For the better part of three quarters Friday night, Mountain Pointe was in just the kind of game it needed to be in for coach Karl Kiefer to pick up his 300th career victory.
Chandler defensive tackle Jake Samia changed that.
An athletic third-quarter interception by the big man set up the first of three second-half Chandler touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Wolves turned a tight game into a 35-7 homecoming rout of the Pride Friday night at Chandler High School.
Mountain Pointe’s loss dropped Kiefer’s career record to 299-131-3. He will go for win No. 300 at home against rival Desert Vista next Friday. As far as Chandler (5-0) was concerned, that win would not come on their field.
"We talked about that all week. Not in our house," said Samia, whose leaping interception of a screen pass while being blocked helped turn the tide. "I saw that screen coming, so I just grabbed it. It changed momentum really quickly."
Mountain Pointe (2-3) trailed 14-7 with 4:55 to go in the third when Samia intercepted the pass and returned it five yards to the Pride 25-yard line. On the next play, Justin Sims scored his second of two touchdowns in the game to make the score 21-7.
Reno Blomquist scored his second touchdown of the game from 26 yards out on Chandler’s next possession. Mountain Pointe’s next series ended when Britton Gouch blocked a punt and Tony Pawlak recovered it in the end zone to give Chandler a 35-7 lead a minute into the fourth quarter.
Sims finished with 124 yards on 14 carries and Blomquist added 40 yards on 11 carries.
Meanwhile Chandler’s defense, which has given up 30 points in five games this season, turned in another stellar performance.
Under constant pressure from Chandler’s speedy linebacker corps, Mountain Pointe’s quarterbacks completed only 1-of-9 passes. In all, the Pride managed just 151 yards and turned the ball over three times.
"Our kids really like to run to the ball and when they get there they are very physical," Chandler coach Jim Ewan said. "We rely on them to set the tempo of the game."