Mountain View’s game at Westwood Friday played out a lot like its season so far.
It started slowly and didn’t look like the team would do much, but then, just before the halfway mark, the team showed life and busted things wide open.
After starting the season 0-2, the Toros have fought their way back over .500 thanks to their 50-20 rout of Westwood.
“Coach said once we win one, it’s just going to keep rolling and that’s happening right now,” Mountain View quarterback Chase Funk said.
With 32 seconds left in the first half, it looked like the Toros (3-2, 2-1) would head into the locker room down 12-7. But two plays later, the game turned around for good.
Funk connected with Tyson McDaniel for a 30-yard touchdown to put Mountain View up 14-12. Westwood then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Seth Stapley recovered and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown to put the Toros up 21-12 at halftime.
“That was a huge, huge swing; huge drive by a sophomore,” Mountain View coach Chad DeGrenier said of his quarterback.
From there, the Toros used a well-balanced attack with Funk taking it to the air and Jeff Castillo pounding it on the ground.
Funk completed 19-of-32 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Castillo rushed for 94 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries.
“We’ve been pounding the ball all week and we took control of the trenches and that was important,” Funk said.
Funk’s total passing yards were 116 more than his season average.
“Chase is just getting better every week,” DeGrenier said. “I’m very proud of him.”
Westwood (0-5, 0-3) started the game looking like it would be able to keep things close, if not win the game, thanks to its running game. But after rushing for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, the Warriors only ran for 75 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
“That’s something we try to focus on is running the ball on a regular basis,” Westwood coach Greg Mendez said. “I think we’re starting to do that but once again we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot.”
The Warriors never recovered from the two quick Mountain View scores at the end of the first half. After being up 12-7 late in the second quarter, Westwood gave up 43 unanswered points.
“We got in our own way,” Mendez said. “We made mistakes both mentally and physically and it showcased right there at the end of the half and from there it snowballed.”