LAYTON – There were fireworks in the air above Northridge High celebrating Homecoming Friday night, but there were also fireworks on the gridiron thanks to the boys from Cache Valley. The Sky View offense scored touchdowns on eight of their nine first possessions on their way to a 63-21 victory over the Knights. The win improved the Bobcats’ record to 6-0.
“Our kids just came out and they played very well,” Sky View head coach Craig Anhder said after the game. “They executed our game plan to a ‘T.’ I think our coaches put in a lot of time to have a good game plan and then the kids bought into it and they went and did it.”
Quarterback Garrison Beach finished the game completing 27 of 34 passes for 236 yards and five touchdowns.
“It’s funny, I think he missed on a couple long balls,” Anhder said. “But you look at the numbers and you can see how efficient he is.”
The domination started early. Beach spread the ball to several different receivers to take a 28-0 lead halfway through the second quarter. The first three touchdown passes went to seniors Alex McRae, Bryce Mortenson and Breygan Holbrook. Senior Colton Durrant used his size to power through the line and score the fourth on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. Northridge finally put some points on the board when quarterback Jrue Perkins led his team down the field and scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, but the Bobcats fired back almost immediately. With 13 seconds left in the half Beach completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mortenson giving the Bobcats a 35-7 halftime lead.
Each offense scored 14 more points in the third quarter, trading touchdowns. Within two minutes of the start of the second half Holbrook caught another touchdown pass. Northridge retaliated through the air to add a touchdown of their own minutes later.
The next time Sky View got the ball they kept it on the ground and in the hands of Mason Tye. It took Tye just three rushes to carry the ball – and seemingly half of the Northridge defense – the length of the field and into the end zone.
The Knights finally seemed to gain some momentum after scoring off of a 65-yard touchdown pass from Perkins and then finally forcing the Bobcats to punt, but Northridge fumbled the ball on their first offensive play after the punt, giving the Bobcats the ball in the red zone. A few plays later, Tye scored his second rushing touchdown. Tye finished with 17 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
“He was hitting the holes hard,” Anhder said. “He was getting that initial burst then he was taking on a linebacker and a DB. I don’t think those smaller guys like tackling that big Mason.”
After a McRae interception, some starters, including Beach, were pulled. Sky View scored one more touchdown and coasted into their sixth-straight win. They hope to keep the undefeated season alive next week at Brighton.