SMITHFIELD – Quarterback Jackson Siddoway completed 16 of 23 passes for four touchdowns and 241 yards in the 35-21 win over Pine View to advance to the 4A state semifinals.
It was a dominant 21-0 first half for the Bobcats, but Pine View didn’t stay down long, cutting Sky View’s lead to 27-21 in the fourth quarter.
Sky View head coach Danilo Robinson said he was proud of how his team responded.
“We talk a lot about how there is going to be adversity,” he said, “and how we are going to respond to it as coaches, as players and as a program.”
Sophomore receiver Mason Falslev caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter – the first for 18 yards and the second on fourth-and-goal from the 7. He made another big play in the second quarter, catching a 42-yard pass from Siddoway on third-and-6 to set up tight end Andrew Dean’s seven-yard touchdown catch soon after.
Falslev brought in six receptions for 105 yards in the first half. He finished the game with 160.
The Sky View offense was only partially responsible of the 21-to-nothing first half dominance. The Bobcat defense didn’t allow a first down until the 4:27 mark in the second quarter and limited the state’s top-scoring 4A offense to just 30 yards in the first half.
But Pine View was a different team from the first possession of the second half, outscoring Sky View 14-0 in the third. It started right after the kickoff, when the Panther offense went 70 yards on eight plays – all of them runs – for a touchdown. Then, after forcing a Bobcat three-and-out, the Panthers started moving again, converting on two third-and-longs on its 10-play 75-yard drive.
“We knew Pine View was going to strike back,” Robinson said. “We held them off as best we could, but they are a good team.”
Thanks to a Tanner Stokes kickoff return to the Panther 6-yard line, Sky View was able to return to the scoreboard with a nine-yard pass to Koebe Wilson, but the extra point was no good, and Pine View retaliated and showed it still had momentum with a good kickoff return of its own. Sky View’s lead was cut to 27-21 six plays and 36 yards later.
“We kept telling our guys to make one stop, make one play,” Robinson said.
With less than nine minutes left in the game, the Siddoway to Falslev connection was revived. Falslev followed up his own 18-yard reception with a 50-yard catch to the 12 the next play. Then, on third-and-9 from the 11, Siddoway connected with Stokes in the endzone. A successful 2-point conversion put Sky View up 35-21.
Pine View was still moving the ball, and still had enough time to finish its comeback, but the Bobcat defense held tight when it needed to, closing out the game with a turnover on downs and an interception in consecutive possessions.
Sky View will play Orem next Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City in the state semifinals.