HYRUM — Mountain Crest's quarterback situation was entirely too convoluted Friday night to have any hope of competing against Sky View's stout defense.
The Bobcats exploited the Mustangs' makeshift three-quarterback rotation with a convincing 28-0 victory, a win that vaulted the Bobcats into a tie atop the Region 5 standings with Mountain Crest with one week remaining in the regular season.
"We haven't finished anything yet; we have a game next week against a really good team," said Sky View coach Craig Anhder. "But as of right now it puts us in a position to have a shot."
Mountain Crest's misery began last week, during its bye week ironically enough, when starting quarterback Ethen Lofthouse went down with a hip flexor injury. He's out until at least the second or third week of the state tournament.
It went from bad to worse for Mountain Crest in the first quarter Friday as back-up Jason Ellis injured his ankle. Desperate to get anything going, Mountain Crest tried a freshman — who was sacked twice — and a fourth stringer — who fumbled the ball twice early in the third quarter.
Predictably, Sky View's defense feasted on the mess forcing four turnovers in its first in Hyrum since 1987.
"I got to be honest, I wish Lofthouse was here. I know it would've been a totally different game," said Anhder. "I feel for Lofthouse, I never like to see any kid hurt, but yeah it definitely had an impact on the game. They couldn't get into a rhythm with their quarterback."
Despite the lopsided final score, Mountain Crest was still very much in the game only down 7-0 at the half. Things didn't begin to unravel until Mountain Crest rested the hobbling back-up and the freshman in favor of the fourth stringer.
He fumbled the ball on his first snap, and two plays later Falslev hobbled his way into the endzone from 10 yards out upping Sky View's lead to 14-0. Even though Falslev was also playing with an injury sustained in the first quarter, he insisted it wasn't a big deal as the junior tailback finished with 50 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Falslev helped Sky View capitalized on another Mountain Crest turnover midway through the third quarter on a 30-yard halfback touchdown pass to Brandt Reese.
"I was pretty excited," said Falslev. "We'd been working on it all week, and I knew if I saw that outside guy come up, I knew we had it. So I just threw it, and luckily he got it."
Leading 21-0 at that point, Sky View milked the clock and added a late touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Kyler Carlsen to Kyle Allen to seal the victory.
Amid all the turnovers, perhaps the biggest play of the game occurred with five minutes remaining in the first quarter. With the Bobcats facing a third and seven deep in their own territory, Carlsen connected with McKade Brady on a 69-yard pass right over the middle. Sky View finished the drive off five plays later on a three-yard TD run by Brayden Compton and the defense did the rest.
"Our defense did an amazing job. It starts with our defense. They got those turnovers, and we just did our job tonight," said Falslev.