RiverHawks fall to Skyridge in Lehi

LEHI – Skyridge’s Cody Frampton completed 17 of 26 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-14 win over Ridgeline High on the opening night of Utah high school football Thursday.

It was the first game in program history for both schools, but it was the Riverhawks who had a tough time keeping up with the 4A Skyridge team.

“I saw a team that just wasn’t ready to play,” Ridgeline head coach Chistopher Howell said after the loss. “We made way too many mistakes on both sides of the ball.”

Skyridge struck early in the game. On the third play from scrimmage Frampton found wide receiver Wyatt Parkinson open downfield for a 69-yard touchdown completion. Parkinson caught two more touchdowns during the game, one was from 32 yards out, the other was from 56.

Four of the five touchdowns scored by Skyridge were on pass plays from more than 32 yards out. The other was a 14-yarder.

“We created some third-and-mediums and third-and-longs but that is when we ended up having some big plays,” Howell said. “Almost everytime they scored today it was on a big play. I’m not sure they drove the length of the field, honestly. They hit us on big plays.”

After Skyridge’s first score, the Ridgeline offense put up points of its own and tied the game in the final minutes of the first quarter. It came when Senior quarterback Payton Thomas evaded a tackle on first down just in time to find Kody Pope in the endzone on a four yard pass.

Thomas finished the night completing 18-of-36 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our first drive we drove the length of the field, and that’s nice,” Howell said. “That is what we need to do, but that is the only time we did it.”

The only other RiverHawk score came midway through the third quarter when Thomas connected with Sam Weda, who caught the ball deep then avoided and outran defenders into the endzone. The play accounted for 80 of Weda’s team-high 149 receiving yards.

“Sam (Weda) does a great job in practice,” Howell said. “We have a tough time covering him one-on-one and he did a good job getting open. Payton Thomas did a good job of finding him and our O-line did a good job of blocking on that play.”

Howell said the team effort was good from a mental and physical perspective, just not good enough.

“The great thing about this is it is week one,” he said. “These preseason games are about preparing us for region play. This doesn’t affect us one bit as far as reaching the goals that we want to reach, but as we’ve been preaching, all the hype doesn’t mean jack. We have to come out there and perform, and they outplayed us tonight.”

Ridgeline played without Levani Damuni, a key player for the RiverHawks and has several offers from Division-I college football schools. The RiverHawks will continue the season next week at Provo High on Friday at 7 p.m.

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