Rylee Sadler remembers all too well when his freshman team defeated Skyview’s freshman team in 2015. May of the opponents that day were middle school classmates of Sadler’s and, due to boundary lines, fed into another school in high school.
The connective tissue between the two programs runs deep. It’s been five years since River has beat that school down the road, and the senior-heavy group that touts what coach Christian Swain says as his best defensive unit in his coaching career, feel like this is the year to right the ship.
Watch Sadler and fellow linebackers, junior Logan Wilson and senior Tyrehl Vaivao break down the matchup above, and find any more preview info and game notes here.
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- 42-6, 42-0, 49-16 and 35-28. Those are the scores of the past four years, all tipping in favor of Skyview. The Storm, a perennial top-3 team in the 4A Greater St. Helens League, has won those games by an avergae of 29.5 points —that deficit is 39 in the past two seasons with Christain Swain at the helm for the Chieftians.
- A storied finish. The last time River beat Skyview? That was 2013, and it ended in such dramatic fashion, that the final play made it to SportsCenter. Need a refresher? See the below video.
- What to watch for? River coach Christian Swain has touted his defense as the best he’s had as a coach. They did little to disprove that in a week 1 shoutout rout of Centralia on the road. But Skyview racked up 516 yards of offense in its week 1 loss to Elma. Will the Storm be able to move the ball against a stout River defense?