<em>This is the second in a series previewing the Region 12 football teams. Logan can be viewed <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/sports/local_prep/article_98f7b74e-7baf-11e7-88d7-3f5fd9d6c4f8.html” target=”_blank”>here.</a></em>
SMITHFIELD – Unlike their former teammates who will be playing at Green Canyon, the football players at Sky View aren’t getting a new school, stadium or mascot, but the team does have a new coach.
With that change comes a new way of doing things. First year head coach Danilo Robinson called it “a brand new program.”
“We definitely wanted to install our defense, our offense and our work ethic the way we wanted it,” he said. “We’re installing new concepts on offense and defense.”
Robinson said it is still early in camp, and he is still learning what his team’s strengths are. That means there is still some adjusting to be done on both sides of the ball, but he does know he wants his offense to be very up tempo.
“We want to control the ball, the possessions,” he said, “and make the game shorter for our defense.”
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The final look may still be a mystery, but Robinson is inheriting an experienced group that was a 5A playoff team a year ago. As for what formation the offense is likely to utilize, senior receiver Brodie Martin said that Sky View will do it all.
“We run under center, in shotgun, spread, we run the ball,” he said. “It’s everywhere.”
Robinson said the defense, like the offense, will have multiple looks.
“(The defense is) a tough physical group that plays with fanatical effort,” he said. “A lot of things are going to be taken care of with great effort and great attitude.”
Like every team in Cache Valley, the Sky View players are looking forward to joining the other valley schools and Bear River to the newly-formed Region 12 at the 4A level.
“Every game is going to be a rivalry game,” senior tight end and defensive end Andrew Dean said. “It’s going to bring a lot of fans out, it is going to be a great atmosphere and a lot of fun.”
This region situation may mean a little more to the Sky View seniors, who will have the chance to play against their former teammates and coaches at Green Canyon. Sophomore Mason Falslev said he still has a lot of friends at the new school.
“It’s going to be weird to see what they act like on the field,” he said, “to see if they are still my buddies.”
After playing football and meeting his wife at Utah State, Robinson traveled the country coaching football at the collegiate level. He said he had wanted to return to Cache Valley, and is grateful for the chance to be back.
“It’s a place that we are comfortable in,” he said. “It’s a beautiful area with great people and a great place to raise our family.”
Aug. 18 at Stansbury
Aug. 25 at Tooele
Sept. 1 vs Springville
Sept. 8 vs Madison, Idaho
Sept. 15 vs Bear River
Sept. 22 at Mountain Crest
Sept. 29 at Logan
Oct. 6 vs Green Canyon
Oct. 13 vs Ridgeline