Coming off an up and down season, the Sky View High football team has its sight set on consistency and redemption.
After going 5-6 last season and falling short in the first round of the 4A playoffs, the Bobcats hope to use some of the momentum that came from riding a three-game winning streak into the playoffs.
“It helps a lot, the kids left last with some confidence so they’re coming back with some confidence and that’s very beneficial for our program,” head coach Craig Anhder said. “These guys believe they can go out and be successful with the best teams in the state. Confidence is huge in high school football.”
Returning under center for the Bobcats is senior quarterback Braxton Godderidge, who threw for more than 2,800 yards and rushed for 200 more while running the Sky View offense.
Godderidge said he’s excited to get back on the gridiron and that the team is ready to make a statement this season.
“We don’t care if we’re ranked No. 1, that means nothing to us because nothing has happened yet,” Godderidge said. “What matters is what you do on the field when it comes to August and September and make a deep run in the playoffs. I think we have a pretty solid chance.”
Coach Anhder said he’s looking forward to this season’s offensive line and that they’re the biggest line he’s coached.
“We’ve got Tyler Downs as a junior and Colton Durrant as a sophomore and then three other seniors in Seth White, Kaden Diderickson and Chandler Beutler. They’re a strong group.”
After starting 2-0 last season, the Bobcats went through several inconsistent stretches, which is something Coach Anhder said the team has focused on this fall.
“We were hot and we were cold at times, so we’re working hard so that we can be consistent this year,” Anhder said. “We’re fine-tuning the plays that we’re running, we’re fine-tuning some of the personnel we’re using so that we can be a little more consistent.”
On defense, Sky View returns three of its leading tacklers from a year ago in Robert Ercanbrack, McKay Milne and Logan Miller. Ercanbrack recorded 91 tackles last season, tied for third on the team, while Milne and Miller combined for 129 tackles and four interceptions.
“(Ercanbrack) will head up that linebacker core and really be a rock to our defense, he’s a returning starter,” Anhder said. “And our DB’s will be solid too. We’ve got Christian Fife who started last year and Logan Miller. Those two will really anchor the defensive backfield for us.”
The Bobcats kick off their season on Friday, August 23 when they visit defending 4A champion Timpview. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.