NAMPA It wasnt always pretty but Friday nights 4A Southern Idaho Conference season opener was as advertised a knockdown, drag-out battle between two teams with state championship aspirations.
In a game defined by big plays, Bishop Kelly made the two biggest, propelling the visiting Knights to a 14-10 victory over Skyview.
The first game-changing play a spectacular 34-yard TD catch by senior Robby Degen put BK ahead early in the fourth quarter.
The second, an interception by Spencer King, sealed the victory, halting a promising Skyview drive at the BK 30 with less than a minute remaining.
We knew it was going to be a battle, BK coach Tim Brennan said. Im pleased with the kids effort. We were just fortunate to make one more play than them tonight.
Points were difficult to come by as the teams combined for 10 punts, six turnovers and a missed field goal.
After a scoreless first quarter, Bishop Kelly broke through at 5:39 of the second when senior quarterback Bowen Ogata hit tight end Nick Kuzio up the seam for a 25-yard touchdown.
Skyview tied the game just before halftime as senior quarterback Anthony Marin launched a sideline bomb to receiver Hagen Graves for a 55-yard touchdown strike.
Graves, playing his first game for the Hawks after transferring from Fruitland, made another big play in the third quarter, picking off Ogata to set up Tim Mohlkes 31-yard field goal and a 10-7 Skyview lead.
But Ogata and the Knights struck back in the fourth when Degen a starting defensive back used sparingly on offense wrestled away a jump ball in the corner of the end zone.
Im proud of him, Ogata said of Degen. We needed a spark, and I just threw it up there and he went and got it. It was a huge play for us.
Skyview put together a spirited drive in the final minutes, converting on fourth-and-nine after facing third-and-22. The Hawks were rolling and within striking distance of the end zone when King alertly stepped in front of a Marin screen pass and sealed the victory.
They had been running that play a lot, King said. I could kind of tell it was coming, so I put myself in position and the ball came right to me.
Ogata threw for 170 yards without his top receiver, Turner Simmons, who sat out with an injury.
Senior tailback Jaxon Pryor rushed for 104 yards, and Marin threw for 191 to lead Skyview.