A look back: Skyview cruises to Week 1 victory

ClarkCountyToday.com reporter Paul Valencia offers his weekly update on Skyview football, including a look back at a Storm victory in week 1 and a matchup this week with one of the top teams in Washington.

Skyview Storm

A look ahead: Storm faces state’s top-ranked Class 3A team in Week 2

Week 1: Skyview 31, Sunset (Ore.) 20

Next: Eastside Catholic vs. Skyview at Kiggins Bowl, 8 p.m.

The Storm raced out to a big lead and put it in cruise control against Sunset. There will be no cruising in Week 2, though. Skyview will host Washington’s top-ranked Class 3A team, Eastside Catholic, a team that just beat one of Washington’s top 4A teams.

Cole Grossman to the house:

Skyview’s Cole Grossman returned an interception for a touchdown in his team’s Week 1 victory over Sunset (Ore.). Photo by Mike Schultz
Skyview’s Cole Grossman returned an interception for a touchdown in his team’s Week 1 victory over Sunset (Ore.). Photo by Mike Schultz

I watched the Skyview game on my computer screen over the weekend, and it looked like Cole Grossman was going to run through my screen from the end zone camera on his pick-six.

Grossman tipped a pass in the air, then gained control of it. That was the hard part. The easy part was the long run into the end zone.

Next time, Cole, smile at the camera!

Plays that stood out:

Defensive back Jovon Sewell had a solid open-field tackle to force a fourth-and-1 situation. Sunset went for it on fourth down, and the running back had the yardage for the first down, but Sewell forced a fumble that Skyview recovered.

In the third quarter, Skyview got a 10-yard run, courtesy of big No. 68. Jevon Kelly got himself a pancake block, destroying the defending while creating the hole for the big run.

Also in the third quarter, Ian O’Callaghan got a sack just by simply overpowering the Sunset offensive lineman. He had to go through the lineman to get to the quarterback, and that’s what he did.

Coach Speak:

What did Steve Kizer learn about his team from Week 1? “Max (Rose) performed well for his first start (at quarterback). Did a nice job running the team. Offensive line played real well. We’re cleaning some things up. … Front seven on defense lost contain a few times. Easily correctable. … I thought the DBs (defensive backs) played great.”

Coach’s pick for MVP on offense: Max Rose. In his debut as the starting quarterback, he went 16 for 19 with three touchdown passes. “I thought he ran the club great. I have to go with my quarterback,” Kizer said.

Coach’s pick for MVP on defense: Jovon Sewell for his tackling and solid coverage, too.

Thoughts on Week 2: “They go from the Husky Stadium locker room to the Kiggins locker room. We got that going for us,” Kizer said, referring to Eastside Catholic, a team that beat Gonzaga Prep at Husky Stadium in Week 1. “They’re a great team. I was just watching their offense. They’re pretty good. They got a pretty good factory going on out there.”

About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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