Skyline stayed unbeaten Friday night celebrating homecoming with a 57-0 rout of winless Phoenix Maryvale.
The Coyotes guaranteed themselves their first non-losing record since 2008. They have played traditionally lower-competitive teams, but it's how the schedule unfolded, and have taken care of business through the first half of the season.
Skyline (5-0) now has built confidence and look to prove themselves the second half of the season and make the playoffs. The Coyotes begin the tougher part of the schedule with the second half of the season starting at Mountain View next Friday.
"Now, we start with the big league teams, we will need to play a lot better against Mountain View," Skyline coach Angelo Paffumi said. "Maryvale came out and moved the ball (passing), we didn't get up and go after the ball early. We did a better job of it in the second half."
It was the Coyotes' second shutout of the season. The Panthers (0-5) have only scored one touchdown all season, and not scored since the season opener. Maryvale quarterback Ronnie Cozzoiino threw 43 times for 147 yards, but he completed only 14 of those passes and threw five interceptions. The Panthers could not get anything going with the rushing game.
"We watched the film and knew they would throw a lot, I just read the passes like the coaches teach," said Skyline defensive back Nate Woods, who had two interceptions. "We have put in a lot of work in the offseason leading up to this to be 5-0."
"It is great to be back," added running back Francisco Avitia, who rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in his second game back from injury. "Like Nate said we have worked so hard and expected success. "The tougher part of the schedule is coming and were ready to prove we are for real."
Maryvale had nine costly turnovers, two of them led to the pair of touchdown for Skyline in the opening quarter. Manny Ruiz recovered a fumble at the Panthers 35-yard line. Two plays later, Logan Ruppert opened the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run at the 7:01 mark. After a blocked punt, Avitia did the honors again with an 11-yard run. The Coyotes added three second-quarter touchdowns to build a 30-0 cushion at intermission.
Ruppert had a 6-yard TD run and then quarterback Michael Amado (who passed for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns) set up a touchdown with a 42-yard pass to Cory Anderson. Then Amado hit Salvador Martinez-Sotelo for an 11-yard touchdown. Woods then picked off a pass right before halftime which led to Amado hooking up with Harrison Post in the end zone for a 35-yard score.
With a running clock midway through the third quarter the Coyotes' Truman Tucker scored a pair of touchdowns on a three yard run and a nine yard pass. Avitia ran 35 yards for a TD and Amarii Keyes closed out the scoring with a 3-yard run.
Skyline 57, Maryvale 0
First Downs: M 11, S 8
Rushing: M 20-(-2), S 28-215
Passing (comp-att-yards-TD-INT): M 14-43-147-0-5, S 8-16-149-3-1
Fumbles-Lost: M 8-4, S 2-1
Penalties-Yards: M 5-25, S 9-100
Maryvale 0 0 0 0 - 0
Skyline 12 18 20 7 - 57
S: Ruppert 33 run (kick failed)
S: Avitia 11 run (pass failed)
S: Ruppert 6 run (pass failed)
S: Martinez-Sotelo 11 pass from Amado (pass failed)
S: Post 35 pass from Amado (pass failed)
S: Tucker 3 run (kick good)
S: Avitia 35 run (pass failed)
S: Tucker 9 yard pass (kick good)
S: Keyes 3 run (kick good)