Notre Dame Prep falls to 1-1 after loss to Skyline

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The Skyline Coyotes home game vs. Notre Dame Saints on Friday, Sept. 4. (Photo by Tyler Rubin, special to the Independent)

Skyline Coyotes (2-0) ran to victory in a home game as they defeated the Notre Dame Saints (1-1) 45-22 on Friday, Sept. 4.

The first play from scrimmage quarterback Tj Daurte found receiver Manny Ruiz for an 80-yard touchdown and with the two-point conversion Skyline took the lead, 8-0.

“They were expecting us to run so why not go over the top,” said Duarte.

“I was really nervous, I knew it was going over the top to me and I almost tripped but we capitalized on the play,” said Ruiz.

Duarte was eight-of-15 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Ruiz had six receptions for 138 yards and the one touchdown.

Notre Dame’s first play from scrimmage quarterback Kylan Weisser was picked off by Chris Dolan.

Skyline and Notre Dame would both add field goals in the first quarter and went in the half with Skyline leading, 11-8.

The main problem Skyline faced in the first half was penalties.

“We had an ungodly amount of penalties; four times in the first half we had ineligible lineman down field on big pass plays so we need to clean that up,” said Coach Angelo Paffumi.

Paffumi credited their slow first half on how Notre Dame was playing them.

“A lot of it was what they were doing in the first half; they were blitzing up the middle and loading the box and our kids seemed confused,” said Paffumi.

Skyline responded to a Notre Dame touchdown early in the third with one of their own as senior Amarii Keyes ran for a 14-yard touchdown and there was no looking back.

“We were confused a lot in the beginning, but we went into the half, studied up and came back strong,” said Keyes about the turnaround.

Skyline ran the ball for a total of 318 yards in the game. The Coyotes leader in rushing was Keyes who had 27 carries for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Coyotes junior Kaleb Hardin added 115 yards and two touchdowns.

“They’re stars, they’re beast, you can’t stop them,” Ruiz said on Keyes and Hardin.

“Amarii is always there, they are going to jam the box for him; Hardin I’m proud of him because he has been sitting, waiting for his time and when he gets in he runs hard, breaks tackles and that’s what we need from him,” said Paffumi.

Duarte attributed the Coyotes’ success running the ball to the offensive line.

“They have my back, they have the running backs’ back, they have everyone’s back,” said Duarte.

Editor’s note: Tyler Rubin is a journalism student at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and wrote the article as a class assignment.


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