LOGAN – The Sky View football team won it first game of the season 31-6 over the Riverton Silverwolves in the first of two games of the inaugural Rocky Mountain Kickoff at Maverik Stadium Friday night.
Sky View head coach Craig Anhder said he was anxious to see what his team was all about, and he was pleased with what he saw. His team returned just four starters – three on defense and the other a kicker – from a region-winning squad a year ago.
“Everyone talks about last years team. Last year that, last year this,” he said. “And that was a great team and a fun year last year, but they wanted to prove that they could come out and play.”
The Bobcat defense allowed 255 yards. The Silverwolves’ rushing attack accounted for 174 of those.
“We knew Riverton was going to run the ball,” Anhder said. “We knew that was their game plan, but it was wait-and-see what would happen.”
Sky View had a total of 407 offensive yards. Running back Cole Stokes led the Bobcats with 93 yards on the ground. Most of the yards came through the air from the three Sky View quarterbacks used throughout the night.
Those quarterbacks were Jackson Siddoway, Brock Mortenson and Breck Jackson, but it was Siddoway and Jackson who got the majority of the reps. The quarterbacks combined for 210 yards passing on 16 attempts with two interceptions.
“You look at the two quarterbacks, Breck Jackson and Jackson Siddoway, they both in their series threw an interception early,” Anhder said. “But they just stuck with, both kids stuck with it, they both played very well. They came in and added the abilities they had to help us be successful.”
The Bobcats started the game with the ball and threw a pick the second play from scrimmage, but forced a Riverton punt soon after. When Siddoway took over, he led the team 80 yards down the field and into the endzone. The touchdown drive was highlighted by a 24-yard pass to Nate Phillips on third-and-7 a finished with a 15-yard touchdown run by Stokes.
Sky View scored two more times in the first half. One came off a 59-yard Jackson play-action pass to wide receiver Chad Yorgason, the last came after another 80-yard Siddoway-led drive. A 39-yard Siddoway pass to Brodie Martin got the team into the redzone. A few plays later Martin finished the job with an endzone catch to go into halftime up 21-0.
Sky View added a 38-yard Kyler Erickson field goal midway through the third quarter to increase the lead to 24-0.
Riverton tried to made a comeback run in the fourth. The Silverwolves finally got on the board with 8:53 remaining in the game when Riverton running back Nate Hamblin took the ball 21-yards up the middle into the endzone with 8:53 left in the game. The 2-point conversion failed, but the following onside kick didn’t. The Riverton offense returned to the field on the Bobcat 48-yard line, but left four plays later when after Riley Haderlie ended the drive on fourth down quarterback sack.
Sky View used the good field position to score its final touchdown of the game on a short fourth-and-goal pass from Siddoway to Duncan McRae.
The Bobcats will play Logan at home next Friday. Anhder said most his team would stay after for the second game of the Rocky Mountain Kickoff to watch next week’s opponent play Box Elder.
“We want to see what Logan is all about,” Anhder said. “We don’t what all their changes are or where they’re at.”