Sky View can't find the brakes to stop Weber running game
By Jeremiah Stettler
SMITHFIELD -- After watching the Weber Warriors pummel the Bobcats 37-7, the big question facing Sky View Coach Perry Christensen was, "What happened to the defensive line?"
A few mishaps were excusable Friday night, but 246 yards rushing for the Warriors appeared to be a little more gut-wrenching than Christensen bargained for.
Sky View quarterback Kade Tarbet fought to stabilize the team offensively, but was sacked three times for a loss of 22 yards in the first half.
"We didn't play well at all defensively," Christensen said. "To put it simply, our defensive line was pushed around up front. I'm not saying that we're going to make some changes in our line, but we've got to be quicker on our feet and improve our technique."
The Warriors ripped into Sky View's line early in the first quarter to post a 31-yard field goal with 8:30 on the clock. Sky View crumbled under the weight of a superior defense and handed possession over to Weber for another offensive drive.
A quarterback keeper through center stage extended Weber's lead as Michael Bailey ran for seven yards to place the Bobcats at a 10-0 deficit.
With a game total of 108 yards for the Warriors' leading rusher, Adam Garcia took the ball at the buzzer for his inaugural run, rushing 60 yards for the TD.
Weber's Dennis Conroy plagued Sky View's second quarter with an interception. He carried the ball for 30 yards before losing a fumble in the end zone.
Sky View fought back temporarily, but Tarbet was dragged down for three substantial losses of eight, nine and five yards.
The Bobcats were looking down the wrong end of the barrel at the half with only 18 yards rushing on 15 carries. Weber had dominated from both sides of the offensive game with 85 yards on the ground and 133 in the air.
"We struggled with throwing the ball early in the game," Christensen said. "We had some interceptions that hurt us. Offensively, they out-quicked us."
Weber opened the second half with a 79-yard run by Garcia, but was sent back to its own 21-yard line on a clipping call. Notwithstanding, the Warriors battled into Sky View's backfield and scored a TD on a seven-yard pass to Jeffrey Broadbent, placing the Warriors in the Catbird Seat 24-0.
Jason Call returned with another short reception to extend that lead to 30-0 with 4:05 on the clock.
Bad turned to worse during the fourth quarter, however, as Ashton Buswell stepped into the scoring scene to run eight yards for the Weber TD.
With Sky View facing the shutout, Erik Swensen recovered the Bobcats dignity with a two-yard reception during the final three minutes of play to place Sky View on the scoreboard 37-7.
"We just didn't show up to play," said leading receiver Swensen. "We
have all the potential in the world, but we've just got to use it."
Archived Months:September 1998