<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> Coming off of a lackluster year in 2011 and with some questions heading into fall camp, the Sky View Bobcats are off to a somewhat surprising 2-0 start after defeating Hunter in their home opener Friday, 45-27.
A big part of the Bobcats success is the emergence of junior quarterback Braxton Godderidge. As a sophomore, Godderidge started a couple of games and saw a decent amount of playing time, but has really emerged now that the offense is his own.
Godderidge had a monster game Friday, as he completed 18-of-25 passes (72 percent) for 393 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Skyler Hunt was also impressive on the night, carrying the ball 13 times for 85 yards and adding four receptions for 83 yards.
As Sky View did in its first game of the season, big plays carried the Bobcats once again. Hunt scored on a 75-yard pass and a 44-yard run, while Ethan Dursteler also added a 59-yard touchdown reception. Special teams even got in the mix for SV, as Daniel Lemon blocked a punt and then returned it 25 yards for the score.
Despite the offensive explosion, it was Hunter that led after the first quarter of action, as two short runs lifted them to a 14-7 lead. However, the Bobcats erupted for 21 points in the second quarter behind Godderidge.
Mitch Larson got things going as he hauled in a 29 yard pass to tie things up, before Hunt gave the Bobcats the lead with his long reception. After Hunter tied things up again, Hunt broke off his 44-yarder to send Sky View into the intermission with a 28-21 advantage.
In the second half, Hunter pulled to within one as Trevon Johnson busted a 69-yard run, but the extra point was missed. Johnson led Hunter and all rushers, as he talled 249 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
However, the remainder of the game would be all Sky View. The Bobcats scored the final 17 points of the game – including a 10-0 advantage in the fourth quarter – as they secured their second win of the season.
The Bobcats (2-0) stay home next week as they play host to Brighton, which also improved to 2-0 and remained unbeaten with a 27-0 victory over Fremont Friday. That game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.