The game resembled a roller coaster.
But Hayden Froeber was steady as a steam engine.
Skyview beat Mountain View 56-31 in a nonleague game Friday at McKenzie Stadium.
It was a game of elation and frustration for both teams. One would score, the other would answer, often with a big play.
But Skyview was strongest at the end, scoring 28 unanswered points after trailing 31-28 with four minutes to go in the third quarter.
When the Storm needed a long drive, there was Froeber. He steadily steered momentum toward Skyview, five to 10 yards at a time.
Outside of a 34-yard run in the third quarter, Froeber’s longest run was just 11 yards. But he finished with 209 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.
“It’s very nice to have that guy you can trust to get that five yards you need,” Skyview quarterback Brody Barnum said.
Froeber could be trusted because of the trusty offensive line clearing the way.
“It was definitely the push by the line,” he said. “I wasn’t getting touched for seven yards after the line of scrimmage.”
Barnum also made an impact with his legs as well as his arm. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound QB ran over a Mountain View defender on a 25-yard touchdown that gave the Storm a 35-31 lead.
Skyview then recovered a pooch kickoff at Mountain View’s 28 yard line. A few plays later, Froeber’s third touchdown put Skyview up 42-31 with 1:58 left in the third quarter.
Mountain View wasn’t able to recover. Skyview (2-2) relied on a toughness it honed through a difficult non-league schedule that included games against two of the top three 3A teams in the state.
“If you play easy teams, you think you’re good and you don’t fix anything,” Froeber said. “We’re playing the best teams for a reason, and it showed.”
Mountain View (1-3) has played three consecutive games against talented 4A Greater St. Helens League opponents. The Thunder open play in the 3A GSHL next week.
Mountain View quarterback Andre Scheer rushed for 181 yards on 18 carries, including touchdowns of 68 and 39 yards.
“Honestly, I think the past few weeks we’ve really grown as a team,” Scheer said. “This game didn’t come out the way we wanted it to, but I think we’re ready for league.”
If you missed any single play in the first quarter, there’s a good chance you missed a touchdown. The teams combined for 217 yards in the 12-minute period, which ended with Skyview ahead 21-14.
Mountain View struck first on a 51 yard run by Scheer on the game’s sixth play.
Skyview responded with an eight-play, 43-yard touchdown drive. Froeber scored on a six-yard run, his fifth carry of the drive.
Mountain View punched back. Glen Perry ran 64 yards for a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage.
Skyview counterpunched. Barnum found Jeremiah Wright for a 62-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the Storm’s next drive.
Seven minutes into the game, each team had scored two touchdowns.
That set the tone for three thrilling quarters. But Skyview was steady when it needed to be and stayed on track for the win.
SKYVIEW 56, MOUNTAIN VIEW 31
Skyview 21 0 21 14 – 56
Mountain View 14 9 8 0 – 31
MV – Andre Scheer 51 run (Bryan Valdez kick)
S – Hayden Froeber 6 run (Wyatt Stallman kick)
MV – Glen Perry 64 run (Valdez kick)
S – Jeremiah Wright 62 pass from Brody Barnum (kick failed)
S – Angelo Sarchi 1 run (Sarchi run)
MV – Darien Chase 5 pass from Scheer (kick failed)
MV – Valdez 36 FG
S – Froeber 7 run (Stallman kick)
MV – Scheer 37 run (Jack Mertens run)
S – Barnum 25 run (Stallman kick)
S – Froeber 8 run (Stallman kick)
S – Sarchi 11 run (Stallman kick)
S – Tyler DeJong 7 run (Stallman kick)
RUSHING – Skyview: Hayden Froeber 30-209, Brody Barnum 11-122, Angelo Sarchi 4-21, Tyler DeJong 4-34. Mountain View: Andre Scheer 20-185, Glen Perry 9-92, Troy Pacheco 3-10, Michael Urruchua 2-10, Nile Jones 3-10.
PASSING – Skyview: Brody Barnum 10-18-202. Mountain View: Andre Scheer 11-21-126.
RECEIVING – Skyview: Jeremiah Wright 5-99, Angelo Sarchi 2-16, Skyler Martin 1-32, Tavis Chunphakvenn-Pinkney 2-55. Mountain View: Darien Chase 5-62, Mitchell Delmage 2-36, Troy Pacheco 1-5, Jack Mertens 3-23.