Many people did not give Mt. Pointe a chance against national power Bishop Gorman in tonight's Sollenberger Classic matchup but the Pride showed they had the speed, power and toughness to play with the best in tonight's 28-21 win.
Mt. Pointe started the game with emotion, forcing a Gorman punt and wasting no time to score. Speedy RB Paul Lucas took the Pride's first play 48 yards to the house for a score. 7-0 Mt. Pointe.
Early in the second quarter it looked like Mt. Pointe would extend their lead but fumbled the ball inside the 20. The Gaels capitalized, driving 80 yards to tie the score.
RB Daniel Stewart had a 23 yard run on the drive and QB Randall Cunningham hooked up with Obin Okeke for Gorman's first score of the night.
Mt. Pointe got the ball back with 4 minutes in the half and used all but 8 seconds of the clock to regain the lead. QB Antonio Hinojosa found Tim Hernandez twice on 3rd and long situations, one to keep the drive alive and the other on 19 yard TD pass.
14-7 Mt. Pointe up at half.
The Pride dodged a bullet to start the 2nd half. After fumbling the opening kickoff, the defense hung tough and kept Gorman out of the end zone.
Mt. Pointe took to the ground, using Wesley Payne and Lucas to add another score. Payne, who played outstanding on both sides of the ball all night, had a 35 yard run and Lucas scored for the second time, this time from 39 yards out.
21-7 Mt. Pointe.
Gorman being Gorman, didn't give up. QB Randall Cunningham took to the ground on the next drive, scampering 34 yards and for a short score to cut the lead to 21-14.
That would remain the score until midway through the 4th quarter when Payne got his first score of the night. He ran in from a few yards out after setting the Pride up with a big run to the 5 yard line.
Gorman still had some fight in them, Daniel Stewart returned the kickoff to cut the lead back to 28-21.
With 4:50 left, Mt. Pointe feed the ball to Payne and Lucas and ran the clock out.
Final Mt. Pointe 28 Bishop Gorman 21
Mt. Pointe showed they are for real. They are more then just Jalen Brown and Natrell Curtis. They have a legit cast of playmakers and are very good on defense. Despite four turnovers, Mt. Pointe beat a very talented Bishop Gorman team that likely will win their fifth straight Nevada state title in a row.
I will give one to senior LB/RB Wesley Payne and one to junior RB Paul Lucas. Payne was great on both sides of the ball. He was all over the field on defense, had over 100 yards rushing on O and scored 1 TD. Lucas averaged over 10 yards per carry and scored twice.
Mt. Pointe Makes a Statement
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