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Top-seeded Mountain Pointe overwhelms Cibola

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:49 am | Updated: 12:54 am, Sat Nov 3, 2012.

Yuma Cibola earned an automatic berth into the Division l playoffs by finishing third in its section despite being outside of the final 16 in power points.

The 16th-seeded Raiders were no match for top-seeded Mountain Pointe, though, as the Pride rolled to a 49-0 first-round win Friday night.

Mountain Pointe (10-1) advances to host ninth-seeded Desert Mountain next Friday.

"It's playoff time, our time, the weather is getting cooler," Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. "It was a good team victory with good efforts on both sides of the kicking game, the offense and defense."

It was the second straight game in which the Pride defense did not allow a touchdown. They now have given up a total of eight points over the last four games.

The Mountain Pointe defense yielded only 109 yards of total offense to Cibola. Jordan Mitchell had 35 of those yards on just six carries before he left the game early with a leg injury and never returned.

"It was our goal to hold them under 100 yards,” senior linebacker Landry Payne said. “We fly around on defense and try to set up our offense. "We just wanted to stay focused and not look past anybody."

Pride senior running back Thomas Warren, while not getting large chunks of yards, scored three touchdowns, and the duo of quarterback Antonio Hinojosa and receiver Jalen Brown hooked up for a pair of touchdowns.

Garrett Craig had his seventh 100-yard rushing game with 112 yards on only eight carries. Craig took one to the house for 55 yards in the second quarter for his 22nd touchdown of the season.

The biggest crowd pleaser came when Ciyre Simmons returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, showing several slick moves along the way.

"It feels good to have a team with so many different weapons," Payne said.

Payne turned in a pair of defensive gems on two straight plays, one a sack for a 10-yard loss to pin the Raiders deep.

"I saw the boot(leg), and the running back didn't block so I went for it and got the sack," Payne said.

Travonn White then returned a punt 25 yards to the Cibola 21. On the very next play, Hinojosa found Brown, who had easily beat his coverage to get open in the corner of the end zone.

Another big stop saw Charlie Trevino haul down a receiver for a loss of 4 yards at Cibola's 1-yard line. After only a 17-yard punt, the Pride scored with 34 seconds left before halftime on a 3-yard pass from Hinojosa to Brown to build a 35-0 halftime cushion.

DeJhon Edwards had two catches for 36 yards, and his 42-yard run on a counter set up the second of Warren's three touchdowns. Cibola never came close to scoring after the opening drive, when Edgar Gastelum had plenty of distance but missed wide left on a 52-yard field-goal attempt.

"We wanted that shutout. Our defense knows it is playoff time and played well," Payne added.

Mountain Pointe 49, Yuma Cibola 0

C    0    0    0   0  --   0

MP 14  21  14  0  --  49

MP- Warren 7 run (Sheehan kick)

MP- Warren 1 run (Sheehan kick)

MP- Brown 21 pass from Hinojosa (Sheehan kick)

MP- Craig 55 run (Sheehan kick)

MP- Brown 3 pass from Hinojosa (Sheehan kick)

MP- Simmons 80 yard interception return (Abercrombie kick)

MP- Warren 5 run (Sheehan kick)

Team stats

First Downs: C 10, MP 18

Rushing: C 31-51, MP 22-200

Passing: C 8-15-2-58, MP 8-12-1-96

Fumbles: C 3-1, MP 2-1

Penalties: C 6-38, MP 8-66

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]