Bishop Kelly, Skyview to play for state title

sports@idahostatesman.comNovember 16, 2013 

Bishop Kelly outlasts Century in double OT

POCATELLO — Here is the honest truth: By the time the second overtime rolled around, everyone in Holt Arena was nervous.

That feeling must have been multiplied 1,000 times for the football players on the field.

Bishop Kelly quarterback Bowen Ogata threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Luke Meyers, and Tyler Allumbaugh’s extra-point kick gave the Knights a 27-26 double-overtime victory against Century in the 4A state semifinals Friday night.

“It was really nerve-wracking. I don’t know what happened. It was just crazy,” Ogata said. “Freak stuff happened, but we knew that we had to make a play to win, and I think we did a good job doing that. Luke made a great catch in the end zone.

“It was awesome. I can’t believe we won like that. That’s the way I want to win.”

Bishop Kelly will face 4A Southern Idaho Conference rival Skyview in the state title game next weekend in Boise. A site or date has not been announced. Bishop Kelly won the regular-season meeting 14-10 at Skyview.

“It’s great. We’re excited. It’s a good win,” Bishop Kelly linebacker Cole Oliver said. “But we’ve got to move on to the next week. You can’t live too much in the past.”

Century had its turn to match or better BK’s touchdown in the second overtime. The Diamondbacks scored on a 3-yard run by senior Bradyn Gunter, and then opted for a timeout before attempting the extra point.

Century went for the win-or-lose-big gamble, but quarterback Shane Rominger’s two-point conversion pass was batted down by Conner Charles to end the game.

“That was a great, great high school football game and I am just so proud of our kids for playing for 48 — well, longer than 48 minutes,” Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said. “Century is a very good football team, and we knew that coming in. Our kids battled, and battled and battled and we got it done.”

Bishop Kelly (11-0) led 20-13 after three quarters, but Century (7-4) tied the game at 20-20 with 49 seconds remaining in regulation.

BK was unable to make anything happen in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime. Century got the ball first in OT, during which each team gets one possession to try and score or make a field goal from 10 yards out.

BK held Century on its first three tries, and the Diamondbacks missed a 19-yard field-goal attempt.

The Knights weren’t able to convert on their three plays either, and a fumble on the snap for a field-goal try sent the game into a second OT.

“For years I’ve been playing catch with my brother on the front lawn just to make those corner catches and just to be clutch,” said Meyers, who finished with 51 receiving yards and three touchdowns. “I owe all my skills to my teammates and my family because they’ve always been there for me, pushing me.”

— Rachel Roberts / Idaho Statesman

Skyview soars past Jerome in semifinals

NAMPA — All season long, the rallying cry of the Skyview High football team has been “Break Through.”

The Hawks fulfilled that mantra Friday night, crushing Jerome 61-25 to advance to the first state champion­ship game in program history.

Senior quarterback Anthony Marin threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns, and senior receiver Hagen Graves scored four TDs for Skyview (10-1), which plays Bishop Kelly for the 4A title next weekend.

“We just have one more step to go, and that’s winning the state championship,” Marin said. “None of us have been there before, so it’s going to be a little bit like riding a new bull, but hopefully we’ll hang on and enjoy the ride.”

Skyview controlled the semifinal from the opening kickoff, which was bobbled by Jerome’s Eduardo Vega. As Vega tried to escape the Skyview coverage team, Garrett Smith buried him behind the goal line for a safety, staking the Hawks to a 2-0 lead.

Marin then began picking apart the Jerome defense. His 26-yard TD pass to Graves got the ball rolling on a night where he would complete 76 percent of his passes, including 11 straight at one point.

“That safety set the tone,” Marin said. “When I threw that first ball to Hagen, I knew we had a chance to take control of the game right there in the first minute.”

After a Jerome touchdown, Skyview reeled off 24 unanswered points. Tim Mohlke booted a 30-yard field goal, Jaxon Pryor scored on a 2-yard run and Marin tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to senior Ryan Bertrand for a 26-7 halftime lead.

The Hawks opened the third quarter by driving the length of the field for a TD on Marin’s 14-yard pass to Holton Hyde. Graves took it from there, scoring on a 58-yard end-around run, a 37-yard bomb from Marin and an incredible, zig-zagging 46-yard catch-and-run to put the game away. “We were just waiting for (Jerome) to bring more guys into the box to stop the run,” Graves said. “Once they did that, we knew we could attack the coverage.”

Graves finished with seven catches for 151 yards. He also had an interception.

“He’s a great playmaker,” Marin said. “He just goes up and gets the ball every time.”

Pryor added 78 yards and two TDs on the ground for Skyview. And while the Hawks’ No. 1-rated offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense was domina­ting, holding Jerome (6-5) to zero net rushing yards and intercepting Tigers’ QB Zach Thibault three times.

The end result was a 10th consecutive win for coach David Young’s Hawks — yet another first for the program.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “It’s been a long road and a lot of hard work over the years. Finally, we broke through. The class of 2013 got it done.”

— Jordan Rodriguez / Special to the Idaho Statesman

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