Mountain View used its dominant run game to wear down the Sunnyside Blue Devils on way to a 42-14 victory in Tucson. The Toros had another huge night from stud RB Ridge Nielson who opened the scoring on his first touch when he broke away from 59 yards out and an early 7-0 lead. Sunnyside had no answer to the Toros offense in the first quarter with a handful of running backs having success behind a dominant O-line as they were able to put 7 more on the board when Nielson rumbled in from 11 yards for his 2nd TD of the night.
The Sunnyside D would toughen up early in the 2nd forcing a Mt. View punt deep in their own end zone. The Blue Devils would catch a break after a 25 yard punt would give them great field position at the Toro 30. Nielson's counterpart Mike Smith would shake off several tacklers on the next play for nice 30 yard score, cutting the deficit to 14-7.
The score would stay that way until a bizarre Sunnyside turnover gave Mt. View the ball inside the 10 with a minute to go in the half. Blue Devil QB Sammy Olivas had a pass batted into the line of scrimmage where it bounced amongst the ogres landing in the hands of a Sunnyside lineman who then made an attempt to pitch the ball to Smith but a bad toss gave the Toros possession. Justin Castillo would score seconds later to end the half with the Toros leading 21-7.
The Blue Devils looked fired up to start the 3rd when Smith broke a solid run for 23yards to midfield on his first carry. That fire was short lived when Mt. View linebacker Spencer Patterson snagged an Olivas pass at the 35 where the Toros would score two plays later on Hunter Reynolds 1 yard run. Later, Ridge Nielson added his 3rd score this time from 42 yards out after out running some Blue Devils' DBs to the end zone. Another Toro INT led to Nielson's 4th TD of the night and the Toros final score on a 19 yard run for a 42-7 lead to end the 3rd. Jovan Stevenson would punch it in from 3 yards for the Blue Devils late in the 4th to make the final score 42-14.
Bottom Line- Mountain View's offensive line was just too much for Sunnyside to handle, opening big holes and keeping the Blue Devils' LBs out of plays. Defensively, the Toros had young, Sunnyside QB Sammy Olivas rattled for most of the night forcing Sunnyside to stick to its run game. Both teams begin conference play next week with Sunnyside facing off against the Tucson Badgers and Mt. View taking on Skyline.
Game Balls- Ridge Nielson with 168 yards on 11 carries and 4 TDs in 3 quarters of work. I have to give it to Sunnyside RB Mike Smith who battled for every one of his 136 yards, carrying the ball 27 times and 1 score.