This game was highly anticipated for a variety of reasons. One, it was an always controversial East Valley versus West Valley match up and two, Centennial just jumped up into the 5A ranks.
Centennial would answer back at the end of the 1st quarter when Coyote QB Shane Mascarenas found WR Justin Garman for a 25 yard touchdown strike to even the score at 7-7. The two connected twice on the drive for a total of 36 yards.
Both teams remained scoreless until Nielson ran in for his 2nd touchdown of the night from 31 yards out with about 4 minutes to play in the half. Nielson then added a 2 point conversion to make the score 15-7 Toros.
Mt View opened up the 2nd half much like the 1st with a 21 yard Ridge Nielson TD run on their 1st possession of the half. That was Nielson's 3rd TD of the game and it made the score 22-13 Toros. The Toros were able to chew up a bunch of clock with the tough running of Justin Castillo.
Mt View added another score early in the 4th quarter when QB Riley Nielson hit Spencer Patterson for a 56 yard touchdown strike which made the score 29-13. Centennial was never really able to recover as the Mt View defense held Centennial runningback Tim House in check for most of the evening and gave the offense good field position.
The Toro defense sealed the deal when corner back Chris Ng picked off Centennial backup QB Lucas Merill and returned it for a touchdown to make the final score 35-13 Toros.
Final Mt View 35 Centennial 13
Mt View looks like the same old Mt View; tough, undersized kids that play hard and relentless. Ridge Nielson is a player, he runs extremely hard, is elusive for his size and doubles as a very good DE.
Don't count Centennial out. They played hard and they still have to break in an entirely new offensive line, who is not as big as last year's but will be bigger than most lines they will face this year. Tim House is their playmaker, he is shifty and strong. Mt View held him to under 100 yards rushing with great discipline but expect Tim to have some big games later this year. We will have to check on the status of Coyote QB Shane Mascarenas, who went out with an injury. His backup, Merrill, actually looked solid as did WR Warren Johnson.
Mt View RB/DE Ridge Nielson. He had 3 TDs, 1 2 point conversion and was all over the field on defense.