Skyview playoff streak snapped

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 to finish season with a matchup against Heritage

Skyview Storm (4-4, 1-2 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

Next: vs. Heritage, 4:30 p.m. Friday at McKenzie Stadium

Skyview’s run of 12 consecutive playoff runs has come to an and, but now the Storm are hoping to finish strong, to finish with a winning season.

A dozen years of 10 or more games:

Skyview receiver Tavis Pinkney (6) attempts to escape a Union defender in Friday’s loss to the Titans at Kiggins Bowl. Pinkney had 10 catches for 140 yards. Photo by Mike Schultz
Skyview receiver Tavis Pinkney (6) attempts to escape a Union defender in Friday’s loss to the Titans at Kiggins Bowl. Pinkney had 10 catches for 140 yards. Photo by Mike Schultz

The regular season is nine games in high school football. Skyview, though, had been able to play at least 10 games for 12 consecutive seasons.

That impressive run did not start out with a great season. Just a good-enough season. In Steve Kizer’s second year as head coach in 2005, the Storm went 3-3 in league play to qualify for the Week 10 state qualifier playoff game. Skyview would lose that one and finish 3-7 that season.

Things were looking up, with those three league wins, but no one at the time could have foreseen the next 11 seasons of excellence.

In 2006, the Storm started 11-0 before falling in the state quarterfinals. That was the start of 11 consecutive winning regular seasons. (The Storm went 5-4 in 2007, lost the Week 10 playoff to finish 5-5. Every other season has been an overall winning record.)

In 2009, the Storm reached the Class 4A state semifinals.

In 2011, the Storm made it to the Class 4A state championship game.

And in 2016, Skyview again reached the state semifinals.

The playoff streak has ended, but the Storm do have something to play for this Friday against Heritage. A win would give them 12 consecutive winning regular seasons.

Skyview’s best sequence:

Not much went Skyview’s way Friday against Union, but the Storm gave themselves a chance with a two-minute offense at the end of the first half.

Quarterback Max Rose completed four passes for 68 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Cole Grossman on the final play of the first half. Tavis Pinkney caught two passes for 48 yards to set up the score.

That made it 22-7 at the half. Skyview got the ball first in the second half, too. Unfortunately for the Storm, an early turnover doomed any possibility of a comeback.

Numbers:

Skyview running back Jalynnee McGee rushed for 112 yards on 15 carries. Rose ended up with 236 yards passing. Pinkney had 10 catches for 140 yards.

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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