High school football: Sky View Bobcats 2020 preview

Note: Sky View finished with a 13-1 overall record in 2019 and was first in Region 11 with a 5-0 record. It was RPI seed No. 2 in the 4A playoffs and defeated Park City 35-0 in championship.

SMITHFIELD — Over the past three years, Sky View’s football program has changed the narrative about school splits. Typically when a new school opens, it naturally dilutes the talent at the older school, which then takes several years to recover.

That hasn’t happened at all at Sky View. In the three years since Green Canyon split off, Sky View has posted a combined 34-3 record and a combined 15-0 record in region play.

Last year it culminated in a dominant run to the first state championship in school history. History could very well repeat itself in 2020.

Sky View returns six starters on offense, including first-team all-state QB Kason Carlsen, and seven starters on defense.

Carlsen had a great junior season racking up over 2,600 yards of total offense and 42 total touchdowns, but Sky View coach Chris Howell believes he can be even better offensively this year.

Carlsen didn’t take over as starting quarterback until Week 5 last year, but he’s known it was his job all summer and the sky is the limit for his potential.

A year ago the Bobcats ranked third in 4A scoring offense averaging 38.9 ppg, and with three returning starters on the offensive line, similar production is expected again.

Defense could be where this team truly shines. Sky View led 4A in scoring defense last season and only allowed 10.8 ppg, and seven of those primary contributors are back. It finished the season with six shutouts, including blanking Park City 35-0 in the championship game.

Sky View Bobcats at a glance

Howell’s thoughts on how his players dealt the COVID-19 adversity in the spring and summer:

“We had really good leadership, kids who had kind of been to the mountain top who know what it took to get there, and I think they did a really good job of helping some of our other guys along with our at-home workouts and those type of things. Now that we’re through with our summer stuff, we had the best attendance I’ve ever had as a team for an entire summer. Just the consistency, the work ethic, all of those things were just outstanding.”

Sky View offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Perry Christensen

2019 offense: 38.9 ppg (Third in 4A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Six returning starters
  • 3-4 offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Kason Carlsen (QB)
  • Evan Hall (OT)
  • Ty McPhie (C)
  • Walter Collins (RB)
  • Trey Nyman (WR)
  • Bracken Schumann (OT)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Truman Moser (RB)
  • Reed Wilde (RB)
  • Isaac Larsen (WR)
  • Luke Radford (TE)
  • Daxxon Dehek (OG)
Howell’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“One of our huge keys is we have a ton of weapons, and I think the ability to spread the ball around and share the ball will be really important for us cause if we do that I think we’re going to be really hard to defend. I also think that Walter Collins and Kason Carlsen were two of our primary ball carriers outside of Mason last year, and I think with our depth at running back, this year our ability to keep Walter healthy and Kason healthy are going to be really important.”

Sky View Defensive Snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Chris Howell

2019 defense: 10.8 ppg (First in 4A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Seven returning starters
  • 3-4 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Titan Saxton (DB)
  • Hunter Lewis (LB)
  • Walter Collins (LB)
  • Sam Thatcher (DB)
  • Peija Prom (DB)
  • Bracken Schumann (DL)
  • Evan Hall (DL)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Isaac Larsen (DB)
  • Kimball Jackson (LB)
  • Luke Radford (LB)
  • Thor Griffin (LB)
  • Cole Watterson (S)
  • Davis Hall (S)
Howell’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“We moved Titan Saxton, who was an all-state corner last year, to free safety, and he’s going to replace Scout Morris. He has very similar instincts to Scout and I think his ability to adapt to that safety position and tackle well is going to be key. Both of our safeties were seniors, and all-state kids, and we’re going to rotate a couple juniors at strong safety, and I think their play is going to be critical as well. We have so many people returning at other spots, that for me is the real question mark.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

There are only a handful of programs each season that can say anything less than a state championship is a disappointment, and Sky View is certainly one of those programs. Even though it must replace dynamic 4A MVP Mason Falslev, Sky View should easily be able to absorb the loss with a strong contingent of skill position players, a dynamic quarterback, a great offensive line and a superb defense. Assuming the players maintain an even-keeled approach to the season a repeat state championship is very attainable.

Felt’s Facts for Sky View

  • All-time record: 294-257-8 (56 years)

  • Region championships: 10 (1969, 1972, 1979 co, 1982, 2006, 2007 co, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Playoff appearances: 28
  • All-time playoff record: 19-27
  • State championships: 1 (2019)
  • State championship record: 1-1

  • Most played rivalry: 58 meetings with Logan dating back to 1964. Logan leads 32-26.

Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 13-1 (5-0 in Region 11 — 4A champions)
  • 2018 — 10-1 (5-0 in Region 12 — 4A quarterfinals)
  • 2017 — 11-1 (5-0 in Region 12 — 4A semifinals)
  • 2016 — 6-4 (4-2 in Region 1 — 5A first round)
  • 2015 — 12-1 (6-0 in Region 1 — 5A semifinals)

Sky View coaching history

  • 2019-current — Christopher Howell (13-1)
  • 2017-2018 — Danilo Robinson (21-2)
  • 2005-2016 — Craig Anhder (90-46)

  • 2004 — Dan Cox (4-7)

  • 1999-2003 — Perry Christiansen (17-34)

  • 1993-1998 — Doug Snow (19-36)

  • 1990-1992 — Bill Brechler (12-16)

  • 1983-1989 — Jan Hall (27-41)

  • 1981-1982 — Jack Robinson (16-4)

  • 1978-1980 — Doug Adams (9-19)

  • 1968-1977 — Earl Lindley (58-30-3)

  • 1964-1967 — Glen Oliverson (8-21-5)

All-state history

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
  • 2019 — Mason Falslev, ATH
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2019 —Kason Carlsen, QB
  • 2019 — Justice Ena, OT
  • 2019 — Hunter Larsen, OG
  • 2019 — Titan Saxton, CB
  • 2019 — Traeson Martindale, S
  • 2019 — Scout Morris, S
  • 2018 — Caleb Christensen, ATH
  • 2017 — Caleb Christensen, CB
  • 2017 — Koebe Wilson, DE
  • 2016 — Riley Haderlie, MLB
  • 2015 — Bryce Mortenson, WR
  • 2015 — Max Christensen, DL
  • 2015 — Alex McRae, DB
  • 2014 — Isaac Herrmann, RB
  • 2013 — Seth White, OL

  • 2012 — Nelson Griffiths, K



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