"I think it's gonna be a tough region," said Anhder, who is encouraged by his team's togetherness and willingness to help one another learn. "Logan's coming back and returning a lot of starters after winning the state championship last year. So they're gonna be good again, and Mountain Crest has got some good players, too.
"Box Elder will be good and solid. And I've got a lot of respect for coach (Fred) Fernandes at Roy. He turned Woods Cross around and got them competing at a higher level. And the new Bonneville coach (Tyler Gladwell) has got an impressive resume."
And while Cache Valley has become a hotbed of prep football excellence and success — Logan has taken home four state titles since 2000; Mountain Crest claimed state crowns in 2001 and '05, and both of those schools have also lost in the state finals or semifinals during the last decade — the Bobcats figure it's their turn to make some postseason noise of their own.
Sky View Bobcats at a glance
Coach: Craig Anhder begins his eighth season as Sky View's head coach. He has compiled a 49-29 record in seven seasons at the school. He is a graduate of Mountain Crest High.
(5 returning starters; Spread offense)
Braxton Godderidge, who's just a junior, shows great leadership at the quarterback position, and Skyler Hunt, Nathan Payne, Daniel Lemon, Mitch Larson and Ethan Dursteller join him in giving Sky View plenty of potent weapons. Kody Willmore and Jarin Loveday anchor the O-line, and it looks like scoring points shouldn't be a problem for this bunch of Bobcats.
(4 returning starters; Base 4-3 defense)
Dursteller is an all-state end, and Joe Humphreys and Tyler Downs saw plenty of playing time last season, so the front four looks solid. With three new starters at linebacker, the 'Cats can use the preseason to give those guys some vital varsity experience. By the time league play begins in mid-September, this group should be battle-tested and tough to score against.
Coaches preseason Region 5 straw poll: Third
Deseret News Region 5 prediction: Second
Bottom line: If Godderidge gets the offense in high gear and the defense comes around as expected, Sky View should contend for the region championship. The Bobcats have enough firepower on offense to put plenty of points up on the board, so their defense may hold the key to how far they will climb up the league ladder. Mark Sept. 28 down on your calender — that's the date defending 4A state champion Logan comes to town for these two teams' annual grudge match. It is also Sky View's annual homecoming game.
Aug. 17 at Olympus, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 HUNTER, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 BRIGHTON, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Woods Cross, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Mountain Crest, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Box Elder, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 LOGAN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Roy, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 BONNEVILLE, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 WEBER, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Sky View High School
All-time record: 219-237-8 (48 years)
Region championships: 6 (1969, 1972, 1979 co, 1982, 2006, 2007 co)
Playoff appearances: 20
All-time playoff record: 8-20
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-1
Most played rivalry: 50 meetings with Logan dating back to 1964. Logan leads 30-20. Meet on Sept. 28.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Sky View clashed with Mountain Crest in the 1987 Class 3A championship in front of a state-record 19,887 fans at Utah State’s Romney Stadium.
Sky View coaching history
2005-current — Craig Anhder (49-29)
2004 — Dan Cox (4-7)
1999-2003 — Perry Christiansen (17-34)
1993-1998 — Doug Snow (19-36)
1990-1992 — Bill Brechler (12-16)
1983-1989 — Jan Hall (27-41)
1981-1982 — Jack Robinson (16-4)
1978-1980 — Doug Adams (9-19)
1968-1977 — Earl Lindley (58-30-3)
1964-1967 — Glen Oliverson (8-21-5)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2008 — Eric Berntson, DL
2008 — JD Falslev, Specialist
2007 — Adam Weston, LB
2007 — McKade Brady, DB
2006 — Jase Hill, QB
2006 — Britain Martin, WR
2006 — Chad Champlin, LB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.