until late in the half. With 4:42 left in the first half, Macksville answered with a 35 yard touchdown to take a 16-8 lead. The Thunderbirds used up the rest of the clock but were able to score again before half. Hampel ran in another 12 yard touchdown to tie the game, leaving just seven seconds for Macksville.
With the game tied at 16, the Mustangs scored in the opening seconds of the third quarter. The would put two more touchdowns on the board in the third, pushing their lead to 38-16. The fourth quarter went scoreless and Skyline was handed their seventh loss of the season.
The Thunderbirds will hold their senior night next Friday, hosting Fairfield.