This was a big game versus two evenly matched teams. Both of these squads have traditionally been undersized, tough teams with no superstars, just quality high school football players that do what it takes to win.
The difference tonight was the running of Mt. View RB Ridge Nielsen. Coach Joseph went to him early and often. The scoring kicked off midway through the 1st quarter, after Gilbert fell short on 4th and goal, when Nielsen raced 80 yards for his 1st of two scores on the night. Making the score 7-0 Toros.
Gilbert answered back with a 10 play 65 yard scoring drive. Tiger junior QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero was 6 for 7 on the drive spreading the ball out to RB John Coon, WRs Bryan McDaniel, Nico Sessions and Brian Christie. He found Christie on a beautiful 30 yard scoring strike to even the score at 7-7 early in the 2nd.
Gilbert squib kicked the kick off,
Mt. View RB Ridge Nielsen- 9 carries for 132 yards and 1 TD
Gilbert QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero- 12/21 for 147 and 1 TD
Gilbert WR Bryan McDaniel- 7 catches for 97 yards
Neither team would score in the 3rd quarter but the 4th quarter would kick of with a little controversy. The Toros marched down the field to the Tiger 1 yard line. A false start penalty pushed them back to the 6 and in a certain field goal situation. Coach Joseph decided to go for it and QB Riley Nielsen rolled out and dove into the corner and looked to be shoved out of bounds, but the refs would disagree and Mt. View took a 2 score lead after the 2-point conversion. Toros 21-7.
The Tigers would not fold as they started to move the ball down the field behind Newhall-Caballero's completions to McDaniel and Coon. But two passes later, Toro CB Eric Barber intercepted Caballero's pass at the 5 yard line and halted any chances of scoring.
The back breaker came on the very next play as Ridge Nielsen raced 95 yards for his 2nd TD to put the Tigers away and make the score 28-7.
Gilbert scored late when Caballero hooked up with Sessions for a 3 yard score. Caballero hit McDaniel for the 2-point conversion to finish off the score at 28-15.
Ridge Nielsen is a player. He wore down the Gilbert defense, carrying defenders for big gains. I think Gilbert is still a very good football team; they just need to get the ground game going to compliment Newhall-Caballero. They could be tough come playoff time.
Ridge Nielsen was absolutely awesome on both sides of the ball. He had nearly 300 yards on the ground and harassed the QB all night.
Kyle Newhall-Caballero is as impressive as a QB as I have seen this year. He was 26 of 40 for 293, 2 TDs, 1 INT and 1 2-point conversion. (since when does Gilbert throw this much?)
Bryan McDaniel caught 13 balls for 151 yards and a 2-point conversion.
These are unofficial stats