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Week 1: Skyview looks for better days ahead with more experience

Storm give up 45 points in Week 1 loss

Adding up the total starts for the Skyview Storm heading into the 2018 season does not take advanced math skills nor much time.

Yaroslav Duvalko threw five touchdown passes in his debut as the starting quarterback at Skyview. Photo by Mike Schultz
Yaroslav Duvalko threw five touchdown passes in his debut as the starting quarterback at Skyview. Photo by Mike Schultz

Skyview coach Steve Kizer said it’s a total of eight. Six starts from one player, plus two other players got one start each last season.

That’s it.

And that inexperience showed Friday in the first game of the season, the coach said.

Still, this is the big week right now, the week in between the first and second games. This is the week many coaches say is the best opportunity for improvement.

The coaches really get to see what they’ve got, by going over the video, and they start making adjustments.

Oh, and now all those other players have a start. Just like that, they have varsity experience. Next week, they will get more.

Skyview Storm 0-1

Week 1: Yelm 45, Skyview 41

Next: at Columbia River, 7 p.m.

Plus, Kizer said, there were many good things he saw despite the 45-41 loss to Yelm.

“I was pretty proud of the way we battled. The guys will battle. Proud of the way we fought,” Kizer said.

In fact, Skyview trailed 24-7 in this game but managed to take the lead twice in the second half.

Yaroslav Duvalko threw five touchdown passes and almost hit the 400-yard mark.

“For a first-year starting quarterback he had a great night,” Kizer said.

For a third-year starting quarterback, that’s a great night.

“I like the way he stayed even-keeled and showed great leadership,” Kizer said. “That was a real positive for everybody.”

The Storm will be working on ball security this week, and for the rest of the season. They were minus-4 in the turnover category.

“We know how to fix that,” Kizer said.

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