Skyview's Gregory Bosick is brought down by Seward's Cody Beck in the second quarter Saturday at Skyview High School.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Talk about double trouble.
Skyview's backfield tandem of Gregor Bosick and Clark Buffington each ran for 114 yards on 12 carries as the Panthers rolled to a 49-0 nonconference win over the Seward Seahawks Saturday in Soldotna.
"Gregor's going to be our man, but we showed that if anybody pays too much attention to him, we've got a lot of other guys who can step up," Skyview head coach Phil Sheridan said following the win.
In addition to racking up identical rushing totals, the two backs each scored two touchdowns although one of Bosick's did come through the air.
The Panthers used Bosick's physical style and Buffington's quickness to pound the ball down Seward's throat early and often. Skyview took just six plays with Bosick and Buffington each getting three carries to score their first touchdown, a 9-yard run by Buffington around the left end.
Skyview's offense outgained Seward 290-128, including a 254-77 advantage on the ground. Seward's leading rusher was quarterback Coty Beck, who got most of his 55 yards on a single 36-yard carry early in the second half.
With the win, Skyview was able to repay Seward for the Seahawks' win over the Panthers last season in Seward.
"We knew they were going to be gunning for us," Seward coach Mark Woodward said after the game.
Woodward said his team is still battling to fill out a full roster, a fact that hurt the Seahawks against a tough Skyview squad that lists 17 seniors among its 24-man roster.
Skyview's Shane Strausbaugh and Jeff Dolifka congratulate Gregory Bosick on his late third-quarter touchdown Saturday against Seward High School.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
"That's not to take away from Skyview, because they've got a great team," Woodward said.
Seward was able to stand up well to the early Skyview score, getting a good kick return from Jake Wilder to set up an opening drive that saw the Seahawks get deep into Panther territory. But on fourth down from the Skyview 4-yard line, Wilder was bottled up just short of the end zone, ending what would be Seward's best scoring drive of the day.
The drive pinned Skyview deep in its own territory, and the Panthers were forced to punt from their own end zone after their drive fizzled. Skyview almost got a huge break on the punt when return man Nick Spurr dropped the punt, but the referees apparently didn't see Spurr touch the ball despite getting plenty of help from the home crowd.
The play didn't hurt the Panthers, however, as the defense soon would provide a score of its own. Forced to throw following a couple big penalties, Seward quarterback Coty Beck tried to force a pass into the heart of the Skyview defensive backfield. That proved to be a mistake, as cornerback Shane Strausbaugh was there to step in front of the pass. Strausbaugh then got some key blocking en route to a 63-yard touchdown return that put the Panthers up 13-0.
"When I caught it, I knew I had the whole defense in front of me," Strausbaugh said of his big touchdown return. "They did a great job picking up the blocks."
Sheridan credited his defensive unit with largely shutting down Beck, who may be the peninsula's best passing quarterback. Beck completed 11 of his 20 passes, but also threw two interceptions and only managed 51 yards in the air.
"We've made major, major improvements in the secondary over last year," Sheridan said.
Skyview's final score of the half came after a short Seward punt combined with a good Skyview return put the Panthers in striking distance with under a minute to go. Skyview wasted little time scoring, as Strausbaugh hoisted a perfect lob that found Jeff Dolifka in the end zone. Bosick ran in the conversion to put the Panthers up 21-0 at the half.
Picking up pretty much where they left off, the Panthers needed little time to put things out of reach. After cornerback Wyatt Merritt intercepted Beck on Seward's second offensive play of the half, Bosick powered up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown run on the Panthers' first play from scrimmage.
Seward coach Woodward had nothing but praise for the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Bosick, who made a couple bone-rattling hits on defense as well as pounding the ball on offense.
"That number 33 was just a tough runner," he said.
Just over a minute later, the Skyview defense collapsed on Seward punter Dylan Beck, blocking Beck's kick and setting up the Panthers on the Seward 3-yard line.
Three plays later, Strausbaugh hit Wyatt with a 3-yard touchdown pass that put the Panthers up 33-0.
Strausbaugh added his third touchdown pass of the game near the end of the quarter, sneaking a quick shovel pass to Bosick that caught the Seward defense completely by surprise.
After the game, the senior quarterback credited the Skyview coaching staff for putting him in positions to make clutch throws.
"The coaches have really worked with me a lot on passing and reading defenses," Strausbaugh said.
Tyler Thornton knocked in a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to push the Panther advantage to 42-0.
Clark Buffington, who opened the game with a touchdown run, finished things off with a 38-yard scamper with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Panthers 49, Seahawks 0
Skyview 13 8 18 10 49
Seward 0 0 0 0 0
Sky C. Buffington 9 run (Thornton kick) 9:27
Sky Strausbaugh 63 interception return (kick failed) 1:36
Sky Dolifka 21 pass from Strausbaugh (Bosick run) :37
Sky Bosick 25 run (kick failed) 10:15
Sky Wyatt 3 pass from Strausbaugh (kick blocked) 7:34
Sky Bosick 12 pass from Strausbaugh (kick failed) :33
Sky Thornton 30 field goal 8:54
Sky C. Buffington 38 run (Thornton kick) 2:23
First downs 7 8
Rushes-yards 32-254 27-77
Passing yards 36 51
Return yards 130 (-8)
Passing 3-5-0 11-20-2
Punts-avg 1-36.0 3-29.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 7-42 14-82
Rushing Skyview: Bosick 12-114, C. Buffington 12-114, Burlison 3-12, E. Buffington 3-11, Strausbaugh 2-3. Seward: Beck 14-55, Wilder 12-22.
Passing Skyview: Strausbaugh 3-5-0-36. Seward: Beck 11-20-2-51. (comp, att, int, yards).
Receiving Skyview: Bosick 1-12, Dolifka 1-11, Merritt 1-3. Seward: Spurr 5-26, Wilder 4-19, Weber 2-6.
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