After Skyview football put the finishing touches on a dominating 27-0 win over rival Columbia River on Saturday night, the Storm sprinted to the stands. A student section hundreds-strong and just as loud chanted and cheered. Everything felt right again at Kiggins Bowl.
“All our energy, all our ya-ya, rah-rah, it all comes from the fans,” Skyview senior lineman Hezephaniah Po Ching said. “There’s only so much we can do to hype ourselves up. It’s so much better to hear our fans and the band play every time we have a first down. It really gets us going.”
The Storm did plenty right on the field, too. Skyview outgained Columbia River 460-32 throughout a thoroughly dominating evening. Niko Arriola threw for 177 yards on 20-of-30 passing; Tanner Beaman amassed 63 yards, including a stellar 14-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone; and Gabe Martin pounded his way to 125 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Jaydin Knapp added a three-yard fourth-quarter touchdown for good measure.
On defense, the Storm was equally stout, limiting Columbia River to 32 total yards, including negative-16 yards rushing. On both sides of the ball, the Storm dominated the trenches.
“We just have a few things to clean up,” Po Ching said.
Opening interception — Columbia River’s best play of the night came just two snaps into Skyview’s opening drive. Junior defensive back Jakobi Fobbs stepped into a zone in the middle of the field and came down with an interception of Skyview quarterback Niko Arriola.
Beaman in the end zone — Skyview senior tight end Tanner Beaman snapped off a crisp out route in the end zone and Arriola found him in the corner, where he hauled in a tough catch as he fell to put Skyview up 21-0 at the break. The score, which came with just seven seconds left in the quarter, capped a five-play, 64-yard drive that took just 26 seconds.
Gabe Martin — The Skyview senior picked up where he left off last spring by rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also anchored the Storm’s stout defense as a linebacker in the heart of it.
Hezephaniah Po Ching — This could go to any one of the Storm linemen, but Po Ching stood out most. He was consistently in the River backfield on defense and had a sack. The left guard also paved the way for 283 yards of rushing, including 95 yards from Jaydin Knapp.
Julean Morales — The Rapids linebacker and punter got plenty of work on Saturday as Columbia River punted seven times. He fielded several errant snaps and had multiple punts of over 40 yards.
“Some of the (linemen), the last time they played was CCYF and they wanted to play high school again,” Po Ching said. “So I took it upon myself — for being in the program such a long time — to help them and hopefully make them good players.” — Skyview senior lineman Hezephaniah Po Ching on the depth in the Skyview trenches
SKYVIEW 27, COLUMBIA RIVER 0
Col. River 0 0 0 0—0
Skyview 7 14 0 6— 27
S — Gabe Martin 4 run (Fedya Henrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
S — Martin 1 run (Henrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
S — Tanner Beaman 14 pass from Niko Arriola (Henrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
S — Jaydin Knapp 3 run (Henrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
RUSHING — Columbia River: Adam Watts 8-(-17), Dylan Kier 9-21, Lukas Otoupal 1-2, Kaden MacDonald 1-(-2). Skyview: Gabe Martin 17-125, Niko Arriola 4-18, Jaydin Knapp 12-95, Eric Botnen 2-3, Trey Jacob 5-45, Maika Peralta 1-2.
PASSING — Columbia River: Adam Watts 11-14-0-48. Skyview: Niko Arriola 20-30-1-177
RECEIVING — Columbia River: Adam Huerena 1-7, Thomas Blau 1-6, Dylan Kier 3-24, Aden Flores 1-(-1), Aiden Miller 1-(-4), Jacobi Fobbs 1-10, Kaden MacDonald 3-6. Skyview: Teddy Beaver 7-53, Jaydin Knapp 3-21, Tanner Beaman 5-63, Blake Doman 3-26, Jonathan Stromberg 1-5, Trey Jacob 1-9.