Yes, Eric Kurle knows what his Graham-Kapowsin High School football team accomplished Friday had no such impact on the South Puget Sound League South Division standings.
But it should give the powerhouse programs of Class 4A something to think about heading into the playoffs.
On very few occasions does Skyline lose at home. This was one of them, as the eight-ranked Eagles shocked the No. 5 Spartans, 17-14, in Sammamish.
Noah Harden’s 34-yard field goal with 8 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter ended up being the game-winning score for the Eagles.
“This was really big because we got slapped around last year by Bothell (in the 4A playoffs) and our league has been beaten up by KingCo teams the last four to five years,” Kurle said. “This ended up perfect, because we wanted this type of game in the middle of our season knowing we had to play well against a good team.”
The Eagles’ defense took over in the second half, registering two sacks of Skyline’s Blake Gregory and allowing no points.
In fact, Skyline got inside the Graham-Kapowsin 30-yard line once in the second half, but the Eagles held late in the third quarter when Kevin McGrane’s 38-yard field goal attempt fell short with 4:33 to go.
Shannon Edwards rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game at 14-14.
“They played with no fear,” Kurle said. “They flew around and made plays, and did a great job. Our kids really played hard.”
Donell Diego tallied three touchdown runs, and Trevor Morrow had an interception return for a score to help Curtis win for the fourth time in its past five games.
Beamer also forced four turnovers, all in the second half. Defensive back Christian Stafford had two interceptions and caught the team’s first touchdown pass — a 42-yarder from Taylor Davis midway through the first quarter.
Nathan Goltermann-Doyle rushed for a career-high 254 yards on 27 carries, scoring four times. He scored on a 72-yard scamper on the second play of the game.
Yet, the Wolves rallied to take a 10-7 lead — only to see the Lions take it back for good on Will Roberson’s 52-yard touchdown strike to Matt Ogard with 51/2 minutes to go in the first half.
And after the Wolves snapped over their punter’s head in the final 90 seconds, Goltermann-Doyle punched it in from five yards out with 30 seconds remaining for a 21-10 Bellarmine Prep lead.
Gavin Hettinger hauled in 10 catches for 125 yards in a losing effort for Auburn Riverside. One of them was the Ravens’ lone touchdown: A 5-yard pass from Kyle Sutrick with nine seconds to go in the first half.
Two of the Seahawks’ three first-quarter scores came on short runs by Jared Boerner.
Ronnie Collins rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdown for Orting.
Linebacker Jack Skokin had two fumble recoveries — one he returned 45 yards for a touchdown, and another one that set up a Cheney 1-yard scoring plunge.
The Cruisers have a two-game lead with three games to go for the league’s top seed and automatic berth to the state playoffs.