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Skyline quarterback Michael Amado looks to put a block on Chandler safety Jefferson Hunt to help his running back gain some yards during the game against Chandler Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler.[Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Skyline quarterback Michael Amado gets tackled by a Mesa player during the game Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 in Mesa. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
It took more than 40 minutes but Skyline got its offense in gear – despite missing its injured big guns – and just may have played itself into the postseason.
It was a classic high school football game Friday night between two teams looking to make it into the Division l playoffs. When the dust cleared Desert Mountain won a 50-49 thriller over Skyline in a game loaded with playoff implications.
It took about a half for Mountain View to shake off its first loss of the year – and then handed Skyline its first defeat of 2013.
Skyline stayed unbeaten Friday night celebrating homecoming with a 57-0 rout of winless Phoenix Maryvale.
Skyline improved to 4-0 on the season with a 28-7 win over Gilbert on Friday at Gilbert. The Coyotes have not had a winning season since 2008 but that streak of losing seasons appears on its way to an end as Skyline has shown balance on both sides of the ball.
Skyline's Michael Amado reaches for a bad snap while trying to hold the ball for a point after while taking on Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. Amado recovered the ball and threw it into the endzone for a two-point conversion. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Gilbert's Chase Cahalan chases down Skyline quarterback Michael Amado to sack him for a loss of yards, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline's Logan Ruppert walks out of the endzone with the ball after scoring a two-point conversion on a pass from Michael Amado while taking on Gilbert, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Tyler Bloom, Higley: 402 yards, 5 TD
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 376 yards, 2 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 359 yards, 6 TD
Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain: 356 yards, 5 TD
Emanuel Gant, Tempe (pictured): 345 yards, 5 TD
Russell Corriveau, Poston Butte: 323 yards, 2 TD
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, Paradise Valley: 308 yards, 2 TD
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 303 yards, 5 TD
John Clark, Mountain View: 301 yards, 3 TD
Zach Werlinger, Basha: 271 yards, 4 TD
Sean Paul Brophy, Chaparral: 259 yards, 3 TD
Blake Young, Highland: 205 yards, 2 TD
Payton Haslam, Mesquite: 202 yards, TD
Dalton Sneed, Horizon: 189 yards, 2 TD
Michael Amado, Skyline: 170 yards, 3 TD
Nate Woods sure picked a good time for his first "picks" of the year.
Skyline quarterback Michael Amado looks to hand off the ball while taking on Corona del Sol, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Corona del Sol defensive linemen Dominic Pierce, from left, and Brix Kronborg close in on Skyline quarterback Michael Amado as he looks to pass, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Skyline quarterback Michael Amado is taken down in the first half by Corona del Sol's defensive line, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Skyline football coach Angelo Paffumi is happy with the start to the season, but knows things will get harder.
Cory Anderson completes a 50-yard touchdown pass from Michael Amado as Skyline beats Yuma Cibola, 33-14, on Sept. 6, 2013.
Skyline started its 2013 campaign with a 42-0 win over St. Mary’s.
Outlook: By the standards set at Skyline in past years, 2012 was a successful one for the team’s football program. The Coyotes finished 5-5, including victories over Dobson and Mesa for the first time in school history. The team missed the state tournament, but the baby steps forward were an improvement on previous seasons.
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge (pictured): 257 yards, 5 TD
Antonio Campanella, Seton Catholic: 227 yards, 4 TD
Dezmond Sueing, Westwood: 223 yards, 2 TD
Dominic Orona, McClintock: 200 rush yards. 3 TD
Brandon Hatfield, Poston Butte: 199 yards, 3 TD
Rickey Wilson, San Tan Foothills: 168 yards, 2 TD
Joe Kuhlmann, Cactus Shadows: 155 yards, 3 TD
Tyler Stevenson, Gilbert: 147 yards
Michael Amado, Skyline: 128 yards
Malcolm Thomas, Chaparral: 103 yards, 2 TD
Elijah Castro, Chaparral: 102 yards, TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 100 yards, TD
Sometimes all you need is to simply finish what you’ve started.
Seemingly in control, having shut down the Mesa ground game and taking a 14-0 lead by halftime, Skyline looked to have its second win over a Mesa school this year.
Skyline quarterback Michael Amado scrambles as the Desert Ridge defense puts pressure on him, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Skyline quarterback Michael Amado throws the ball while taking on Desert Ridge, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
It took Mountain View until the second quarter to find a spark in their offense, but once it did, Skyline couldn't answer.