Ravell Call, Deseret News
Sky View (5-5) at Orem (7-3)
4A state tournament first round
Friday, 3 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Sky View by 1
All-time series: Series tied 1-1
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Sky View’s Craig Anhder and Orem’s Tyler Anderson
Last meeting: Sept. 10, 2010 — Sky View 29, Orem 6
Orem and Sky View both finished the season in similarly strong fashion and will now match up with one another in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Each team won its final three games by large margins to achieve preseason goals — Sky View to return to the playoffs and Orem to gain homefield advantage for the first round.
"It's something we really wanted and I'm proud of the kids for keeping focused and not getting down after a tough loss to Timpview," said Orem coach Tyler Anderson. "I think the team really came together down the stretch and we're entering the playoffs playing as well as we have all season."
Orem finished off its regular season with resounding victories over Mountain View along with playoff-bound Maple Mountain and Timpanogos. Orem secured a two-seed with its victories, but after Timpview was forced to forfeit some games due to playing ineligible players, the Tigers have the one-seed.
"We'll take it," said Anderson. "Obviously getting here and getting homefield advantage was the goal, but we'll certainly take a one-seed and we hope to play like one this Friday against a very good Sky View team."
Sky View was up against it midway through the season — losing five straight games until rallying to win its final three. Coach Craig Anhder credits improved play from his defense among other factors for the strong finish.
"We had a tough year with injuries and had to play in a very tough region to get here, but I'm so proud of how our kids came together in those last games — especially the defense," said Anhder. "The attitude we have is that it's a whole new season and we'll certainly have to be playing well to beat a team like Orem."
The Tigers present one of the most prolific offenses in the state. Quarterback Taylor Camp has thrown for 2,879 yards and 34 touchdowns this season targeting primarily Nolan Gray who has 70 receptions for 1,276 yards and 16 touchdowns.
"Orem's quarterback is a great one and he has some great receivers," observed Anhder. "It's a spread system that is very tough to defend. The quarterback has one very good receiver, but it's not just him — they have a lot of guys that can beat you and we'll need a great defensive performance to hold them down."
The Bobcats run a similar offensive system led by quarterback Braxton Gooderidge who has thrown for 2,489 yards and 19 touchdowns. His primary target is receiver Daniel Lemon who has 42 receptions for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year.
Sky View also presents a defense that features Kyle Johnson who has 131 tackles on the year and Ethan Dursteler who has 14 sacks.
"They're a complete team." says Anderson. "No matter what seed you are entering the playoffs, you have to recognize that everyone else made the playoffs as well and that means everyone is a quality team that can beat you on any given night. We can't overlook anyone and we're certainly not overlooking a very good Sky View team."
Coach Anhder knows his team will have to be at its best to beat Orem.
"We need to stay balanced and remember why we got to the playoffs," said Anhder. "It's a new year and we need to understand that it's going to take a great effort to beat a great Orem team on the road."
Sky View statistical breakdown