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Sky View hands Homecoming heartbreak to Logan High

September 26th, 2009 Posted in Sports

By Dan Fawson

LOGAN — Why can’t every week be homecoming? After winning their own in dominating fashion last week, Sky View went on the road Friday night and spoiled homecoming for valley rival Logan. In a thrilling back-and-forth tilt, Brock Warren’s 33-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter gave the Bobcats the go-ahead score en route to a 30-27 victory over the Grizzlies.

The Logan defense, which went into the contest giving up an average of 47 points per game, kept a potent Sky View offense in check for over 50 minutes, but ultimately fell short to do-it-all Bobcat quarterback Kyler Carlsen. Carlsen, a three-year senior starter, carried the ball 33 times for a career-high 219 rushing yards, accounted for all four Bobcat touchdowns, and came up big in the passing game when his team needed it most.

After the Logan offense put together a game-tying touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter, capped off by senior quarterback Tyler Steven’s quarterback sneak into the endzone from one yard out, Carlsen wasted little time in putting the Bobcats back on top. Starting deep on their own side of the field, Carlsen hooked up over the middle with tight end Brad Lenkensdorfer for a 74-yard gain, putting the Bobcats in position for Warren’s game-winning field goal.

A last gasp effort from the Grizzlies on the ensuing drive came up short when Stevens threw deep over the middle and was intercepted at midfield by Sky View’s Colton Arave.

While the Bobcat offense seemed content for the majority of the night to keep the ball on the ground, Lenkensdorfer’s game-changing reception was one of a handful of big plays coming off the arm of Carlsen. Finding themselves in terrible field position for most of the first half, Carlsen twice capped off lengthy touchdown drives with deep scoring strikes over the top of the Grizzly defense. In the first quarter Carlsen answered an early Logan touchdown with a 33-yard strike to Blake McKinley, and followed it up with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Hunt midway through the second quarter.

Carlsen twice led the team back from touchdown deficits, once on the touchdown pass to McKinley, and the second coming on a 15-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that put the Bobcats ahead, 21-20. Carlsen followed with his second rushing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, extending the Bobcat lead to seven, and setting the stage for the dramatic finish.

The heart-breaking Grizzly loss overshadowed tremendous performances from Stevens and wide receiver Billy Phillips. Stevens’ went 30-50 threw the air for 320 yards and three touchdowns, while running for Logan’s other score. Philips accounted for more than half of those yards, hauling in ten receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

With the win the Bobcats moved to 2-0 in Region 5 play, and keep themselves in a first place tie a top the standings with arch-rival Mountain Crest. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, fall to 0-2 in region play and are dangerously close to falling out of contention for one of the three State Playoff berths given to Region 5 teams.
Both teams will take a break from region play in the coming week. The Bobcats, in consequence of UEA weekend, will play host to 5A Kearns, Wednesday night, while the Grizzlies will travel down to Salt Lake City for a Friday night tilt against Judge Memorial.

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