For every action there is an equal and opposing reaction.
Sir Isaac Newton may have not had football in mind when he penned this law of motion, but Skyview proved it applies to the gridiron. After being held to just 4 all-purpose yards in a 36-0 loss to Kenai Central last week, the host Panthers responded with a 74-14 dismantling of Service's junior varsity team on Friday. Skyview improves to 1-1 overall and remains 0-1 in the Northern Lights Conference.
"I'm pretty happy with the execution," Panthers head coach Eric Pomerleau said. "It was nice to see what our offense can do."
Skyview's line was much improved from the Kenai game, Pomerleau said. All five offensive linemen were on the same page, he said.
"It really comes down to our offensive line, and they've been coming around," Pomerleau said. "They're really the key to our team."
Wide receiver Richard Reynolds, who led Skyview with three touchdown receptions, agreed.
"They deserve most of the credit for the win," he said. "The blocking was great today. Our snaps were looking a lot better."
Quarterback Jordan Jones also praised his linemen. Jones threw for 164 yards and five touchdowns.
"I'd have to give it up to the line," he said. "The pass protection was really good."
SkyHi was more prepared in Week 2, Jones said.
"Last week was an eye-opener," he said. "I think we were more ready this week."
"You can't change the schedule. That was Week 1 and this is Week 2," Pomerleau said. "We're still growing as a team. We weren't as far along as a defending state champion."
Pomerleau said the Panthers' playing level will continue to rise as the season progresses.
Skyview was frustrated with its performance against the Kards, wide receiver Albert White said.
"We wanted to show we could come to play," he said.
On offense, White said the team had one goal: "We just wanted to score."
On defense, heart and intensity were key, White said. "We were just flying to the ball."
Cody Williams complemented Jones' brilliance through the air with his running game. Williams rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Freshman Brandon Rice ran for 102 yards and two scores.
Skyview's defense also contributed on the scoreboard. The Panthers picked off Service quarterback CJ Toomer three times, running two back for touchdowns. Vlad Ferderer ran back a 50-yard pick six in the second quarter only to be trumped by White's 99-yard interception return in the third.
"After I caught it, I just wanted to score," White said. "I just wanted to run my hardest."
Once he crossed the goal line, White comprehended what just happened.
"I realized that I just ran pretty far," he said. "I was excited."
The Panthers gained a 20-0 advantage through the first 12 minutes. A blocked punt set up White's first touchdown of the game. With good field position, five consecutive runs by Williams put the Panthers on the Cougars' 10-yard line. On third-and-goal, Jones connected with White over the middle for the game's first score midway through the first quarter.
Jordan McNamera recovered a muffed snap by Service's punter in the end zone to give Skyview a 14-0 lead. Reynolds found the end zone on a 21-yard pass from Jones 1:12 later.
Reynolds scored again just over a minute into the second quarter. He pulled in a 19-yard strike from Jones down the left sideline near the pylon.
"Jordan was just on fire," Reynolds said. "He put the ball in my arms every time."
Toomer hit Nikolas Butler with a 7-yard pass for Service's first touchdown at the 9:58 mark of the second quarter. Ferderer's interception runback came five minutes later.
The Cougars looked poised to score just before halftime but a goal-line stand by Skyview prevented them from doing so. On a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, SkyHi's Nick Symonds dropped Toomer for a 4-yard loss. An incomplete pass on the next snap forced a turnover on downs and the Panthers took a 34-6 halftime lead to the locker room.
Skyview added five touchdowns in the third quarter. Williams started the 34-point scoring spree with a 32-yard touchdown run. McNamera pulled in a 17-yard pass from Jones for his second trip to the end zone less than two minutes later. After White's 99-yard dash, Jones and Reynolds hooked up for a third time on a 47-yard strike.
Service's Jasper Hedstrom scored on a 23-yard run with 1:33 to play in the third. But the scoring wasn't done yet. Rice escaped for a 42-yard touchdown run as time expired. He added another touchdown on a 9-yard run with 7:21 to play in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Panthers 74, Cougars 14
Service 0 6 8 0 -- 14
Skyview 20 14 34 6 -- 74
Skyview -- White 10 pass from Jones (Ferderer kick), 5:53
Skyview -- McNamera fumble recovery (Ferderer kick), 3:15
Skyview -- Reynolds 21 pass from Jones (kick failed), 2:03
Skyview -- Reynolds 19 pass from Jones (Ferderer kick), 10:48
Service -- Butler 7 pass from Toomer (pass failed), 9:58
Skyview -- Ferderer 50 interception return (Ferderer kick), 4:58
Skyview -- Williams 32 run (Ferderer kick), 9:55
Skyview -- McNamera 17 pass from Jones (Ferderer kick), 8:13
Skyview -- White 99 interception return (kick failed), 6:51
Skyview -- Reynolds 47 pass from Jones (Ferderer kick), 3:55
Service -- Hedstrom 23 run (pass good), 1:33
Skyview -- Rice 42 run (Ferderer kick), 0:00
Skyview -- Rice 9 run (kick failed), 7:21
First downs 11 9
Rushes-yards 26-140 25-220
Comp-att-int 12-30-3 8-13-0
Passing yards 130 164
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties 11-70 14-106
Punts-avg 3-12 1-30
Rushing: Service: Daniels 14-85, Williamson 1-4, Toomer 5-(-5), Hedstrom 5-51, McCandless 1-5; Skyview: Williams 12-132, Jones 1-(-2), White 1-6, Rice 8-102, Kirk 1-(-1), No. 3 1-(-15), Howell 1-(-2).
Passing: Service: Toomer 12-29-3-131, Hill 0-1-0-0; Skyview: Jones 8-13-0-164.
Receiving: Service: Butler 3-29, Turney 3-49, Daniels 3-(-2), Hill 1-42, Hedstrom 1-13; Skyview: White 1-10, Reynolds 4-96, Symonds 1-12, McNamera 2-46.
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