While Mesa Mountain View was powering to the top seed, Mesa Dobson was left waiting for the math.
Micah Yetter didn’t gain a lot of yards (65 total) but he scored four touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the Toros’ 49-21 win over the host Mustangs on Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
The victory, coupled with Chandler Hamilton’s win over Chandler, allowed Mountain View (9-1, 5-0 5A East Valley Region) the opening to the prized No. 1 designation.
“We knew we had a chance to be the No. 1 seed but you have to take care of business,” Toros coach Tom Joseph said. “You can’t sit around and wait for other things and look at the brackets and look at who’s playing what, when and where. You can’t do that. We’d had control over this game, period.”
Mountain View had control early and had Dobson (6-4, 2-3) scratching its head, knowing only that it could get into the playoffs through the back door after two losses in the final two weeks of the season.
The Toros, who also won the region title Friday, wasted no time in going after that top seed. They scored on their third play from scrimmage — after a failed fourth-and-1 conversion by Dobson at its 37. And Mountain View kept going — scoring on all five of its first-half possessions to grab a 35-7 lead at the break.
“It was going through our minds during the week,” quarterback Riley Nielsen said of the possibility of getting the No. 1 seed. “So we were kind of rooting for Hamilton all week but we had to put that behind us so we weren’t distracted for this game.”
Distraction was not a problem. Everything clicked for the Toros, who gained 201 yards on the ground and 151 in the air and didn’t really need their first string after halftime.
“We came out strong, and our defense played pretty good,” said Yetter, who scored on runs of 10, 3 and 2 yards. “Offensively we looked good. First drive of the game, came out and scored, which really boosted us for the rest of the game.”
Dobson, meanwhile, moved the ball at times, scoring on an 82-yard drive late in the first quarter. But two interceptions, the failed fourth down play and an unsuccessful onside kick left the Mustangs well back.
Riley Nielsen completed 10-of-12 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.