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.”
Curtis 50, at Rogers 14: Suddenly the Vikings are back in the league title hunt by routing the Rams at Sparks Stadium.
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.
At Beamer 30, Jefferson 0: The Titans posted their third shutout of the season, limiting Jefferson to 152 total yards to get the victory at Memorial Stadium.
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.
At Bellarmine Prep 35, South Kitsap 10: Quietly the two-time defending league champions roll along — with an end-of-season slate against contenders and Gig Harbor still remaining.
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.
At Bonney Lake 38, Auburn Riverside 7: Ethan McElderry scored two first-quarter touchdowns — the last on a 7-yard pass from Isaiah Weed with 41/2 minutes remaining, and the Panthers blew out the Ravens at Sunset Chev Stadium.
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.
At Peninsula 42, Enumclaw 13: Robert Kvinsland was 13-for-15 for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 6 Seahawks had no problems in putting away the Hornets at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.
Two of the Seahawks’ three first-quarter scores came on short runs by Jared Boerner.
At Foss 29, Mount Tahoma 20: Tailback Sidaris Fletcher totaled 205 rushing yards on 23 carries, and scored on runs of 8 and 31 yards as the Falcons scooted by the Thunderbirds at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
At Orting 35, Steilacoom 34: The Sentinels rallied with three late touchdowns — the last coming on Fotu Leiato’s 50-yard scamper with 66 seconds remaining. But Steilacoom missed the conversion kick, and the Cardinals held on for a home victory.
Ronnie Collins rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdown for Orting.
Charles Wright Academy 58, at Vashon Island 22: Quarterback Henry Cheney threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, and added another three scores on the ground as the Tarriers won big over the Pirates.
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.
Eatonville 51, at Rochester 14: Logan Moose scored two rushing touchdowns, and the fifth-ranked Cruisers got a pair of defensive scores in earning a road victory.
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.