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Kason Carlsen, Sky View Bobcats overcome repeated challenges in rivalry game win over Green Canyon

Sky View defeated Green Canyon 32-24 Friday night, despite missing a pair of key starters and incurring more than 200 yards of penalties.

The Sky View Bobcats and Green Canyon Wolves play on Sept. 13, 2019. Sky View won 32-24.
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SMITHFIELD — The regular starting quarterback for the Sky View Bobcats is none other than Mason Falslev.

Well-known to high school sports fans across the state, Falslev was not on the field for Friday night’s Region 11 rivalry game against the Green Canyon Wolves.

Instead he stood on the sideline, without pads, due to an injury suffered a week prior.

The absence of their starting signal caller was just one of many difficulties Sky View had to overcome en route to a 32-24 victory over Green Canyon.

Starting inside linebacker/slot receiver Britton Lewis also missed the game.

“He is a huge part of our team as well,” Sky View head coach Chris Howell said. “That was two critical guys.”

Then there was the fact that Sky View fell behind behind early — first 7-0 and then 14-5 — thanks in part to a fumble by backup quarter Kason Carlsen, who started in place of Falslev.

“Our quarterback tried to make a scramble play and fumbled the ball,” Howell said. “Gave it to them on our own 20 or 25.”

That turnover set up an early touchdown throw by Green Canyon quarterback Jacob Lundin, who finished the game with 154 yards rushing and three touchdown passes.

“Their tempo really hurt us early,” Howell said. “They went really fast and I didn’t do a good enough job as a defensive play caller getting the play in fast enough, so we were a little bit out of sorts.”

Additionally, Sky View was penalized for nearly 200 yards in the game, pass interference being a favorite.

With each challenge presented to them, the Bobcats had an answer, though, chief among them being Carlsen.

A pair of turnovers aside, the backup quarterback answered the call for Sky View and all but carried the team to victory.

The Sky View Bobcats and Green Canyon Wolves play on Sept. 13, 2019. Sky View won 32-24.
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Carlsen finished the game with 194 yards passing and 120 yards rushing, and rushed for all four of the Bobcats touchdowns.

“We were down,” Howell said. “Our quarterback was out and we needed to respond as a team to elevate our play to compensate for not having Mason.”

The 6-2, 200-pound-plus Carlsen led the way, with a powerful rushing approach.

“He is a big strong kid and really physical,” Howell said. “We knew we could use him as a runner. We got down early and I just felt like our kids continued to stick with it, to fight and respond.”

Nowhere was that more evident than in the fourth quarter.

After Sky View had rallied and built a lead as large as 32-17 in the fourth quarter, Green Canyon marched down the field on consecutive possessions.

The Sky View Bobcats and Green Canyon Wolves play on Sept. 13, 2019. Sky View won 32-24.
Courtesy Sky View Football

The first drive ended in a Wolves score, though not before the Bobcats forced Green Canyon to run nine plays in the red zone before finding the end zone.

After a quick three-and-out and a punt by Sky View, Green Canyon drove straight down the field again and with just over three minutes remaining in the game, got as close to the end zone as the Sky View 3-yard line.

It was there that the Bobcats made their stand, and a sack of Lundin on 4th and 6 ultimately gave Sky View the victory.

“They showed the ability to deal with sudden change and adversity,” Howell said. “They showed the ability to step into roles they haven’t filled in the past and play at or near the level of the guy that was ahead of them. I think this will give us momentum.”

With the win, Sky View improved to 4-1 (1-0) on the year, and took over the top spot in Region 11.