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Skyview starts quick, rolls past Battle Ground

Storm starters need just 11 offensive plays for 42-0 lead

By , Columbian sports reporter

The Skyview offense needed just 11 plays to convince coach Steve Kizer to call off the dogs. The Storm pulled to a 42-point lead on just 11 offensive plays and a interception return in the first 14 minutes of the game en route to a 63-14 win over Battle Ground on Friday at Kiggins Bowl. 

The start was unlike any Kizer has seen, he said. 

“We had some good things happen and the ball bounce our way,” Kizer said. “We’ve been on the other side of that, too. So we know the feeling.” 

Jalynnee McGee ran for scores of 30, 8 and 25 yards on five carries; Yaro Duvalko tossed 64- and 75-yard touchdown passes to Cooper Barnum and Xavier Owens, respectively; and the Storm (4-1 overall, 1-0 4A GSHL) pulled its starters up 42-0 with 10:25 still left in the second quarter. The Storm led 56-7 at the half. 

“Linemen had perfect blocking, the receivers blocked downfield,” McGee said. “There was big holes. The receivers ran perfectly. Routes were ran amazing. Everything was working real good tonight.” 

The Storm returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half. Owens had a 27-yard return and Teddy Beaver brought another back 67 yards as the Storm limited the Tigers to minus-13 yards in the opening frame and just 44 yards in the first half. 

“No, I have not,” Owens said of if he’s ever seen a similar start. “But that’s the tempo we’re setting this year.” 

Battle Ground (1-4, 0-1) had a pair of running scores: a 5-yard keeper from Reid Schneider and a 1-yard run from Austin Hicks. 

Key moments

— The first of Jalynnee McGee’s three touchdown runs was his longest, a 30-yard scamper that featured him bouncing and evading would-be tacklers to open the scoring just 90 seconds into the contest. 

— Xavier Owens caught a simple pass from Yaro Duvalko and bounced off two defenders in the second quarter before escaping for a 75-yard touchdown to end the Storm starters’ nights with a 42-0 lead. 

— At the buzzer of the first half, backup quarterback Clark Coleman threaded the needle between two Tiger defenders to find Kyle Olson on a seam route in the end zone for a 24-yard score and a 56-7 halftime advantage. 

Key players

Jalynnee McGee — The senior running back had 67 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries for the Storm. “I’ve had (three) in six, but not five,” McGee said. 

Xavier Owens — The Storm junior had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown to go with his 75-yard receiving touchdown. 


“We knew Battle Ground was young. … We’ve been there. I wish Mike (Kesler) and those guys the best of luck.” — Skyview coach Steve Kizer


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First quarter

S — Jalynnee McGee 30 run (Sliman Farran kick)

S — McGee 8 run (Farran kick)

S — Xavier Owens 27 interception return (Farran kick)

S — Cooper Barnum 64 pass from Yaro Duvalko (Farran kick)

S — McGee 25 run (Farran kick)

Second quarter

S — Owens 75 pass from Duvalko (Farran kick)

S — Teddy Beaver 67 interception return (Kaiden Garrison kick)

BG — Reid Schneider 5 run (Evan Bliss kick)

S — Kyle Olson 24 pass from Clark Coleman (Garrison kick)

Third quarter

S — Jaydin Knapp 6 run (Garrison kick)

Fourth quarter

BG — Austin Hicks 1 run (Bliss kick)

Rushing — BG: Reid Schneider 2-13, Ryan Potes 7-61, Austin Hicks 7-51, Steven Hancock 17-0; S: Jalynnee McGee 5-67, Clark Coleman 1-(-5), Niko Arriola 1-7, Sliman Farran 5-46, Jaydin Knapp 8-59, Lorenzo Gunn 4-25.  

Passing — BG: Schneider 3-12-3-16; S: Yaro Duvalko 4-4-0-163, Coleman 3-7-0-35, Arriola 1-1-0-10.  

Receiving — BG: Chris Dunne 1-2, Brody Smith 1-18, Hancock 1-(-4); S: Cooper Barnum 1-64, Bryce Doman 1-10, McGee 1-18, Xavier Owens 1-75, Kyle Olson 2-31, Teddy Beaver 1-4, Gavin Baskette 1-6.