SMITHFIELD — At halftime of Thursday night's Sky View-Roy football game, someone sarcastically suggested they should change this town's name to "Smithfiel."
Why, you might ask? Well, because there was absolutely no "D" to be found in the first half of the two teams' Region 5 finale.
But after intermission, Sky View shut down Roy's big-play offense and, thanks to the dynamic offensive punch provided by the Bobcats' duo of Braxton Godderidge and Dane Anderson, the Bobcats pulled away for an eventual 56-35 victory over the Royals.
Godderidge, Sky View's stellar senior quarterback, wound up completing 25 of 28 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns, and he also ran the ball 15 times for 92 yards and another score to assure the Bobcats (5-1 Region 5, 8-2 overall) of a home game in next week's 4A state playoffs.
"The first half was a shootout," Godderidge said after his team held a 34-28 halftime lead. "The offense was playing well, but the defense was struggling with the deep routes. But they picked it up in the second half big-time. I'll give that win to the defense in the second half.
"I think we just played with a lot more heart in the second half. And our corners, Jesse Hansen and Josh Nieman, took the challenge and stepped it up and made some plays for us."
Anderson, a bruising 207-pound senior running back with great speed and punishing strength, carried the ball 21 times for 134 yards and a touchdown, pushing his rushing total beyond the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He also he caught three of Godderidge's passes for 70 yards and two more TDs.
"The first half, I don't think we played to the best of our ability," said Anderson, who was wearing an ice bag afterward on his left knee, which he said he tweaked a bit in the second half. "But we came out the second half and took it to 'em. We all stepped up to the plate and did what we needed to do.
"I think that we just realized it's senior night, probably the biggest game all season, and we needed to get it done — and we did. Our linemen are doing an amazing job. I give all the credit to them — big holes, big boys."
Sky View's Logan Miller caught eight passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Alex McCrae added eight catches for 94 yards and a TD for the Bobcats, who trailed 21-14 in the second quarter and found themselves in a 28-all deadlock late in the first half before outscoring the visiting Royals 27-7 the rest of the way.
It was McCrae's 12-yard touchdown catch following a critical Roy fumble that put Sky View ahead 34-28 with just 43 seconds to go before halftime.
For the Royals (3-3, 6-3), who finished fourth in Region 5 with the loss, Tyler Skidmore had a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hobbs and a 67-yard TD bomb to Nate Jones, who also threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Skylar Hoover on a perfectly executed trick play.
Justin Weaver added a 1-yard scoring plunge for the Royals, and Jones hauled in a 19-yard TD toss from Skidmore with 1:01 to play for Roy's lone second-half score.
Copyright 2016, Deseret News Publishing Company