An 11-yard pass from quarterback Trevor Russell to Jaytin DeFreece with 15 seconds left in the game enabled Skyline to defeat Lighthouse Christian 28-20 in a home game Friday night.
The Tigers, 5-1, led 20-0 going into the fourth quarter, but had to fight for their lives to come out with the victory.
Tanner Swearingin scored three touchdowns to lead Skyline to a 20-0 advantage before Lighthouse made its dramatic comeback. Swearingin got Skyline on the board first when he intercepted a pass and raced 37 yards to the end zone for a 6-0 lead. The two-point conversion attempt failed, so the score remained 6-0 with 9:49 remaining in the opening quarter.
With 8:06 left in the half, Swearingin scored from six yards out, and Russell completed a pass to Preston Scott for the two-point conversion, and Skyline was in front 14-0 at the half.
The third quarter was nearly scoreless, but with 52 seconds remaining, Swearingin scored on a seven-yard run for a 20-0 lead.
However, just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter Lighthouse Christian scored on a 27-yard pass play from quarterback Colby Fields to Gavin Bess. The two-point play failed, so Skyline still led 20-6.
A minute and a half later, Lighthouse reached the end zone again on a 13-yard pass from Fields to Trey Bess. This time Fields was successful on a two-point conversion run, so it was 20-14. Lighthouse tallied its third score of the fourth quarter at the 4:08 mark when Gavin Bess caught another pass from Fields for 20 yards. The Tigers were able to keep Lighthouse out of the end zone on the two-point conversion attempt, so the score was tied 20-20.
DeFreece caught his game-winning pass with 15 seconds left on the clock, and Gage Gunter ran the two-point conversion.
Skyline will host Strafford Friday, Oct. 5, and the winner will win second place in the Mid-Lakes Conference. Both teams have just one loss in conference play. Fair Grove won the league title last week with a 1i7-14 victory over Strafford.