October 2, 2004
Apparently the wrong team was ranked No. 5 Friday night when fifth-ranked Red Mountain locked up with unranked Mountain View in the annual Battle on Brown Road.
The Toros won back-to-back games for the first time this season by dominating their neighbors to the east, 24-7, in a 5A East Valley Region game at Toro Stadium.
‘‘That was fun,’’ Mountain View coach Tom Joseph said as he waited for his team to gather in the west end zone after the game.
Joseph’s idea of fun was watching Mountain View rush for 333 yards and control the game at the point of attack from start to finish. The Toros had three long scoring drives — two to begin the game to build a 14-0 lead and one in the final period that took away what little steam Red Mountain had after the Mountain Lions pulled to within 17-7 with 11:11 to play. Mountain View improved to 3-2 and is the only team in the region 2-0. Red Mountain dropped to 4-1, 1-1.
‘‘What we did tonight started at the beginning of the week,’’ Mountain View quarterback Tyler Mack said. ‘‘Every practice we had was solid. We were fired up for this one.’’ It showed from the start. After forcing Red Mountain to punt after the first possession of the game, Mountain View drove 77 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead.
Mack set the tone, completing 3-of-3 passes for 58 yards and capped the drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Tate Ash. A three-and-out for the Mountain Lions followed with the Toros taking over at their 46. This possession Mountain View chose to stick to the ground. All 10 plays were rushes with Mack sneaking in from the 1 on fourth-and-goal for a 14-0 lead with 10:58 left in the first half.
Mountain View outgained Red Mountain, 178-60, in the opening two periods. That disparity continued in the second half. For the game Mountain View outgained Red Mountain, 443-160.
Running backs Mike Parra (123 yards on 17 carries) and Alex DeVito (112 yards on 17 carries) paced the ground game.
‘‘This was the first time this season we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,’’ Joseph said. ‘‘We’ve done it on one side or the other, but not both. Our coaches did a great job, and the kids executed."
Red Mountain had a couple mild threats before it finally scored in the opening minute of the fourth period on a 32-yard pass from Nick Orr to Greg Bird.
A 27-yard punt return by Nick Miller in the second period put the Mountain Lions at the Toro 47. Red Mountain’s fifth penalty of the game — a holding call — helped squelch that threat. Two interceptions by Mountain View’s Kyle Curtis on deep passes also turned away the Mountain Lions.
Red Mountain running back Channing Trotter, who entered the game with 496 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, was held in check. Trotter carried 12 times for 57 yards.