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21 points in 1:16 help Skyline rout Jesuit, 56-24
Jesuit mistakes, big plays turn close District 9-5A opener into rout
By David McNabb, special contributor
Skyline isn’t used to coming off losses, but did it pretty well Friday night, speeding its way to a 56-24 victory over Jesuit to begin District 9-5A play.
Skyline took advantage of Jesuit miscues and scored 21 points in a 1:16 spurt late in the first half to pull away from a 14-14 tie.
Skyline opened the second half with a 75-yard run by senior running back Ellis Onic and a 90-yard touchdown catch by senior receiver Rashaad Samples to quell any hope of a Jesuit rally. Skyline scored on seven of its first eight possessions.
“We had played well early, played well late, but we hadn’t played well for the whole game,” Skyline coach Reggie Samples said. “This was the first time we played all the way through three and four quarters.”
Skyline (3-1, 1-0) suffered a 38-36 loss to Arlington Bowie two weeks ago and had a bye week to prepare for Jesuit, previously undefeated and ranked No. 10 in The News’ 5A poll. Skyline had fallen to a No. 8 ranking after its loss, which was fine with its coach.
“We got too big-headed,” Samples said. “The kids are being told how great they are this, how great they are that. I didn’t have to do anything. Arlington Bowie did it.”
Quarterback Devante Kincaide gave Skyline, with its fast-paced, no-huddle offense, a 21-14 lead with a 2-yard run up the middle on third-and-two. Skyline took a 28-14 lead four plays later as senior running back Ellis Onic took a 16-year swing pass in for a touchdown.
Skyline set up another score as defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins, a Texas A&M commit, pressured Jesuit quarterback Jack Brezette into a hurried pass intercepted by linebacker Justin Norton. Skyline led 35-14 after running back Artillus Washington scored on a 20-yard touchdown set up by a Jesuit fumble on the kickoff. Skyline, which routed Jesuit, 54-7 last year, led 49-17 just three minutes into the third quarter after long touchdowns by Onic and Samples.
Jesuit had tied Skyline, 14-14, in the second quarter after a 35-yard scoring run by junior running back Orion Salters and a 7-yard touchdown catch by receiver John Berend. Jesuit (3-1, 0-1) started with receiver Jake Oliver playing in the secondary as well. But Jesuit’s turnovers led to Skyline’s quick scores. A Texas commit, the 6-4 Oliver had eight catches for 99 yards while getting double coverage.
Getting back into full form after a summer baseball injury, Skyline’s 5-11, 175-pound Onic had 153 yards rushing on 11 carries with two touchdowns and had three catches for 34 yards including a touchdown. A Mississippi commit, Kincaide completed 9-of-12 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.