Day After Report: Skyview 34, Heritage 17
Whether a team is playoff-bound or not, Week 9 of the high school football season is always a time of transition.
Both sides of that coin were on display Friday after Skyview’s 34-17 win over Heritage.
Skyview’s players talked about shifting into postseason gear ahead of a Week 10 regional playoff game next week against Olympia.
That transition started with a solid showing against Heritage.
“We look no further ahead than the next week,” Skyview quarterback Brody Barnum said. “This week, it was Heritage. We knew we had to get a job done and close the season strong.”
Skyview had a tough non-league schedule that included games against O’Dea and Eastside Catholic, both ranked in the top three in Class 3A. There was also a 4A Greater St. Helens League clash against top-ranked Camas.
“At the beginning of the season, we played the top teams in the state,” receiver Tavis Pinkney said. “We’re ready for any team at state that’s coming for us. Defense wins games, so next week we’ll have to focus on defense.”
At the Heritage postgame huddle, another type of transition was taking place. Twenty-three seniors were handing the reins of the program to the next class.
That includes junior quarterback Michael Taras. He had high praise for a Heritage senior class that doubled the program’s win total in 2016. The Timberwolves finished 4-5, their most wins since 2009.
“This group of seniors, they changed the culture a lot,” Taras said. “They gave everything they had to the program. Now, it’s about learning from this year’s mistakes and taking them into next year. I think we’ll be solid next year.”