Skyview gridders fall short in Kodiak

Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Skyview High School football team came up just short Saturday in Kodiak, dropping a 22-14 Northern Lights Conference game to the Bears.

Trailing by eight points and with the Bears backed up against their own goal line, Skyview quarterback Shane Strausbaugh tried for the quarterback sneak but was stopped just shy of the end zone as time expired.

Skyview had moved the ball all the way to the Kodiak 2-yard line on three big passing plays, two to Jeff Dolifka and one to Wyatt Merritt.

Skyview took an early lead as Clark Buffington scampered in for a 6-yard score and Tyler Thornton converted the extra point in the first quarter.

Kodiak took an 8-7 lead at the half on a 10-yard pass from Stuart McFarland to Max Merick and a two-point conversion run by Michael Odell.

Odell added a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter, but Skyview pulled back to within two points on a 3-yard touchdown run by Strausbaugh and a Thornton extra point in the fourth quarter.

Kodiak scored one more touchdown on a 4-yard run by Clyde Valdez, but Skyview held on the two-point conversion attempt, giving the Panthers one more shot at tying up the game.

Kodiak Daily Mirror sports editor Jeff Benzak provided information for this report.

Bears 22, Panthers 14

Skyview 7 0 0 7 —14

Kodiak 0 8 8 6 —22

1st Quarter

Sky — C. Buffington 6 run (Thornton kick)

2nd Quarter

Kod — Merick 10 pass from McFarland (Odell run)

3rd Quarter

Kod — Odell 1 run (Odell run)

4th Quarter

Sky — Strausbaugh 3 run (Thornton kick)

Kod — Valdez 4 run (rush failed)

Skyview Kodiak

First downs 19 15

Rushes-yards 42-166 45-140

Passing yards 86 108

Return yards 70 82

Passing 5-14-0 9-23-0

Punts-avg 3-30.0 3-34.0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2

Penalties-yards 7-45 6-65


Rushing — Skyview: Bosick 17-75, C. Buffington 9-50, E. Buffington 6-39, Strausbaugh 10-40. Kodiak: Odell 27-110, McFarland 9-14, Valdez 3-8, Peterson 1-8.

Passing — Skyview: Strausbaugh 5-14-0—86. Kodiak: McFarland 9-23-0—106, Odell 1-2-0—2.

Receiving — Skyview: Bosick 1-2, Dolifka 3-59, Merritt 1-25. Kodiak: Valdez 4-70, Odell 2-21, Merick 2-15, Peterson 1-2.

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