By Mark Barnes
Energized from the previous week’s 49-14 blowout against Nampa, Kuna fans were ready for a great game against Skyview. For the first half, the fans were not let down.
As two big storms brewed over Boise and Emmett to the north, threatening lightning and rain, the game began with all the fanfare of a college game. After stopping Kuna on their first drive, Skyview scored first on a 13-yard pass. Kuna followed quickly with a 5-yard Ben Ruwe pass to Jacob Kellog but they failed to cross the goal line on the 2-point conversion. Then things got really exciting. Skyview’s Hagen Graves ran back a 90-yard kickoff but the Hawks missed the kick. Kuna answered with a 3-yard run by Kellog and then a 19-yard pass to Spencer Trautman ending the first quarter with Kuna in the lead 20-13. That was the last time Kuna led.
The game went back and forth down the field with exciting turnovers, breaking runs and great catches but slowly, the tide turned. Kuna fans watched as Skyview methodically drove downfield and put 14 more points on the board in the second quarter. A scary moment came with 2:50 left in the half as Spencer Trautman went down with an injury. (Fans were relieved when he was back in the game for the second half.)
The fan and player energy was high and low, with every turnover giving advantage to the other team. The storms continued to creep towards Kuna and a big rainbow formed as the half wrapped up with Kuna going to the locker room down seven.
As the sun set during halftime the clouds started spitting on the fans. Returning to the field, there was a different Kuna team for the second half. Skyview seemed to control the game with Hawks running back Jaxon Pryor breaking tackles and needing multiple Kuna players to bring him down on every run.
As the defense allowed seven points in the third and 22 points in the fourth quarter the Kuna offense floundered with the offensive line giving up five sacks by Skyview. Although there were some questionable calls, or lack of calls, by the referees, it is doubtful that it would have made a difference in the game. Skyview’s strategy of eating up the clock during the fourth quarter kept Kuna from any attempt at a rally. To add insult to injury, the Skyview student section started mocking Kuna fans with chants of “We’re not Nampa” and “It’s all over.”
During the last minute of the game Kuna managed to put six more points on the board
taking advantage of several penalties against Skyview with a 14-yard Ruwe pass to Zach
Cronk, but again failed in the 2-point attempt.
Skyview’s defense managed to keep Kuna to 92 yards rushing and 271 yards passing. Kuna’s defense allowed 170 yards rushing and 269 yards passing. Spencer Trautman continued to lead the yardage for Kuna with 54 yards on 11 carries and six catches for 136 yards.
This Friday night Kuna travels to Middleton.