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Miller leads Sky­line past Sil­ver Creek

Sophomore scores four touch­downs in easy open­ing win

- By Brent W. New Sports · College Sports · Urbanism · League One · Lega Nord · Logan Miller · Northern League · Iran Football's 2nd Division

The open­ing night crowd at Everly-montgomery Field was sparse. Ex­pres­sions, cheers, play calls — muted be­hind a mask.

But some­where amid the odd­ity of it all, there was foot­ball. A fate that seemed im­prob­a­ble only a few weeks ago.

Sky­line kicked off the fall sea­son un­der the Fri­day night lights and new COVID-19 reg­u­la­tions, then gladly showed off its sparkling sophomore, Lo­gan Miller, who scored three touch­downs in a span of 2 min­utes and 35 sec­onds and had a to­tal of four to pro­pel the Fal­cons past Sil­ver Creek 4117.

Miller, in his first full-time var­sity ac­tion, scored on a fum­ble re­cov­ery off the open­ing kick­off of the sec­ond half. He then threw a 50-plus yard scor­ing strike to Di­lan Brid­well 45 sec­onds af­ter that be­fore haul­ing in a 47-yard TD from Chase Silva with 9:25 left in the quar­ter — up­ping a three­p­oint half­time lead to 34-10.

He added his fourth TD of the night on an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn with 2:14 re­main­ing.

“I re­ally just tried to play my heart out,” Miller said. “Just prove to the coaches that I could start.”

His de­but was one of the big high­lights across the state as fall foot­ball re­turned to the area.

What a jug­gle it had been: CHSAA first placed foot­ball in the spring with its ini­tial re­lease of its ath­letic cal­en­dar. Af­ter some stir, its board voted to keep the sport in there on Sept. 8 be­fore vari­ances came down from the gov­er­nor’s of­fice and a revote was con­ducted eight days later.

This, Week 1 of a six-game reg­u­lar-sea­son slate for the teams that opted into the fall, had an at­mos­phere un­like any from years’ past.

Pro­to­col in­cluded limited ad­mit­tance into the sta­dium. Masks were re­quired at all times and bleach­ers were marked with X’s to space spec­ta­tors for so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Among other nu­ances: There was no pregame coin toss. A statewide flip by CHSAA ear­lier in the week de­cided whether the Week 1 home or away team won. At half­time, teams went to op­po­site end­zones in­stead of locker rooms. And, per Sky­line coach Mike Silva, some play­ers had to drive in­stead of tak­ing the school bus to the game.

“It was weird, re­ally weird,” Coach Silva said. “You can an­tic­i­pate and try and coach them up on (the new rules), but un­til you’re in it, it’s re­ally hard to feel. I think it’s kind of what ended up mak­ing us flat early on.”

In the open­ing half, Silva con­nected with Nick Peter­son for catches of 30-plus yards to set up a pair of touch­downs for Sky­line (1-0). Silva rushed for a 2-yard score af­ter Peter­son’s catch put the Fal­cons in­side the 10. Peter­son’s 35-yard re­cep­tion a lit­tle later set up a 15-yard TD run by Gray­den Brid­well.

Sil­ver Creek (0-1) an­swered af­ter pick­ing off Silva late in the sec­ond as Lo­gan Veeder hit Dy­lan John­son for a short TD to cut the deficit to 13-10. Later, Eli Hu­bert took a short pass from Veeder 55 yards to snap Sky­line’s 21-point spurt.

Sil­ver Creek be­gins its 4A North­ern League 1 sched­ule at home against Erie Oct. 16. The Fal­cons are at Greeley West Oct. 15 as they be­gin play in 4A North­ern League 2.

 ?? Ti­mothy Hurst / Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher ?? Sky­line’s Gray­den Brid­well tries to break a tackle Fri­day night against Sil­ver Creek in Long­mont.
Ti­mothy Hurst / Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher Sky­line’s Gray­den Brid­well tries to break a tackle Fri­day night against Sil­ver Creek in Long­mont.

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