SALT LAKE CITY – From the opening possession, the Sky View Bobcats dominated the Park City Miners for the 4A football championship on the field of Rice Eccles Stadium, winning 35-0. It is the first football championship in the school’s 56 year history, and they won it by dominating on offense and defense, claiming their sixth shutout of the season (tying a school record set in 1969).
Park City was the number one team throughout the season and was undefeated going into the championship. Sky View’s lone loss was back on August 23rd to 6A Skyridge. Sky View quickly scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter while stifling Park City on defense, including an interception by Scout Morris. The pick-off was the 10th of the season by Morris, who is the state leader in interceptions across all classifications. Sky View special teams also came up big. Thor Griffin blocked a Park City punt in the 1st quarter, giving the Bobcats a short field and leading them to their third touchdown of the quarter.
Park City’s best chance to get back into the game was early in the 2nd quarter when Park City brought some backside pressure, hitting Kason Carlsen from behind near midfield. The ball flew out of his hands and into the waiting arms of a Park City defensive lineman. The Miners drove to the goal line, but a sack on 3rd down pushed the Miners to the 11 yard line. The Miners opted to go for it on 4th down, only to have Mason Falslev stretch every inch of his frame to snag the pass in the air with one hand in the endzone.
Sky View outscored its opponents 167-34 in its playoff run (62-0 over Cedar Valley, 56-13 over Mountain View, 49-21 over Dixie, and 35-0 over Park City). A big part of that success on offense was the play of Sky View’s dynamic duo of Carlsen and Falslev. Carlsen was 16-23 passing with 186 yards and one fumble, along with 107 rushing yards on 20 attempts and 3 rushing touchdowns. Falslev accounted for 148 all-purpose yards: 91 rushing yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns, to go along with 57 yards on five receptions. Sky View outgained Park City 406 to 179.
Defensively, Hunter Larsen led the defensive pressure shutting down one of the best rushing offenses in the state. Larsen had two sacks and six tackles. Traeson Martindale was also a leader defensively, accounting for 12 tackles and a sack. Walter Collins also crossed the double digit threshold in tackles with 10. In addition to his one interception, Morris also pulled down seven tackles.
The 2019 senior class will graduate having won more games in school history than any other class, suffering only three losses over the last three years.
Friday’s was not the first championship this year for the Bobcats. The Sky View boys basketball team won the 4A basketball title in February.