It is entirely possible that Skyview players came into Friday night’s game looking ahead. It turned out to be a night on which they may forever look back.
“I’m going to remember this game for the rest of my life,” said Skyview running back Parker Henry, whose team will meet Union next week for the 4A Greater St. Helen’s League title. “This was everything a rivalry game should be.”
The Storm beat Columbia River 36-29 Friday after recapturing the lead with 14 seconds left in the non-league game. Henry, who scored four of Skyview’s touchdowns, crossed the goal line on a 5-yard run to prevent what could have been the most surprising loss in Clark County this year.
Just a minute and half earlier, after all, River quarterback Clayton Frank scored on a 17-yard run to put the Chieftains ahead 29-28 — capitalizing on a Skyview safety that allowed the Chieftains to get within six points late in the fourth quarter. But after the Storm’s Forrest Russell returned the ensuing kickoff to River’s 32, Henry put the finishing touches on a truly dominant night.
“He was amazing,” said River coach John O’Rourke. “Great player.”
While the countenances of Chieftain players said otherwise, O’Rourke said Friday was the finest his team has played all year. He agreed that most predicted Skyview would win by at least four touchdowns, but by halftime, it was River (5-3) that led 14-0.
Running back Remick Kawawaki, who finished the game with 152 yards on 17 carries, scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, while quarterback Clayton Frank added an 11 yard run in the second.
A slew of turnovers preclued Skyview (6-2) from answering, but then the second half came around, and Henry broke loose.
The senior tallied 271 yards on 25 carries, mixing in runs of 41 and 53 yards. He scored two TDs in the third quarter, and his first of the fourth put Skyview ahead 28-14.
River responded when Frank scored on a 3-yard run to cut the lead to eight, and then the aforementioned safety and Chieftains touchdown followed.
But on the day of his father’s birthday, Henry came through.
“But we were definitely nervous,” Henry said.
As for his father’s age?
“Uh ... he’s pretty old.”
SKYVIEW 36, COLUMBIA RIVER 29
Skyview 0 0 21 14—36
Columbia River 7 7 0 15—29
CR — Remick Kawawaki 8 run (Eli Gaynor kick)
CR — Clayton FranK 11 run (Gaynor kick)
S — Henry 41 run (Hayden Schuh kick)
S — Kieran McDonagh 1 run (Schuh kick)
S — Henry 19 run (Schuh kick)
S — Henry 3 run (Schuh kick)
CR — Frank 3 run (kick failed)
CR — Safety off bad snap
CR — Frank 17 run (Gaynor kick)
S — Henry 5 run (Kieran McDonagh run)
Rushing — Skyview — Parker Henry 25-271, Kieran McDonagh 9-59; Columbia River — Remick Kawawaki 17-152, Clayton Frank 16-68, Darius Raiford 14-52, Dennis Henderson 3-28.
Passing — Skyview — Kieran McDonagh 7-12-0-111; Columbian River — Clayton Frank 8-11-0-83.
Receiving — Reiley Henderson 4-80, Forrest Russell 2-25, Parker Henry 1-6; Columbia River — Dennis Henderson 5-63, Thomas Jacobson 2-9, John Mahoney 1-6, Darius Raiford 1-5.