September 18, 2004
Horizon’s defensive front was torn apart by Peoria last week, but it bounced back in a big way Friday against Mountain Pointe.
The Huskies gave up less than 100 yards on the ground and Huskies receiver Ben Gomez caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Dax Crum as Horizon defeated the visiting Pride, 17-7.
"We knew this was going to be a big game," said Crum, who completed 16-of-44 passes for 193 yards with no interceptions. "Our coaches really prepared us this week to not underestimate Mountain Pointe. We knew they were a great team."
Horizon (2-1) gave up 360 rushing yards in its 35-7 loss to third-ranked Peoria last week, but that was not the case Friday against Mountain Pointe (1-2).
The defensive line of David Bertrand, Ralph Campasano, Danny Pela and Tim Sheely spent most of the evening in the Mountain Pointe backfield, dominating the Pride running game and applying pressure to quarterback Tom Grace.
As a result, Mountain Pointe gained just 233 yards, including 72 on the ground. Eighty yards came on a firstquarter pass from Grace to tight end Travis Hardee that netted Mountain Pointe its only points of the game.
"After giving up a lot of running yards last week, we did a great job against the run," Horizon coach Steve Casey said. "We put a scheme together to attack what we thought they would run and the kids did a great job of executing our game plan. Our defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage."
Horizon’s offense found the going against Mountain Pointe a bit easier, but not by much.
It took the Huskies until nearly halftime before they got on the scoreboard when Gomez caught the first of his two touchdown passes on a 2-yard slant with 9.6 seconds to play in the second quarter.
Crum and Gomez connected again on Horizon’s second possession of the second half. Gomez found his way behind the defense and Crum hit him in the end zone from 12 yards out to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead.
Mountain Pointe had three more chances in the game but never advanced the ball beyond its own 42-yard line. Horizon’s Stefan Demos kicked a 28-yard field goal with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Crum completed passes to five different receivers in the game.