In football, one play can change momentum and that certainly happened in Horizon's football game at Glendale Mountain Ridge Friday night.
Mountain Ridge was tied with Horizon at 7 when it attempted a 30-yard field goal for a potential lead. The field goal was missed right and that’s when the floodgates opened.
“It was all we need, momentum, and when we get it going it was like an avalanche,” Horizon coach Kris Heavner said.
Horizon quarterback Dalton Sneed threw for 216 yards and five touchdowns in the second quarter as the Huskies put up 35 unanswered points and bumped off the Mountain Lions 52-21 in a Division 1, Section 5 game.
“We made adjustments up front,” Sneed said, “They were bringing seven and our receivers created separation.”
Sneed threw two touchdown passes to Jason McLaurin, two more to Kristian Salinas and an 80-yard bomb to Spencer Mariciniak to blow the game open.
“Mountain Ridge did a good job of stopping our run game and spying Luke Quinn but they left our seams open,” Heavner said.
For the game, Sneed finished with 363 yards and seven touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing. Horizon has scored 189 points in the last three weeks. Sneed thinks it’s sustainable.
“I believe it is and the only thing that can stop us is ourselves,” Sneed said, “When we execute, it’s a hard offense to stop.”
Mountain Ridge (2-4, 0-1) tried to get back into it with an Austin Cottrell 17-yard touchdown catch from Robert Limmer in the final minute of the first half to make it 35-14.
It was a three-score game at the half but it didn’t matter much as Horizon got the ball to open the second half and never looked back. Horizon took the first play from scrimmage in the second half and turned it into an 80-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin that broke the game open.
“That really might have sealed the deal, Sneed said.
The Huskies added a safety in third quarter as well as a 64-yard touchdown pass from Sneed to Carter McCarthy that ended Horizon’s scoring.
That was a stark contrast from the first quarter where the Huskies were held to four yards of total offense.
“They did some different stuff on defense and changed things up but we changed up offensively and let it rip,” Heavner said.
Horizon 51, Mountain Ridge 21
First Downs: H 18, MR 16
Rushing: H 24-98, MR 42-238
Passing: (C-A-YDS-TD-INT) H 16-23-378-7-0; MR 10-26-128-0-1
Fumbles-Lost: H 3-0 MR 3-1
Penalties-Yards: H 8-85; MR 11-102
Horizon 7 7 0 7 -- 21
Mountain Ridge 0 35 16 0 -- 51
MR Zach Miller 3 run (Logan Besore kick)
H Jason McLaurin 57 pass from Dalton Sneed (Danny McAtamney kick)
H Spencer Marciniak 80 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H McLaurin 10 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H Kristian Salinas 35 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H Salinas 20 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
MR Austin Cottrell 17 pass from Robert Limmer (Besore kick)
H McLaurin 80 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H Safety intentional grounding in end zone by Limmer
H Carter McCarthy 64 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
MR Logan Knott 1 rush (Billy Evans kick)