Brighton hands Sky View first loss of the season, 30-21

<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> After doling out three first quarter interceptions, the Sky View Bobcats never recovered, as they fell to Brighton Friday night, 30-21.

“I thought our defense played very well.” Sky View head coach Craig Anhder said. “They were put in some rough positions and they did a good job of playing a smart ball game. There was no quit out there, no finger pointing.”

On the opening drive of the game, Sky View quarterback Braxton Godderidge got help from running back Skyler Hunt before tossing a 42-yard pass to receiver Daniel Lemon for the first touchdown of the game. 

Their lead lasted only seven seconds. Brighten’s Uaea Masina returned the kick-off 98 yards, tying the game with just two minutes gone from the clock. Masina finished the game with 121 rushing yards, leading all players.

On the second play of the next Sky View drive, Godderidge was picked off by Masina, and the Bengals took the lead with a field goal. 

The Bobcats lost a big offensive force in Hunt to an injury shortly after, but he later returned. However, the Bobcats’ mistakes found them trailing 20-14 at half. 

“It threw us off a little bit,” Anhder said of his running back’s injury. “It took out some of the plays we wanted to execute. Skyler’s character is just like how he runs the ball. He was going to get back in that game and he did, just like when he runs the ball hard.”

Sky View ended their first drive of the second half with a 15-yard loss setting up a first and goal situation for Brighton. Masina ran the ball in for the Bengals to give them a 13-point lead, 27-14.

Hunt came back in the game and wasn’t held back by his injured ankle. The senior ran 51 yards to cut the Bengal lead to six late in the third period.

“It pumped me up a little and made my ankle not hurt so much,” Hunt said. “They all were flowing one way and I saw them pursuing hard so I just cut back the other way.”

Trailing 27-21 late in the third, the Sky View defense stopped the Bengals and the Bobcat offense was poised to get the ball with excellent field position. However, a muffed punt changed the momentum and gave the ball right back to Brighton in SV territory.

The Bengals turned that turnover into three points, extending their lead to 30-21 and making it a two-possession game.

Still clinging to that nine-point lead late in the fourth, the Bengals fumbled the football and Sky View returned it to Brightens 40 yard line giving them life. Nothing came of the turnover though, as the Bobcat offense was forced off the field after four downs. 

“You look at that last fumble,” Anhder said. “All the sudden there’s time on the clock, we’re in a good position, we can do something. We just didn’t get in that rhythm.”

The loss was Sky View’s first on the season, while Brighton remains undefeated at 3-0. The Bobcats will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Wood Cross. The Wildcats defeated Mountain Crest Friday night, 26-23.

<em>Photos by Scott Harris</em>

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