Skyview football throttles Houston, snaps 2-game skid

Skyview’s Jason Sounvieri tries to evade Houston’s Joseph Gauthier in the first quarter Friday.

After a pair of tough losses, Richard Reynolds needed a reason to be confident.


He found 136 reasons Friday.

Reynolds hauled in four catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns, helping the host Skyview football team snap a two-game losing streak with a 45-0 Northern Lights Conference victory over Houston.

The Panthers, who entered the contest having gone seven quarters without an offensive touchdown, improve to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the NLC. Houston falls to 0-3 overall and 0-3 in the NLC.

"Confidence will definitely be up, especially in practice," said Reynolds, who managed a combined 52 yards receiving the past two weeks in losses to Kenai Central and Kodiak. "Our energy will be up and tempo should be much better."

Skyview desperately needed this type of performance.

The Panthers were outscored 60-13 against Kenai Central and Kodiak and hadn't found the end zone on offense in more than 85 minutes.

Quarterback Jordan Jones had completed just one pass over the past six quarters.

And any chance of a playoff berth would have been as good as dead with a third consecutive conference loss.

"It feels good to get back on track," Skyview coach Eric Pomerleau said. "We're going to build on this and continue to work on the things we need to in order to improve."

Skyview cut straight to business.

After partially blocking a punt, the Panthers took over at the Hawks' 26-yard line with 10:16 to play in the opening quarter. Victor Rodriguez rushed for the first of his two touchdowns less than a minute later, taking a handoff around the right end from 25 yards out.

On the ensuing possession, Hawks quarterback Beau Frank committed the only turnover of the game when he fumbled on an option play.

That gave Skyview the ball at the Houston 29, and Rodriguez eventually scored on a 1-yard plunge.

Jordan McNamara then capped a 55-yard drive with a 1-yard score of his own, giving the Panthers a 20-0 lead entering the second quarter.

Skyview mixed the run with the pass in the first quarter and into the second, registering 31 plays over the opening 24 minutes - 20 rushes and 11 passes.

That type of balance was nowhere to be found in the two previous losses.

The Panthers threw it 35 times with little efficiency against Kenai Central, and abandoned the air all together against Kodiak, failing to complete a pass.

But on Friday, quarterback Jordan Jones completed 6 of 15 for 183 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception.

"We had fewer penalties and we put ourselves in good down and distance situations," Pomerleau said.

Skyview drove 90 yards in 2:23 to go up 26-0 late in the second. Jones found Reynolds for 45 yards on the drive's opening play, and the duo connected from 5 yards out to cap the march.

Any chance Houston had of making it a game ended on the first play of the second half. After a false start penalty, Jones hit Reynolds near the left sideline and the receiver took it 81 yards for his second score of the night.

A pair of McNamara touchdowns - of 18 and 4 yards - accounted for the rest of the scoring.

McNamara finished with three scores and 51 rushing yards on six carries. Rodriguez added 67 yards on seven carries.

Pomerleau was pleased with the outing, especially because the Panthers were without No. 1 wide receiver Albert White, who was scratched because of an injury. Senior Cody Williams also missed the game.

"Nothing came easy," the coach said. "Houston played well and didn't give us much. It's exciting."

Reynolds said Friday's effort should set the tone for Skyview's next game - a nonconference clash against South.

"It definitely helps me because that's my job, to catch passes," he said. "We played a good game tonight and we're looking forward to our next one."

Panthers 45, Hawks 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 -0
Skyview 20 6 19 0 -45
1st Quarter
Sky - Rodriguez 25 run (kick blocked), 9:38.
Sky - Rodriguez 1 run (kick failed), 6:40.
Sky - McNamara 1 run (Rodriguez run), 0:22.
2nd Quarter
Sky - Reynolds 5 pass from Jones (run failed), 1:22.
3rd Quarter
Sky - Reynolds 81 pass from Jones (run failed), 11:38.
Sky - McNamara 18 run (Jones kick), 5:35.
Sky - McNamara 4 run (kick failed), 1:27.

Hou Sky
First downs 10 15
Rushes-yards 32-37 36-229
Passing yards 141 183
Passing 7-24-0 6-15-0
Punts-avg 2-21.5 1-19
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-74 10-85

Rushing - Hou: Smith 1-5, Frank 15-(-20), Barron 9-39, Ruta 5-7, Wells 1-1, unlisted 1-5. Sky: Suonvieri 15-100, Jones 2-(-1), Rodriguez 7-67, McNamara 6-51, Checketts 1-(-7), West 2-15, Zimmerman 3-4.
Passing - Hou: Frank 7-23-0-141, Barron 0-1-0-0. Sky: Jones 6-15-0-183.
Receiving - Hou: Wells 6-128, Tucker 1-13, Ruta 1-0. Sky: Reynolds 4-136, McNamara 1-20, Pietro 1-27.