Skyline’s football team had to go into overtime Friday night to defeat previously unbeaten Summit Christian Academy 30-28 at Lee’s Summit. Following the victory, both teams are 4-1 on the season, and Skyline is 2-1 in the Mid-Lakes Conference.
The game was deadlocked at 22-22 at the end of regulation play. Skyline got the ball first in overtime and went ahead 28-22 when running back Gage Gunter scored from the two-yard line. Quarterback Trevor Russell ran the two-point conversion for a 30-22 lead.
Summit Christian came right back and scored on a three-yard run by quarterback Grayson Sprouse to make it 30-28. The attempted running play for the two-point conversion was not successful, however, so Skyline won by two points.
Skyline struck first in the opening quarter on a four-yard pass play from Russell to Tanner Swearingin, and Swearingin ran the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 2:12 remaining in the opening period.
Summit Christian scored twice in the second quarter to lead 15-8 at the half. The first touchdown was scored on a 34-yard pass play from Sprouse to Christian Newsome. Sprouse ran the two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8 with 9:57 left in the half.
The home team struck again just 23 seconds later on a 12-yard run by Josh McConnell, who also kicked the extra point for a 15-8 advantage.
Things looked even worse for the Tigers when Summit Christian expanded its lead to 22-8 on a four-yard run by Sprouse and a McConnell kick with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter.
Just 19 seconds later, though, Skyline came right back to score on a 60-yard pass play from Russell to Jaytin DeFreece. Swearingin ran the two-point conversion, so Skyline trailed 22-16.
With 9:10 left in the game, Skyline scored on a six-yard run by Gunter. The PAT kick was no good, so the game was tied 22-22, and that is how regulation ended.
This Friday, Sept. 28, Skyline will host Lighthouse Christian in a nonconference battle.