Bobcats drain the Lakers

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Kickoff (Corey Burger)

Cats generally don’t like water, and last night the Bobcats showed no love for the Lakers of Bonneville High School beating them 38-6.

The new look Sky View Bobcats had an impressive outing last night as they rolled over the Bonneville Lakers. Sky View looked great in all aspects of the game, only committing a couple of mistakes on the night, in a blowout at Hansen Field in Smithfield. The Bobcats were celebrating senior night last night as it was the last time that the thirty five returning seniors will strap on the pads on their home field. Prior to the start of the game the senior players and their parents were recognized and honored for their hard work and accomplishments over the last four years. The Bobcat team refused to let their seniors down as they rolled over the Lakers keeping giving up just 12 yards on the ground, and 83 yards in the air for a total of 95 yards on the night. The Lakers contributed to their woes, committing 12 penalties for 115 yards leaving them with a net of a loss of 20 yards.

The Bobcats however were very productive racking up 104 yards on the ground and airing it out for 280 more yards for 384 total yards for the evening. Leading the way for the Bobcats was sophomore, Nick Carver, who passed for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. The only miscues of the night came on the two interceptions thrown by Carver. Carver also added 10 yards rushing. The very humble Carver commented, “They ran a lot of two high, and we ran a lot of trips, which made the safety have to pick out of two guys. Our receivers just ran great routes, caught the ball, and played really good, and our o-line played way good.” Carver has taken over much of the quarterback duties from senior Gabe Anderson. Speaking of Anderson Carver had this to say, “I think Gabe has been a really good sport about it, whether it is at running back, receiver or at quarterback he’s still playing his game and is doing way good.” Anderson seems to be comfortable with his new role saying, “I’m loving it, whatever we can do to help our team win, and he’s (Carver) doing a great job.” Head Coach had great things to say about Carver and the offense when he said, “He’s done an excellent job, and it helps when he’s got great athletes to throw to, and he’s got a great offensive line to protect him.” Leading the team in rushing was senior Jens Jorgensen who pounded out 40 yards on the ground. Six different Bobcats would carry the ball in this battle, and like last week Sky View used a plethora of receivers as Carver and Anderson hooked up with five different Bobcats accounting for all five scores. Carver hooked up twice to Jordan Hill, and two more times with Brady Martin, while Anderson found junior, Garth Jolley for a 26 yard score.

Defensively the Bobcats were stingy and unforgiving as they literally shut down the Lakers offensive attack. Notably were the four interceptions on the night three of which were stolen out of the air by senior, Colton Arave. Arave said, “Our defense brought a great energy the d-line got a lot of push, and they just threw it up there and I picked them.” Leading the Bobcat defensive effort was senior, Keaton Smith who registered four solo tackles, one assist, two solo quarterback sacks, and an interception. Jordan Nielson continued to be a consistently huge factor for the Bobcats as he had three solo tackles, three assists and a quarterback sack. Colby Villanueva and Jaren Balls also teamed up for a quarterback sack. Anhder added praise for the defense saying, “They’ve been working really hard and their putting it together, and we’re seeing the results of that, so I’m really proud of the way they came out. Our front was giving a lot of pressure, and that made the quarterback throw the ball quicker, and he put it up there and DB’s are getting the ball.”

On special teams Josh Egbert has proved to be something special as the year has progressed. Finding his leg over the past few games his kicks went for an average 56 yards on the night, three of which were touchbacks, and one that sailed through the uprights after a Bonneville personal foul on the Sky View score left Egbert with a short field. Egbert’s kicks kept the Lakers pinned deep in their own territory and were instrumental in the Bobcats starting many of their drives near midfield. Egbert also added three points on a 33 yard field goal, and played a key role in a fake field goal that lead to a Sky View score. Special teams also accounted for a turnover as the Lakers mishandled a punt that the Bobcats recovered the fumble.

All in all Sky View had a brilliant night on the gridiron as they executed a near flawless game. Even some of the mistakes didn’t hurt the Bobcats too much as when one of the Carver interceptions was quickly reversed when after a few plays the Bobcats forced a fumble and fell on the ball. Tenacious defense, a prolific offence and great special teams play sent the seniors out on a high note. Speaking of the seniors Andher had this to say, “These guys, they have battled and battled, they have struggled to win a lot of games over the years, and they just won’t give up, so I’m very proud of them. You know I’m not a fan of senior week because I always feel bad. It’s kind of a reality check that ‘hey it’s winding down’, we are obviously hoping for more weeks, but it’s winding down. I just love being with these kids.” This win puts Sky View at 3-5-0 Overall (2-2-0 Region), while it sends Bonneville home with a record of 1-6-0 Overall (1-3-0 Region).

Speaking of their next challenge Anhder says, “Mountain Crest is an amazing team. We have got our work cut out for us, and we’re going to build for that. That’s our next game, and so it’s all about getting ready for that.” Sky View has the week off for the UEA break and they will be preparing for one of their toughest battles of the year as they head to Hyrum to face valley rival in the Mountain Crest Mustangs on October 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Game Stats

Game 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bonneville 0 0 6 0 6
Sky View 14 17 7 0 38

First Quarter

Sky View: Jordan Hill 18 yd. Pass from Nick Carver (Josh Egbert – Kick) 6:29 0-7
Sky View: Jordan Hill 19 yd. Pass from Nick Carver (Josh Egbert – Kick) :07 0-14

Second Quarter

Sky View: Brady Martin 30 yd. Pass from Nick Carver (Josh Egbert – Kick) 9:51 0-21
Sky View: Josh Egbert 33 yd. Field Goal 2:48 0-24
Sky View: Garth Jolley 26 yd. Pass from Gabe Anderson (Josh Egbert – Kick) :49 0-31

Third Quarter

Bonneville: Nick Toller 10 yd. Pass from Boston Nelson (Nick Hansen – Kick Failed) 8:07 6-31
Sky View: Brady Martin 20 yd. Pass from Nick Carver (Josh Egbert – Kick) :13 6-38

Fourth Quarter

No score

Individual Stats

Passing: Carver: 14-of-30, 254 yds., 4 TD’s, 2 INT’s; Anderson: 1-for-1, 26 yds., 1 TD.

Receiving: Anderson: 4 Catches, 83 yds.; Hill: 5 Catches, 77 yds., 2 TD’s; Martin: 4 Catches, 64 yds., 2 TD’s, Jorgensen: 1 Catch, 30 yds.; Jolley: 1 Catch, 26 yds., 1 TD.

Rushing: Jorgensen: 7 Carries, 40 yds.; Anderson: 12 Carries, 24 yds.; Watts: 2 Carries, 16 yds.; Gero: 6 Carries, 14 yds.; Carver: 4 Carries, 10 yds.

Kickoff: Egbert: 7 Kicks, 3 Touchbacks; 60 yds., 53 yds., 55 yds., 59 yds.; Average: 56 yds.

Punts: Anderson: 1 Punt, 47 yds. (Result-Fumble recovered by Sky View); Nielson: 2 Punts, 49 yds., 24 yds.; Average: 36.5 yds.

Punt Returns: McKinley: 2 Returns, 12 yds., 6 yds.; Average: 9 yds.

Team Stats

Bonneville: Rushing: 12 yds., Receiving: 83 yds.; Total Yds.: 95; Penalties: 12-for-115 yds.
Sky View: Rushing: 104 yds., Receiving: 280 yds., Total Yds.: 384 yds.; Penalties: 4-for-48 yds.