Skyline rips through top-ranked defense in state with explosive second half for three-time Class 4A title

POCATELLO, Idaho — Scott Berger could only hold it off for so long.

Skyline High’s football coach, who has been part of the legendary program for 40 years now, went all out after the latest media question. It was hard to blame him.

The Grizzlies completed the hat-trick for the fifth title in seven years and broke their own ranking record with ninth overall after a 50-35 win over Bishop Kelly in the Class 4A final late Friday night at Holt Arena .

“I love doing this. I love those kids. Skyline High School and all those people in the stands mean a lot to me,” Berger said, letting the tears flow. “Yesterday at the end of practice I brought them in, we are talking, and all of a sudden my heart broke because I realized it was my last night with Abrahn (Silverio) , Kenyon (Sadiq), Ian (Galbreaith), Lachlan (Haacke) and those guys (seniors).”

Silverio accounted for most of the scoring with five touchdowns, while Sadiq, a University or Oregon signee, put on a show in his final game in a Skyline uniform. He had six catches for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone worthy of being on any showpiece show.

“I guess that’s what you get one-on-one with a four-star (rookie),” Silverio said with a laugh. “Big impact plays when you really need to, that’s Kenyon. The athleticism, the work ethic, he’s another level of athlete that you can’t really plan for. He’s just so good .”

A giant in their own right, Skyline (10-3) beat another in Bishop Kelly (12-1).

No team had come within 18 points of the Knights, who had an average winning margin of 34.6 ahead. They also allowed only nine points per game and no one had scored more than 20.

The Grizzlies eclipsed that margin 26 seconds into the third quarter.

“These guys (Bishop Kelly), they win really big games, and I don’t know if they’ve really been tested,” Berger said. “Now they’re a great team. But we got tested. Heck, we got tested four weeks ago when Bonneville beat us. Upstate, it’s tough football.”

After a 14-14 first half in which Skyline only had the ball three times due to Bishop Kelly’s time-consuming controls lasting over six and eight minutes respectively, the action sped up considerably. in the second period.

There were 30 runs scored in 2:46 and neither of the Grizzlies’ or Knights’ first two possessions lasted more than four plays.

Cole Miller kicked it as he kicked off the first half 96 yards from home. Sadiq scored on a 45-yard swing pass on Skyline’s first scrimmage play. The Grizzlies then recovered an onside kick before Sadiq threw a 1-yard touchdown from Silverio on a 44-yard catch. Bishop Kelly’s Zachary Jacobs capped off the scoring spree with a 20-yard run to tie the game at 29-29 with 9:46 left in the third quarter.

Skyline took the lead for good on a 5-yard dive by Silverio later in the quarter. Sadiq set it up again by pinning the Knights to their own 1-yard line on a punt and then recovering a fumble on the next play.

Bishop Kelly answered on a 4-yard run from Peter Minnaert. But Arik Blonquist rounded the edge and blocked the extra point, leaving it 36-35 with 2:14 left in the third quarter.

“We had to get out there, match their tone and stay on the gas pedal and keep going,” Sadiq said. “Whoever wins the third quarter is going to win the game. That’s how it is. You come out of halftime and make a statement, you’re going to dictate the rest of the game. That’s what we had to do.”

Silverio scored on the second play of the fourth quarter on a 49-yard run. Sadiq then threw a jump pass to ninth-grader Amani Morel on the ensuing two-point conversion try, making it a two-point game at 44-35 with just under 11 minutes left. .

Bishop Kelly threw before Silverio set a new ranking record with his fifth score on an 11-yard dash to the pylon with just 3:23 left.

“It’s not really settled yet. But as soon as I talk to my mom, I think I’ll start playing,” Silverio said. “I’ve played 49 college games, which is way more than a lot of people can play in their careers. So to come out with my very last game, the 49th, means the world to me. I can’t. don’t even express it in words.”

Minnaert rushed for a league-high 175 yards for the Knights, who hadn’t given up 50 or more points in a game since their 2018 State Finals loss to Hillcrest.

“We’re very disappointed, I’m proud of our kids, I love these kids. They’ve done a great job for us throughout the year,” Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said. “Skyline just made better games than us today.”

(Featured photo by Randy Jones)

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