Mountain View played its most complete game of the 2019 season Friday in a 42-14 victory over Mesa High in 6A football.
The Toros stormed to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back en route to a dominating win.
While the defense stymied Mesa early and often, senior running back Joe Ball scored the first two touchdowns of the game, giving the Toros significant momentum that they rode throughout the night.
“It (the quick start) gave us a ton of energy. We kind of realized what we could do, and just said to each other that we had to keep it up,” Ball said.
The Toro front seven got pressure in Mesa’s backfield early, and disrupted plays to make easy stops in the first half.
In the second half, the Jackrabbits transitioned to a five-receiver set with quarterback John Mendoza alone in the backfield. He got the ball out quick enough so that the pass rushers could not touch him, but the defensive backs and linebackers of Mountain View did enough to not give up big plays.
“That puts a lot of pressure on our guys to not get beat, and then it’s up to them to make the tackles. I think we got beat once or twice over the top, but for the most part they did a pretty good job,” Mountain View coach Mike Fell said.
With a big lead, Mountain View did not have to continue attacking as much on offense. Rather it ran the clock down with runs, attempting and completing just one pass in the entire second half. Part of the emphasis behind not throwing was also due to the loss of their top receiver, senior Cash Clark.
Late in the second quarter, Clark suffered an apparent leg injury after a short pass play. He spent the second half icing his ankle and walking with a crutch. However, Fell said the result was merely a sprain, and Clark should not be out any significant amount of time.
The win halts a two-game losing skid and improves the Toros’ record to 2-4, with a 1-0 foray into the 6A East Valley Region schedule.
“That’s our best game so far in terms of offense and defense all coming together. We’ve got some great kids that can make plays on both sides, and it hasn’t always come together, but it did tonight,” Fell said.
“We’re 1-0 in the region now, and that’s our goal, to win the region, so tonight is a pretty good start,” Fell said.
Mountain View (2-4) hosts Westwood next Friday while Mesa (3-3) takes on Dobson.
MVT – Ball 7 run (Garcia kick), 10:44
MVT – Ball 3 run (Garcia kick), 8:30
MVT – Clark 4 pass from Nieto (Garcia kick), 1:42
MESA – Nicholson 13 pass from Mendoza (Montes de Oca kick), 9:44
MVT – Remus 67 pass from Nieto (Garcia kick), 8:12
MVT – Nieto 9 run (Garcia kick), 4:27
MESA – Green 4 pass from Mendoza (Montes de Oca kick), 11:57
MVT – Marziale 5 run (Garcia kick), 3:21