Over the last few games, we feel like our team has been playing excellent football. In all three phases of the game, really. We have good momentum right now. —Ben Meier
Pine View (8-3) at Sky View (10-0)
4A state tournament quarterfinals
Friday, 3 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Sky View by 1
All-time series: Pine View leads 1-0
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Pine View’s Ray Hosner and Sky View’s Danilo Robinson
Last meeting: Nov. 8, 2007 – Pine View 55-24 (4A semifinal)
Fifty-four years, 26 playoff appearances, eight region championships and seven consecutive seasons of playoff football. That is, in short, the history of Sky View football. As that history indicates, more often than not, the Bobcats have had a stable and competitive football program.
However, with the creation of Green Canyon High School and the departure of former head coach Craig Anhder, the 2017 season was supposed to be different. An outlier. A down year.
Head coach Danilo Robinson was almost guaranteed to have to make good use of the "honeymoon phase" gifted to new headmen across the state.
Per his own words, the Bobcats were in for a change.
“With the school split, it’s going to be very different around here,” the former Utah State Aggie said before the season. “Our numbers are fluctuating. We have to create a new environment here.”
For most teams, words like "fluctuating," "new" and "create" signify a rebuild.
Not so for Sky View.
The Bobcats have been one of the elite in 4A football this season, taking down any and all comers en route to a perfect 10-0 record and a Region 12 title.
“Being undefeated and going through that region, they have obviously had success,” said Pine View defensive coordinator Ben Meier. “You look at their record, they are able to put up points in bunches.”
Most of that explosive scoring comes courtesy of starting quarterback Jackson Siddoway. He was locked in a preseason competition with sophomores Tate Ballard and Mason Falslev, but, after securing the starting nod, he has done nothing but excel.
Siddoway has completed 129 of 207 passes this season, good for a 62.3 completion percentage. Those completions have accounted for 1,983 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has also found success running the ball, racking up 327 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Of course, Siddoway is merely a part of the attack that has given Sky View the fourth-best offense in 4A.
Receivers Ryder Lundahl (26 receptions for 371 yards and eight scores) and Falslev (34 receptions for 642 yards and eight touchdowns), along with premier running backs Cole (150 carries for 707 yards and eight touchdowns) and Tanner Stokes (39 carries for 409 yards and three scores), have all played a role.
“They like to do a lot of different things. They like to get the ball out, both in their passing and running games, to some athletic kids,” said Meier.
Coupled with their top-ranked defense, which has allowed an average of just 13.1 ppg this season, it is easy to see why the Bobcats are the highest-ranked team, at No. 8, in 4A.
“Just from watching them on film, you can tell they are a good team,” said Meier. “We definitely have our work cut out for us this week.”
Work or no, if any team can take down Sky View it is the Pine View Panthers.
Coach Ray Hosner's team has been on a tear of late, winning their last five games in impressive fashion.
The Panthers, following back-to-back losses to Snow Canyon and Dixie, have outscored their opponents 216 to 38. Among those opponents was the defending 3AA state champion Desert Hills Thunder.
“Over the last few games, we feel like our team has been playing excellent football,” said Meier. “In all three phases of the game, really. We have good momentum right now. Things have been working for us.”
One of the main reasons for that has been the play of quarterback Dallin Brown.
“We made a change at quarterback, replacing Ryan Javines with Brown, and he has done an excellent job running the offense,” said Meier. “Between him and Jacob Mpungi (189 carries for 1,366 yards and 18 touchdowns) running the ball, it is kind of a scary thing. It is fun to watch, as a spectator and a coach. We love watching these guys run around.”
The Panther defense has excelled as well, bending but not breaking.
“We are limiting points. We are getting takeaways. We’ve been playing really well defensively,” said Meier.
After making it to the 3AA title game in 2016, Pine View has near championship experience and is now playing its best football, all of which makes the Panthers a serious threat to the Bobcats.
“(Sky View) is a good team,” said Meier. “Hopefully we can get the win.”
Pine View statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 39.2 ppg (1st in 4A)
Scoring defense: 16.0 ppg (4th in 4A)
Passing leader: Ryan Javines (58-114, 50.9%, 851 yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs)
Receiving leaders: Michael Moten (32 rec., 518 yards, 6 TDs)
Sack leaders: Koa Katoa (7.5 sacks)
Sky View statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 36.7 ppg (4th in 4A)
Scoring defense: 13.1 ppg (1st in 4A)
Passing leader: Jackson Siddoway (129-207, 62.3%, 1,983 yards, 26 TDs, 6 INTs)
Sack leaders: Koebe Wilson (6 sacks)
Felts Facts for Pine View High School
Head Coach: 2001-current — Ray Hosner (134-51)
All-time record: 221-140 (35 years)
Region championships: 10 (1985-co, 1986, 1993, 1994 co, 2001, 2003 co, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014 co)
Playoff appearances: 26
Current playoff appearance streak: 6 (2012-2017)
All-time playoff record: 25-25
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-6
Felt’s Facts for Sky View High School
Head Coach: 2017 — Danilo Robinson (10-0)
All-time record: 270-254-8 (54 years)
Region championships: 8 (1969, 1972, 1979 co, 1982, 2006, 2007 co, 2015, 2017)
Playoff appearances: 26
Current playoff appearance streak: 7 (2011-2017)
All-time playoff record: 13-25
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-1