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High school football: 4A championship preview, Sky View vs. Park City

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No. 2 Sky View (11-1) vs. No. 1 Park City (13-0)

4A state tournament championship

Friday, 11 a.m. (At Rice-Eccles Stadium)

Parry’s Power Guide: Sky View by 13

All-time series: Park City leads 1-0

Coach vs. coach: This is the first meeting between Sky View’s Chris Howell and Park City’s Josh Montzingo

Last meeting: Park City 15, Sky View 14 (2018 quarterfinals)

SALT LAKE CITY — Don’t call it a revenge game, even if it kind of is.

When the Park City Miners and the Sky View Bobcats face off Friday morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 4A state championship game, it’ll be the first matchup between the teams since the Miners went to Smithfield in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament and upset the Bobcats.

That game and the result have not disappeared from memory.

“Yeah, it’s deep in the heart,” Sky View safety Scout Morris admitted.

“It would really suck to lose again,” added outside linebacker Jacob Zollinger. 

As Sky View head coach Chris Howell put it, “The kids are definitely excited. This is who they wanted to play. It is certainly important that it is Park City, for sure.”

And yet, Howell, Morris and Zollinger all emphasized that the game means more than simple revenge. It is the state championship game after all, and Sky View has a chance to make program history. No group of Bobcats’ has ever won a state title in football, with the 1987 team the only team from  Sky View to even make it to the state championship game. A win over the Miners would mean so much more than simple revenge.

“Mostly it is about winning state, which is every kids dream growing up,” said Morris. “Coming out as a senior and winning, that would be awesome.”

“You have to have that mindset that it is go out and get the title, not just beat those guys,” Zollinger added. “This is to represent the school and make history for the whole school.”

A chance to make program history applies to the Miners as well. Park City is the third oldest program in Utah, but the team has never won a state championship in football and is 0-5 in title game appearances. Another postseason win over the Bobcats would change that.

“We have a chance to be the best team that’s ever walked through these halls — that’s amazing,” Park City quarterback Jack Skidmore said.

The current iteration of the Miners’ might already be the best team in school history. Park City is the only undefeated team remaining in the 4A classification, and powered by both an elite offense (38.7 points per game) and elite defense (11.2 ppg), the Miners have taken on all comers. In the state tournament, Park City has defeated the likes of Logan, Snow Canyon and Pine View, doing so with ease at times.

“Park City is a different animal,” said Howell. “They definitely create some challenges.”

Foremost among them is a power running attack, buoyed by the play of Dylan Bauer and Skidmore, that has proven nearly impossible to stop.

“They run the ball so well,” said Howell. “(Skidmore) gets them in the right play and (Bauer) is so explosive. They do a great job up front running different formations. You have to make sure you are lined up right and that your eyes are in the right spot.”

The Miners aren’t all ground game either, thanks to wide receiver Mark McCurdy, among others.

“They’ll take their shots against you and they’ve been really successful in the passing game,” Howell said. “There is just a lot of different things to take away. It’ll be fun.”

Sky View will be no easy out, though. The Bobcats’ come in averaging 39.2 points per game, while holding opponents to just 11.6. In the postseason, Sky View has been every bit Park City’s equal, outscoring the Miners’ offense by five total points, while allowing just five more points than the Miners’ defense.

“It’s an incredible challenge,” Park City head coach Josh Montzingo said. “They’ve done a phenomenal job with that group up there. Tons of athletes, they’re big, they’re strong, they’re fast and they know how to win. Great culture.”

Whether it be dynamic wide receiver Mason Falslev, quarterback Kason Carlsen or running back Walter Collins on offense, or Morris, linebackers Hunter Smith and Kason Flaherty and a defensive line led by the likes of nose tackle Jaxson Wilson and defensive ends Hunter Larsen and Justice Ena on defense, Sky View appears every bit the match for the Miners.

Which should make for an excellent rematch.

“It’s exciting,” Montzingo said. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity.”

Sky View 2019 schedule

Sky View statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 39.2 ppg (third in 4A)

Scoring defense: 11.6 ppg (second in 4A)

Passing leader: Kason Carlsen (121-190, 63.7%, 1,870 yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Walter Collins (110 carries, 591 yards, 6 TDs), Mason Falslev (97 carries, 571 yards, 5 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Brigham Lewis (39 rec., 634 yards, 9 TDs), Mason Falslev (26 rec., 543 yards, 11 TDs), Jacob Zollinger (33 rec., 473 yards, 4 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Hunter Lewis (96 tackles), Scout Morris (81 tackles)

Sack leaders: Hunter Smith, Kason Flaherty (7 sacks)

Interception leaders: Scout Morris (9 INTs), Traeson Martindale (4 INTs)

Park City 2019 schedule

Park City statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 38.7 ppg (fourth in 4A)

Scoring defense: 11.2 ppg (first in 4A)

Passing leader: Jack Skidmore (79-127, 62.2%, 1,705 yards, 22 TDs, 4 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Dylan Bauer (237 carries, 1,881 yards, 20 TDs), Jack Skidmore (71 carries, 580 yards, 8 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Mark McCurdy (33 rec., 968 yards, 2 TDs), Andrew Peterson (14 rec., 274 yards, 3 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Chase Johansen (140 tackles), Brady Baumann (88 tackles)

Sack leaders: Chase Johansen (7 sacks), Parker Napier (6 sacks)

Interception leaders: Kirby Baynes (3 INTs)

Felt’s Facts for Sky View High School

All-time record: 293-257-8 (56 years)

Region championships: 10 (1969, 1972, 1979 co, 1982, 2006, 2007 co, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Playoff appearances: 28

All-time playoff record: 18-27

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-1

Felt’s Facts for Park City High School

All-time record: 438-446-23 (112 years)

Region championships: 25 (1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1945, 1961, 1969 co, 1980, 1981, 1982 co, 1983 co, 1987, 1988, 1991 co, 2001 co, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018 co, 2019)

Playoff appearances: 44

All-time playoff record: 33-43

State championships: 0

State championship record: 0-5