SMITHFIELD – The Sky View yardage-gaining machine dominated the Orem defense in its special golden uniforms for a 29 — 6 homecoming victory.
The Bobcat defense also played well, limiting Orem to just one touchdown which came just before the first half ended. The Tigers marched the ball from deep in their own territory, and senior runningback Josiah Tiatia finished it off with a 2 yard run leaving the score was 19 – 6 at intermission.
"Except for one drive I'm really pleased with (our defense)," Anhder said, "I'm interested to see the total yards."
Sky View controlled the tempo virtually from the very beginning, led by senior quarterback Gabe Anderson, who scored four touchdowns, rushing for two of them.
Along with his prowess scrambling, Anderson used several other weapons Friday. He connected with senior wideout Brady Martin and senior tight end Dan Corbell most often for big yardage plays. He threw a lofty 74 yard touchdown pass to Martin in the first quarter, and a 17 yarder to Corbell for the score in the second.
Anderson's final touchdown came in the third quarter when he started a drive from his own 34 yard line, scrambling for large gains and eventually capping it off with a five yard draw. Backup quarterback Jason Oliverson connected with Garth Jolley on the following two point conversion to make it 27 – 6.
Anhder was pleased with the way his quarterback commanded the offense.
"Every week he is improving," said Anhder, who's Bobcats gained its first victory of the season Friday against three losses.
Sky View defensive lineman Colby Villanueva also turned in a notable performance. Aside from helping his fellow "big-uglies" keep pressure on the opposing quarterback, he managed a sack for a safety in the fourth quarter.
"A lot of times it seemed like (Orem) were going backwards," said Anhder,
The loss brings drops Orem's to 1 – 3 facing one of the best teams in the state next week at home in Timpview.
Sky View opens region play next week at Box Elder, currently 2 – 2.
Overall, Anhden was happy with the Sky View Bobcats Friday.
"Every week we're improving. I feel really good," said Andhen, "It's nice to get the 'W'."