High school football: McGrath’s 5 TD passes power Skyline past Brighton

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Hayden Hansen of Skyline pulls in a touchdown pass with MJ Cirillo of Brighton defending during high school football in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — There might be other more high-profile quarterbacks in the state, but when Skyline quarterback Tommy McGrath is on target his coach believes he’s as good as anyone.

It would be hard to argue otherwise after his performance on Friday night.

McGrath completed 15 of 24 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns as he led Skyline to an impressive 42-28 victory at Brighton, a game that wasn’t even that close.

“When Tommy is on I think he’s as good as any of them in the state. He’s got the size, he’s got the arm, he understands our offense now in his second year as our starter. He’s made a huge jump this year in understanding defense and taking what they give him,” said Erekson.

They were giving him big plays on Friday.

McGrath’s five touchdown passes covered yards of 24, 25, 39, 36 and 76. His last TD pass to Hayden Hansen came with 7:03 remaining in the game and stretched Skyline’s lead to 42-13 before the Bengals added a couple of late scores.

“It felt like everything was working tonight. The line gave me a ton of time which when they do that, with our receiving core as coach said we’re unstoppable. Tonight everything was clicking. We were all just having a lot of fun,” said McGrath.

Three of McGrath’s touchdown passes went to Taylor Larsen, who finished with six receptions for 114 yards.

The decisive stretch of the game came midway through the third quarter. After Brighton cut Skyline’s lead to 21-13 on a 45-yard field goal with 7:58 remaining in the third, Eagles running back Saione Matagi scored on a 68-yard TD run for the 28-13 lead. Matagi finished with 154 yards on 14 carries but left the game in the third quarter with an apparent eye injury.

Brighton’s next drive stalled on a Larsen interception, with Skyline following it up with a nine-play scoring drive that McGrath capped with a 36-yard TD pass to Kendrick…

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