Skyview football breaks through to best season ever, first state final

rroberts@idahostatesman.comNovember 20, 2013 

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Skyview's Jaxon Pryor runs the ball against Jerome during the 4A state semifinal football game in Nampa on Friday, November 15, 2013.

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  • Prep football state championships

    5A

    Friday: Highland (11-0) vs. Coeur d’Alene (8-3) at Kibbie Dome, Moscow, 8 p.m. MST

    4A

    Friday: Skyview (10-1) vs. Bishop Kelly (11-0), Bronco Stadium, approximately 7:30 p.m.

    3A

    Saturday: Fruitland (10-1) vs. Shelley (10-1) at Holt Arena, Pocatello, 2:30 p.m.

    2A

    Saturday: West Side (10-1) vs. Declo (9-2) at Holt Arena, Pocatello, 5:30 p.m.

    1A DIVISION I

    Saturday: Troy (11-0) vs. Hagerman (12-0) at Holt Arena, Pocatello, noon

    1A DIVISION II

    Friday: Salmon River (11-0) vs. Council (9-2), Bronco Stadium, 5 p.m.

    COMING THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY — COMPLETE STATE FOOTBALL COVERAGE IN THE STATESMAN AND AT IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

— Skyview High football coach David Young had his house toilet papered earlier this year, and he’s got a good idea who’s to blame.

When it comes to practical jokes, his 2013 Hawks are the most playful group he’s had in his 11 seasons at the Nampa school.

As good as they are at joking around, they’re even better at football.

“Every senior class has their own characteristics and personalities, and the personalities in this senior class are very dynamic,” Young said. “They’re big, they’re little, they’re just all over the place. ... But at the same time, the game of football is important to them, and the way they play the game of football is important to them.”

The Hawks (10-1) are in the midst of their best season in program history, and it could get even better when they take on 4A Southern Idaho Conference rival Bishop Kelly (11-0) in the state championship game at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bronco Stadium.

“We’ve come so far; we can’t turn back now,” strong safety Tim Mohlke said. “With the great opportunity set before us, and for a lot of us it’s our last opportunity, it’s definitely something that we really want.”

The Hawks have already proven they’re capable of setting new standards for Skyview football.

Young and his team chose the mantra “Break Through” at the start of the season, inspired by the desire to get past the state semifinals for the first time in program history. Leading up to last week’s 61-25 rout of Jerome in the semifinals, there were plenty of smaller goals the Hawks accomplished throughout the course of the season.

Skyview got all-white uniforms last season, but never won in them. The Hawks checked that off the list with a victory at Kuna on Sept. 13. Then they took down Nampa 28-0 on Oct. 18 for their first win at Bulldog Bowl since 2005.

The Hawks also are on pace to break a number of team records — including total yards, passing yards, and total points — and they are the first team in program history to win 10 games.

“We are really comfortable around each other, and we really mesh well,” senior defensive end Travis Haynes said. “I think that has a lot to do with how we play on the field. We’re really comfortable and really trust each and every player on the team. It kind of translates into success.”

As the first team to advance to the state championship, the 2013 Hawks have already written their names in the Skyview record books, but there is still one game left on the schedule.

“Breaking through to the state championship is something that can never be taken away from them. To be that first class to make it to the state championship, that’s a big deal and that’s going to be a part of their legacy,” Young said.

“Records and those other things, they’re going to want those at the end of the day to be part of their legacy also, but you don’t want the records without the trophy if you can help it. We’re definitely not done.”

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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