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Scott G Winterton,
Orem and Sky View play in 4A semifinal football action at Rice Eccles stadium at the University of Utah on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Orem won 28-12.
We didn’t make the stops at the critical times we needed to on defense, and then our offense we didn’t make the conversion downs —Sky View coach Danilo Robinson

SALT LAKE CITY — The dream Cache County showdown in next week’s 4A championship never materialized.

After watching its rival Mountain Crest book its ticket to the final on Thursday night, Sky View didn’t execute like’s been accustomed to throughout the season on Friday night in a frustrating 28-12 loss to Orem.

Orem controlled the trenches most of the night, something Sky View thought might happen, and it simply didn’t make the plays to counter it in suffering its first loss of the season.

“We didn’t make the stops at the critical times we needed to on defense, and then our offense we didn’t make the conversion downs,” said first-year Sky View coach Danilo Robinson. “They’re a good front, they bring pressure, and they got to us obviously. We knew it was going to be something like that.”

Even though Sky View won’t be making travel arrangements to Rice-Eccles Stadium next Friday, Robinson said there’s no question who his team will be supporting.

“We’ll support Mountain Crest, and our region, good to see them get there. It sucks to come up this short,” said Robinson, whose team actually outgained Orem in total offense 310 to 255.

Orem never trailed in Friday’s game and built a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Sky View responded with a quick scoring drive that Mason Falslev capped on a 10-yard TD pass from Jackson Siddoway to settle Sky View’s nerves at halftime.

By the time Sky View’s offense touched the ball again Orem had regained a 21-6 advantage as it scored on the opening drive of the third quarter.

The Bobcats’ next drive stalled, but it caught a huge break when Orem fumbled the ensuing punt setting them up with first and goal at Orem’s 9-yard line.

On the first play Sky View’s quarterback lofted a ball into traffic in the end zone which was easily intercepted. Sky View scored on its next drive but missed the extra point keeping it at a two-possession game.

It was those type of missed opportunities that doomed the Bobcats on the big stage at the U.

“Losing at this point of the season is tough. It would’ve stung any which way, whoever lost today. Proud of the kids, they played hard, we fought how we fought all year long,” said Robinson. “This was worth it to be at this point. We’re disappointed now, but we’ll be OK. These kids are gutty kids and they're better for it.”

Sky View’s future looks bright next season, and Falslev gave everyone a glimpse of that in the third quarter when he hauled in a ridiculous one-handed grab over his head as he was falling out of bounds. It helped set up the TD to make it a 21-12 game.

“That was unbelievable. That kid is unbelievable. That kid is going to be a special talent. He’s a bright spot for what’s coming up,” said Robinson.