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Previewing the Top 15 high school football teams in Idaho: No. 10 Skyline Grizzlies

Reigning 4A champions graduated 27 seniors, but are expected to be factors behind talented junior class.
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SBLive Idaho is previewing the Top 15 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2021 seasonHere’s an inside look at the Skyline Grizzlies of the 4A High Country Conference – No. 10 in our countdown.

2020 IN REVIEW

12-1 (first place in 4A High Country Conference); won 4A championship.

COACH’S RESUME

  • Scott Berger, 13th season
  • Overall record: 82-43
  • Assistant coaches: Brett Taylor, Chet Taylor, Bridger Taylor, Marco Martin, Chase Meyer, Clint Cornish, Colter Yde, JC Scrogum, Scott Nielson, Brody Landon, Doug Stirling, Travis Perez

RETURNING STARTERS

6 total on offense and defense.

SEASON OUTLOOK

Most coaches might be a little nervous about replacing 27 seniors on one of the best teams in school history - a squad that captured its record-breaking seventh state championship last fall..

But not Scott Berger.

The longtime Skyline coach, who’s been in the program for 32 years now, has seen Class 4A’s most storied program reload time and time again.

"Prior success helps with the whole attitude of the program," Berger said. "Our tradition and our past goes all the way back to the late (1960s). So expectations are always high."

Especially since the group coming back has big similarities to the one that won all of its games by double digits (average margin of victory was 29.5 points). Both this year’s senior and junior classes each had two teams playing for the middle-school championship in eighth grade. Now they’re coming together to try and replicate what happened last year.

And there’s a lot to like about this bunch as well.

The biggest of whom - literally - is senior offensive lineman Tyson Krupp. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder started up front for the Grizzlies in last year’s title game, and will anchor the unit this season. The senior class will also include defensive linemen Kiano Kishiyama and Alex Cortez, as well as linebacker Chandler Robinson. Both Kishiyama and Robinson were starters on a defense last year that held 4A opponents to just 8.5 points per game.

But it’s the junior class that has Berger confident at making another title run, and with good reason.

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It’s led by wideout Kenyon Sadiq, who started last year and appears to be the program’s next big playmaker. The three-star prospect is listed as the No. 4 recruit in the state for the 2023 class, according to 247sports.com.

Abraham Silverio (RB/slot WR) and Caden Taggert (slot WR), whom Berger said is in the mold of Weber State’s David Ames, are also both barn-burners.

George Price (WR), Trey Olson (LB) and Ian Galbreath (DB) are ones to keep an eye out for as well.

And rounding out the class is quarterback Lachlan Haacke. He’s been the freshman and junior varsity quarterback the past two seasons. Berger thinks he’s more than up for the challenge of "filling the shoes" of all-state performer Cade Marlow.

"That’s the thing about football, you never know what’s going to happen. But hey right now, I’m pretty optimistic about what we have," Berger said. "They’re just good football players. There’s some kids you can put out there who are just going to make plays and we got a lot of playmakers."

2021 SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 at Green Canyon (UT)

Sept. 3 at Thunder Ridge

Sept. 10 vs. Rigby (Holt Arena)

Sept. 17 vs. Blackfoot

Sept. 24 at Bonneville

Oct. 1 at Madison

Oct. 8 vs. Idaho Falls

Oct. 15 at Hillcrest

Oct. 22 vs. Shelley