Skyline beats Lake Highlands, takes district title

DALLAS -- Dallas Skyline extended its winning streak to seven games and clinched the District 9-5A title by beating Dallas Lake Highlands, 39-14, on Friday night at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.

Both teams entered the game unbeaten in district play.

Skyline junior Peter Jenkins, who was recently converted to running back, carried the Raiders (7-2, 6-0) on offense. Jenkins rushed 13 times for 234 yards, most of which came in the second half, and scored three touchdowns.

“It felt good because I was able to help the team out with whatever was needed and I feel good,” Jenkins said.

With star running back Desmond Roland limited by an ankle injury, Lake Highlands was forced to rely on the air game, but it was plagued by dropped passes.

First-year Lake Highlands quarterback Michael Ketchmark looked comfortable in the pocket, going 11-for-24 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“Michael played well,” Lake Highlands head coach Scott Smith said. “Put the ball where he needed to and managed our offense nicely, but in the end it didn’t finish out the way we wanted it to. So he would agree we didn’t do what we needed to, to win the game.”

Skyline, No. 9 in the ESPNDallas.com area Class 5A rankings, went on top in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Devante Kincaid to Thomas Johnson. Johnson had a step on his defender on a 13-yard out and was given a free lane into the end zone when the defender tried and failed to jump the route.

Jenkins scored his first touchdown with just under five minutes left in the half on a 3-yard run up the middle, bringing the score to 14-0 at the half.

The Jenkins show continued in the third quarter, as he broke off touchdown runs of 68 and 65 yards.

“They weren’t containing the outside and I saw it open and I was just like, ‘I’ve got to go,’” Jenkins said. “I just turned the jets on and I ran as fast as I could.”

Lake Highlands (6-3, 5-1) was able to find the end zone in the fourth on a fade pass from Ketchmark to Devonte Sunwengham right over the defender's hands to the back corner of the end zone, narrowing the deficit to 26-7.

Skyline would not let up, scoring two more times in the fourth on a 19-yard catch on a post route by RaShard Samples and a 5-yard run by Joshua Wilkins. Sandwiched in between the Skyline scores was a Lake Highlands touchdown on a 6-yard run by Sunwengham.

Roland was held out of most of the second half as a precaution against aggravating an ankle injury he suffered in the Richardson Berkner game. Smith said he should be available for the Wildcats' regular-season finale against Richardson.