by Daniel Olsen | Blowouts are common in the high school game but fans were craving a shootout at some point in the UHSAA State Championships.
They got their wish in a shootout to determine which View would be victorious in the 4A Division. In the end, the team that had the ball last came out on top. The Sky View Bobcats converted just enough first Downs at the end to ice the game with a 39-33 victory over the Pine View Panthers.
With the loss, the Panthers experienced yet another heartbreak as they are now 0-7 in state championships in their team history. On the other side, Sky View celebrated 25 straight victories and a state title to boot. They have the third longest active win streak in the state behind only Corner Canyon (40) and Beaver (26).
It was a close game early on as both teams traded touchdowns. Turnovers played a big part in this game as well as there were several on each side.
The game started with Pine View scoring first and quickly in a drive that lasted just over a minute. They failed to convert the extra point and Sky View did the same on the other end to make the score 6-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bobcats got the edge in the second quarter as they outscored the Panthers 14-7 to take a 20-13 halftime lead. It looked for a moment like Sky View would pull away as they took a 26-13 lead with 7:04 left in the third quarter.
However, Pine View would not go away as they seemed to trade scores with Sky View down the stretch. The score was 26-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 13 points each in the fourth quarter so the last offense to have the ball was the one who would win the game.
As predicted, Panthers receiver Dominique McKenzie had a stellar performance with four receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was not enough to outscore a stellar running team in Sky View that was also capable of connecting in the passing department when they needed to.
The biggest touchdown of the game came on the Sky View end when Isaac Larsen rushed the ball 67 yards to pay-dirt. This put the Bobcats in an advantageous position ahead 39-27 with just under seven minutes left in the game.
Less than a minute later, Pine View scored on a big play of their own as McKenzie connected on a 40 yard touchdown, his only receiving touchdown of the night. He ended the way he started the game: scoring a touchdown. He had a three yard scamper early in the first quarter to record the first points of the game.
Sky View and Pine View both had a bit of bedlam near the end. Both teams traded fumbles in consecutive possessions. Once the Bobcats got the ball back, they were able to seal the deal by converting a needed first down on 4th and 1 with a minute to go. This left the Panthers with just one timeout and not enough time to get the ball back.
The game ball has to go to Sky View quarterback Kason Carlsen. He was responsible for all but two of the six touchdowns that his team scored.
The Bobcats had a 56 year title drought in their school’s history before snapping it last year. Now, as they celebrate the repeat as state champs, the baby blue rain is pouring in Smithfield tonight.