Facing off against the defending 4A champion is no easy task, but the Sky View football team nearly pulled it off against Timpview in a 34-28 loss Friday in the Bobcats road opener.
“It is gut-wrenching,” SV head coach Craig Anhder said. “You know, our kids seriously are walking off this field knowing they should have beat Timpview tonight. They played better than Timpview tonight.”
After matching the Thunderbirds strike for strike in the first half, the Bobcats took their first lead of the game in the third quarter when senior quarterback Braxton Godderidge connected with wide receiver Alex McCrae on a 20-yard touchdown.
The Bobcats outgained the Thunderbirds in the first half with 203 yards to Timpview’s 182, but the teams were deadlocked at 21 at the intermission.
With Timpview leading 34-28 and driving to put the game away, Logan Miller intercepted a pass in the end zone to breath life into the Bobcats and Godderidge drove the offense the 79 yards to the opposition’s one yard line with a little more than a minute remaining
But Timpview’s defense wasn’t about to let the Bobcats steal the game, stuffing Sky View on a 4th-and-goal attempt to get the ball back, and the Thunderbirds were able to pick up a first down and run out the clock.
The Bobcats fell to 0-1 on the season, while Timpview improved to 1-0. The Bobcats return to action on Friday, August 30 when they host Maple Mountain. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.