Mason Falslev took the snap and dropped back.
He bounced on his toes twice, and breezed through his reads. A lane opened up between his right guard and tackle, and Falslev took off in a flash.
36-yards later, in a blur of long legs and arms, the senior quarterback darted across the goal line to give Sky View a 20-0 lead over Logan midway through the second quarter.
It was that kind of night for the Bobcats.
Sky View dismantled Logan 40-22 on Homecoming night in a battle of undefeated teams. Falslev was just too much to handle for the Grizzlies’ defense, as he ran for four touchdowns and threw for another in his best game of the season so far.
“Mason definitely opens up the play with all of his options,” Sky View head coach Danilo Robinson said of Falslev’s play. “… There are some good quarterbacks in this league, but Mason definitely brings a different element to our team and we’re excited about him.”
With the win, the Bobcats likely have secured the Region 12 championship with two games remaining. They certainly control their own destiny from here on out.
Falslev and the Sky View offense asserted itself with confident authority. The Bobcats found the endzone on their first three possessions, with a 17-yard TD strike from Falslev to Ryder Lundahl on the opening drive. Falslev ran it in on the next two drives, and the rout was on.
“Tonight, we knew that we needed to finish drives,” Falslev said. “That’s what we worked on in practice all week, finishing our drives.”
Logan threatened to cut into the lead with 5:00 left in the first half. Jonny Parkinson found Timm Van Leeuwen for a short completion on the far sideline, and Van Leeuwen made a defender miss and took off for a 24-yard touchdown reception to cut the SV lead to 20-7. The Grizzlies gave up a pair of first downs before forcing Sky View into a punt near midfield.
On the very next play, Sky View’s Titan Saxton stepped in front of a Parkinson pass. He returned the interception 30 yards, and Falslev scored his third rushing touchdown of the night from four yards out on the next snap. Logan went three-and-out on the next possession, and lined up to punt.
Sky View’s returner went to receive the snap, and signaled for a fair catch. The back judge blew his whistle as soon as the football touched the returner’s hand, but he didn’t secure the catch. The ball bounced to the turf as a pair of Grizzlies pounced on it for a seemingly big turnover before halftime. The officials convened and Logan was forced to re-kick due to an “inadvertent whistle,” much to the dismay of the Logan sideline and fans.
The second half of the game featured more of the Bobcats’ balanced rushing attack. Falslev finished the night with 113 yards rushing on 16 carries. His backfield mate Tanner Stokes was a steady force with the ball in his hands – the shifty running back amassed 100 yards on the ground on 20 touches. All-in-all, Sky View pounded the rock for 253 yards on the ground.
Parkinson did a lot in the loss for Logan. The senior made plays with his arm and his feet. He went 24 of 47 for 264 yards one touchdown, and rushed for 49 yards and a score.
“Logan is a high-powered offense,” Robinson said. “They fly around, and their quarterback is pretty special. It was a great challenge for us. Scout Morris, Titan Saxton, Traeson Martindale, and Payton Bagley. Those are four guys that stepped up and played well for us on the back-end.”
Both Falslev and Robinson were quick to give credit to their offensive line. The unit, consisting of Hunter Larsen, Dawson Buehler, Toni Hansen, Evan Hall, and Kole Chadwick, handled Logan’s pass-rushers and linebackers.
“Our offensive line is kind of the heart and soul of what we’re doing right now,” Robinson said. “They’re building and building and continuing to get better. If we can run the ball, we usually end up in a good spot.”
Lundahl scored the other two Sky View touchdowns; his second TD of the night came on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
After winning only one game last season, Logan has undergone a massive turn-around behind first-year head coach Travis Van Leeuwen’s guidance. The Grizzlies had won back-to-back games by a touchdown or less heading into Friday night’s showdown.
“We beat ourselves,” Travis Van Leeuwen said. “We didn’t make plays when we needed to and we got out-coached this game. It was just one of those games where they outplayed us and we made mistakes. We’ve got to use this game as a learning lesson to bounce back and overcome it.”