Monday , August 11, 2014 - 6:32 AM
SMITHFIELD – Two and a half months before Timpview blasted Sky View in last year’s 4-A quarterfinals on its way to its second straight state championship and sixth in eight years, the two teams were locked in a down-to-the-wire classic on Timpview’s home field.
With Timpview leading 34-28 in the final minutes and Sky View inches away from the game-tying touchdown, Timpview produced a goal-line stand that effectively sealed the victory.
If you talk to Sky View coach Craig Anhder, though, there’s only one problem. According to Anhder, his quarterback actually made it into the end zone.
“The quarterback made a fake and he came around the outside and as he’s getting tackled he reaches over and scores,” Anhder said. “You can see the ref on film behind a couple of our players… so he can’t really see very well, but he said no touchdown. He goes running over there and said (the quarterback) bounced… he bounced in. He never bounced. You could see it on replay.”
Without instant replay, however, that was the game. For Sky View, it was one of just two regular-season losses. The Bobcats got a rematch against the Thunderbirds in the state quarterfinals, but Timpview won decisively 49-17.
Starting off the 2014 season, Sky View will get yet another crack at Timpview as the two teams square off in the season opener on Aug. 22.
“I’ve got a lot of young kids and they took it personal that they didn’t beat Timpview last year,” Anhder said. “They really want to come out and they want to be prepared to play Timpview. They talk about it, and they’re doing things on their own to try to simulate Britain Covey’s speed to prepare themselves for it.”
Covey is Timpview’s electric dual-threat quarterback. Ironically enough, Covey only started after Timpview got a look at Sky View quarterback Braxton Godderidge.
“The first game he wasn’t their quarterback,” Anhder said. “We ran into their coaches at a Utah State game… they said, ‘After playing you, we decided we’re going to put Covey in at quarterback because he makes that big of a difference.’”
The difference was exactly what Anhder had noticed from Godderidge.
“(Godderidge) was very similar to Covey – small and shifty, and they couldn’t grab him.” Anhder said.
As a senior in 2013, Godderidge completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,930 yards, throwing 31 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 449 yards and eight more scores.
“He just led,” Anhder said. “He expected greatness from the kids and he led by example. He was the hardest-working kid out there and nobody ever doubted his work ethic. He expected people to be successful and to rise up to his level and they did.”
Anhder knows replacing Godderidge in 2014 will be a chore, but believes he has the right person for the job – junior Garrison Beach.
“He is technically the very best quarterback I’ve ever coached as far as his mechanics and footwork, and so I’m excited to put that out on the field,” Anhder said.
Beach is bigger and not as shifty as Godderidge, but has a stronger arm, according to Anhder.
“He can throw the deep ball,” Anhder said. “He’s got a stronger arm than Braxton had last year, so that’s going to open up the outs and some of those things that we couldn’t throw with Braxton.”
Beach will be supported by a pair of junior receivers – Bryce Mortenson and Alex McCrae. Mortenson and McCrae combined to catch 50 passes for 778 yards and nine touchdowns as sophomores last season and will be instrumental in helping Sky View overcome the departure of wide receiver Logan Miller. Miller caught 51 passes for 912 yards with 15 touchdowns last season. Justin Evans, Christian Fife, Ryan Martin, Dane Anderson and Mitchell Coombs also graduated, further depleting Sky View’s receiving corps.
Anhder is also excited about the emergence of receiver Hunter Chambers. Chambers only caught one pass for seven yards as a junior last season, but Anhder likes his deep-threat potential.
“We’ll be better prepared to be able to get over the top this year,” Anhder said.
Perhaps Sky View’s biggest strength this year will be its defensive line, which Anhder said has nicknamed itself the ‘fearsome foursome.’ Senior Tyler Downs and junior Colton Durrant, who will also return on the offensive line, will play inside on the Bobcats’ four-man front with juniors Max Christensen and Jake Pitcher coming off the edges. Christensen was third on the team in tackles a season ago with 60 and also tallied a whopping 14 sacks. Durrant finished with a second-best 8.5.
“We’ve got tall lanky defensive ends and big strong defensive tackles and that’s what you want in your four-man front,” Anhder said.
McCrae, who recorded three interceptions a season ago, will return at safety.
Sky View’s season opener against Timpview will start a 7 p.m.
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SKY VIEW 2014 SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 22 – Timpview – 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29 – at Maple Mountain – 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5 – Minico-Idaho – 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12 – Bonneville – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18 – at Provo – 7 p.m. (KJZZ)
Friday, Sept. 26 – at Mountain Crest – 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 – Logan – 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 10 – at Box Elder – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Ogden – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23 – at Roy – 7 p.m.
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