After a sluggish start to the season Mesa Mountain View returned to form, at least for one week, as the Toros defeated crosstown rival Dobson 50-20 Friday in 5A-I Central Region play.
Visiting Mountain View (2-2, 1-0) held its own after a sloppy start and scored 43 straight points to put the game out of reach. The debilitating attack was spearheaded by senior running back Jacom Brimhall. The shifty Brimhall, listed generously at 5-foot-6, scored four touchdowns and added a two-point conversion, snapping the Toros' two-game losing streak.
Brimhall finished the game with 168 yards on the ground for three touchdowns and added two catches for 84 yards and a score. The Mustangs (1-4, 0-1) had trouble containing the quick back, especially when he worked outside the hash marks, success the senior attributes to solid blocking and technique.
"It's lots from the line and getting hooks from the receivers," Brimhall said. "They definitely did a good job of cracking back, and my line really opened up some holes today."
The Toros finished the day with 251 yards on the ground, controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night.
However, it wasn't a wave of Toro Red the whole night.
The Mustangs came out of the gate strong, going 80 yards on a 12-play opening drive, capped off by a 7-yard scamper by quarterback Jordan Gruber. The drive featured the athletic combination of Gruber and fellow senior and leading rusher Terrance Martin. At times, the two looked unstoppable, smoothly running an option play and counters for Martin that kept Mountain View on its heels.
However, the Toros responded on their first play from scrimmage when quarterback Brad Heap found Brimhall wide open on a seam route to tie the game up.
"We definitely came out flat," Brimhall said. "Our defense has definitely been struggling, but we're young and our offense knew we were going to come out strong. We had that play written up based on what we saw in film this week."
Dobson attempted to take the momentum back on the next drive when Gruber found Martin on a simple swing pass, and the explosive back took it 65 yards for the score. But Brimhall and Heap showed their veteran leadership, as the Toros scored 43 straight for an eventual 30-point victory.
All is not lost for the struggling Mustangs, who hope to build from their glimpses of success for the rest of the Central Region schedule.
"That first quarter, we showed we can play with anybody," Dobson coach Alex Jacobson said. "We have to build some depth. That's going to be a key for us, and we have to build some discipline."
Both teams continue region play next week as Mountain View takes on Tempe Corona del Sol at home and Dobson travels to Gilbert.
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Dobson scores on an opening 12-play drive, as Jordan Gruber takes a QB keeper in for a 7-yard TD. Dobson 7, Mountain View 0.
Mountain View scores on its first play, an 80-yard TD pass from Heap to Brimhall. Dobson 7, Mountain View 7 in the first quarter.
And just like that, Dobson retakes the lead on a 65-yard pass from Gruber to Martin. 14-7 Mustangs.
Heap scores on an 11-yard QB sneak and Brimhall adds the 2-point conversion. Mountain View 15, Dobson 14 with 31 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Brimhall scores his second TD of the game on a 2-yard run to make it Mountain View 22, Dobson 14 in the second quarter.
Brimhall scores on a 4-yard scamper for Mountain View, his third TD of the first half, to make it 29-14 Mountain View over Dobson late in the second quarter.
Hinton grabs a 17-yard TD pass from Heap to give Mountain View a 36-14 lead late in the second quarter. That's 29 straight points for Mountain View.
Brimhall scores his fourth TD of the game and Mountain View now leads Dobson 43-14 with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Mountain View (1-2) vs. Dobson (1-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa
Key matchup: Mountain View defense vs. Mustangs offense, particularly running back Terrence Martin, who has enjoyed a couple of huge games so far.
Key stat: Dobson has not defeated Mountain View since 1992, a streak covering 16 consecutive meetings.
The intrigue: Whose momentum is stronger, Mountain View’s negative vibes from a two-game losing streak or Dobson’s resounding win vs. Yuma Kofa?