Sky View (5-5) at Skyline (6-3)
4A state tournament first round
Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Parry's Power Guide: Skyline by 2
All-time series: Skyline leads 4-0
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Sky View's Craig Anhder and Skyline's Roger Dupaix
Last meeting: Sept. 6, 1996, Skyline 34, Sky View 15
Roger DuPaix of Skyline and Craig Anhder of Sky View each predicted that "it will be a battle." when their teams collide in the Millcreek Township this Friday.
Skyline's young team took a couple of games to find their stride. Once they did the Eagles won six straight games before falling to Olympus in what was basically the region championship game.
"I'm real proud of how this team has stuck together," said Dupaix
Sky View has had a rockier road on their way to the playoffs. The Bobcats were at 2-5 but won their last three games to get to .500.
Despite their unimpressive record, DuPaix thinks that "Sky View could be one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs." He also noted that the Eagles lost to Olympus while Sky View took Olympus to the woodshed. The loss was Olympus' only of the season.
For this reason Skyline is "real focused" on Sky View and is not looking past to later rounds.
DuPaix stressed the importance of Skyine's leading rusher Maurice Mapps Jr. to have a great game. The fullback is averaging seven yards per carry this season and is a crucial part of the Eagles' triple option attack.
Sky View brings a more balanced attack and are effective on the ground as well as through the air. Dual-threat QB Nicholas Carver deserves a lot of credit for that. He has completed 90 passes for 1,196 yards this season and has rushed for 461 yards and 6 touchdowns. 13 of Carver's passes have resulted in touchdowns but he has tossed 10 interceptions as well.
Carver will have to be careful with the football when Skyline's Tyler Snyder is in the game. Snyder has a nose for the ball and leads the Eagles in interceptions with three.
Sky View will need a big day from their defense, which means several key athletes wil have to rise to the occasion. Expect Tre Hansen to have a big day. Hansen leads his team in tackles with 65. He is also the sack leader with four and a half.
Corbin Lee recently moved to safety about a month ago and will also play a key role in the game for Sky View. Lee already accounts for half of all Sky View's interceptions with five and has three sacks.
Last but certainly not least, the Bobcats have two excellent cornerbacks in Milyon Chantry and Yabitse Wells. Six years ago these two were living in an orphanage in Ethiopia, but are now maing big plays on the gridiron. Chantry and Wells have each recorded 50 tackles on the season.
Sky View statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 21.2 ppg
Scoring defense: 21.7 ppg
Passing leader: Nicholas Carver (90-184, 48.9%, 1,196, 13 TDs, 10 INTs)
Receiving leaders: Corey Jensen (23 receptions, 292 yards, 1 TD), Nathan Payne (13 receptions, 234 yards, 6 TDs)
Sacks leaders: Connor Chambers (7 sacks), Ethan Dursteler (5.5 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Corbin Lee (5 interceptions)
Skyline statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 27.1 ppg
Scoring defense: 17.8 ppg
Passing leader: Zach Williams (20-52, 38.55, 335 yards, 2 TDs, 5 INTs)
Receiving leaders: Garrett England (10 receptions, 227 yards, 2 TDs)
Sacks leaders: Brandon Shingleton (4 sacks)
Interceptions leader: Tyler Snyder (3 interceptions)
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