Skyview closes out the season with win over Heritage

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.Storm posted a winning season for 12th consecutive year

Skyview Storm (5-4, 2-2 4A GSHL)

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

Week 2: Eastside Catholic 49, Skyview 21

Week 3: O’Dea 38, Skyview 7

Week 4: Skyview 49, Mountain View 21

Week 5: Skyview 42, Columbia River 6

Week 6: Camas 38, Skyview 20

Week 7: Skyview 48, Battle Ground 13

Week 8: Union 43, Skyview 14

Week 9: Skyview 63, Heritage 21

The Storm had a nice end to the season after a crushing defeat in Week 8. Even though it was not a playoff season, it was a winning season.

Skyview’s Dyvon Green (7) is shown here carrying the football against Union earlier this season. The Storm offense had more than 500 yards in a season-ending win over Heritage in Week 9. Photo by Mike Schultz
Skyview’s Dyvon Green (7) is shown here carrying the football against Union earlier this season. The Storm offense had more than 500 yards in a season-ending win over Heritage in Week 9. Photo by Mike Schultz

Heart of a champion:

Don’t have to be the champions to have a heart of a champion.

The Skyview Storm feel like they blew it with a huge opportunity in Week 6 when they lost to Camas despite putting up more than 500 yards of offense on the best program in Southwest Washington history.

Then in Week 8, Union came into Kiggins Bowl and simply dominated the Storm. That ended Skyview’s long string of playoff seasons.

For a lot of teams accustomed to playing in November, having to practice and play a meaningless game in October, with nothing to look forward to, well, it had the recipe for a lackluster performance.

Instead, Skyview pride showed up.

“I’m pretty proud of the way they bounced back. It was a tough week (after losing to Union),,” Skyview coach Steve Kizer said. “But from Saturday through Friday (of Week 9) they did everything that they were supposed to do. They practiced hard. They prepared. Not a whole lot to play for, and they had a great week of practice.”

Then the Storm rushed for almost 300 yards and put up more than 500 yards of offense in the win over Heritage.

That gave Skyview a 5-4 record, which means one streak remains with the Storm: They now have 12 consecutive winning regular seasons.

MVP on offense in Week 9: Kizer went went offensive lineman Jevon Kelly. “What a great effort. Just an awesome lineman. He’s as good as anyone we’ve ever had.”

MVP on defense in Week 9: Linebacker Austin Nolan had a “heckuva game” which included having to cover wide receivers on deep passes.

Thoughts on the season: “Disappointing that we didn’t win any of the big games, neither of the two games we needed to win,” Kizer said. “That’s kind of how it goes. Frustrating, I guess.

“I don’t want to be feeling like this again.”

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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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