Mt. Ridge v. Dobson

Mountain Ridge Rolls Defeats Dobson despite Richmond's effort

Mountain Ridge wasn't sure what it had gotten itself into after Dobson's outstanding running back Marcus Richmond went 68 yards for a score the first time the Mustangs had the ball in Thursday night's Cox7 Game of the Week.  It looked like a shootout was on the way.


However, the Mountain Lions tightened up, utilizing a bend but don't break defense led by pick master Jon Ott to slow down the rushing attack of Dobson.  The offense finally worked it out and the "Ridge cruised to a 46-21 win.


It was the Marcus Richmond show in the first quarter.  In addition to the long run for a score, he also returned a kickoff 65 yards to set up his own short TD run to give the Mustangs a short lived 14-11 lead.  Richmond would have taken it to the house if not for an outstanding effort by Ott to run him down.  On the night, Marcus would rush for over 200 yards, almost seventy percent of Dobson's total for the night.


After Jordan Scott picked off a Chris Lewis pass on the 3 yard line, Mountain Ridge went 97 yards on just 5 plays to take the lead for good, Tony Paul doing the damage on a 16 yard run. 


After that, the Mountain Lions were in control.  The defense did a nice job the rest of the way on Richmond.  The Washington State bound senior never did get off another big gainer, though he consistently gained tough yards.  No doubt this guy is a premier running back that the Cougars will covet over the next four years.  Ott had two interceptions for the second straight game, while Spencer Ast, David Campbell, and the rest of the defense stiffened up.


Offensively, the Mountain Lions pretty much moved the ball at will.  They totaled 449 yards of offense.  Quarterback Chris Johnston was 6 of 11 for 224 yards and 2 TDs.  Paul, the talented transfer from Deer Valley, looks like he's finally finding his way in the offense.  He caught three balls from Johnston for 113 yards and a big 90 yard score on a quick strike he took the distance.  Jordan Scott rushed for 63 yards and Ott chipped in with 30 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards, while scoring three times. 


Mountain Ridge looks to be the cream of the new 5A Northwest region, though North Canyon could have a say in that.  They are going to have to tighten up the defense come playoff time to have a shot at the East valley schools along with Brophy  and St. Mary's.  They have the talent to do it and look like they are getting better each week.


Dobson has a lot of key injuries and were hurt by dropped passes and interceptions.  To survive the East Valley region, they have to eliminate these.  Lewis has a nice arm and will need to gain confidence in his receivers to stop teams from putting eight men in the box to stuff Richmond.  The Mustangs are not real deep and can be worn down.  The offense will score points and they're going to have to outscore most teams they play.


We're off to the North side next week to check out some of the best talent in the state.  Jermaine Williams and the Maryvale Panthers  will try to bring down the House, Centennial's Tim House and the rest of the Coyotes on the Cox7 Thursday night game of the week. This promises to be a good one.  Don't miss it next Thursday at 7 on Cox7, the home of high school sports.  See you then.

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