Mesa Mt View 24 Red Mountain 7

"Three yards and a cloud of dust" was the game plan for the #8 ranked Toros. After stopping Red Mountain (ranked #4, 4-0) on their opening drive, Mt View used their wing T offense

Mesa Mt View 24         Red Mountain 7

 

 

Tonight's game was a highly anticipated one, as evidenced by the full stands and people lined up along fences. "Three yards and a cloud of dust" was the game plan for the #8 ranked Toros. After stopping Red Mountain (ranked #4, 4-0) on their opening drive, Mt View used their wing T offense and pounded the ball. They used the tough running of RBs Mike Parra and Alex DeVito to eat up the clock and march down the field in 9 plays, capped off on a Tyler Mack to Tate Ash 23 yard TD pass to make the score 7-0.

 

The Toros forced another 3-and-out and went right back to business. They went on another clock eating nine play drive doing the exact same thing. They ran trap, sweep and dive with Parra and DeVito all the way down to the Lion's 1 yard line and made the score 14-0 on a 4th down Tyler Mack TD. This is how the 1st half would end with Mt View up 14-0.

 

Mt View did a great job of keeping Red Mountain's playmakers off the field. Kenny Golladay's kicks all sailed into the end zone, denying Channing Trotter the opportunity to use his return skills to change the game and the long drives by the Toros kept both Trotter and Greg Bird off the field offensively.

 

The 3rd quarter was much of the same. Red Mountain was only able to run 6 plays in the quarter compared to the Toro's 18. On their 1st possession Red Mountain QB Nick Orr threw a pick to Kyle Curtis and Mt View went on an 11 play scoring drive that ran out the clock and put Mt View up 17-0.

 

Red Mountain was finally able to join the scoring early in the 4th quarter on a Orr to Greg Bird 32 yard TD pass to make the score 17-7. But again Mt View dominated the time of possession. They ran 19 plays in the 4th compared to Red Mountain's 4 and one of those was another interception by Curtis. A 21 yard DeVito TD run sealed the victory and ended the game with a final of Mt View 24 and Red Mountain 7.

 

Bottom Line: Mt View's best defense was their offense. They kept Red Mountain's big play threat off of the field. As a result Red Mountain never found a rhythm.

 

Game Balls:  Mt View RBs Mike Parra and Alex DeVito combined for 300 yards on the ground. With all of this success by the RBs, the OL must have been blocking well. Dusty Jones kept Jon Hargis at bay and helped pave the way for 5-6 yards per carry. DB Kyle Curtis had 2 big picks. I also want to note that I think that Red Mountain's Greg Bird is one heck of a safety. He made a ton of tackles all over the field and really brings the wood when he tackles; he had several hits that had the crowd speechless.


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