David Young doesn’t ask athletes at Skyview High to specialize. As the head football coach in the fall and the varsity track and field coach in the spring, Young says many of his players have benefited from being multi-sport athletes.
Nine of Skyview’s 11 offensive starters ran track for Young, and he expects the quickness they perfected on the track to translate into better speed on the field.
“We have guys who are performing at high levels in other sports, too,” Young said. “... That experience from other sports will transfer. It’s just going to be a matter of time.”
Varsity experience on the football field is at a premium for the Hawks, who have just 13 seniors on their roster.
Young anticipates he will start as many as 15 juniors as the Hawks try for their sixth consecutive state playoff appearance.
Senior running back Cody Ghighina will take the reins on offense as one of five returners. If he stays healthy, he’ll be in the running for the 4A SIC’s offensive player of the year after rushing for nearly 1,600 yards last season.
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Players to watch
CODY GHIGHINA, RB
The returning first-team All-Idaho running back carried the Hawks offensively last season, rushing for 1,596 yards and 17 TDs. The senior’s breakaway speed makes him a home-run threat every time he touches the ball.
TREVER HATCH, WR/OLB
One of three returning linebackers for the Hawks, the senior totaled 27 tackles and caught nine passes for 174 yards and four TDs.
TAYLOR COPELAND, RB/ILB
The senior racked up 55 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks last season. He will back up Ghighina on offense.
JACOB HIBBARD, QB
Also a standout for the Hawks in basketball and baseball, the 6-4, 180-pound senior steps into a starting role at quarterback.