Mt. View v. Westwood

Warriors top Toros in thriller

Mt. View v. Westwood





Just like last year, we had another great game in the battle for Mesa bragging rights as #2 Mt. View took on #3 Westwood.


It looked like the Warriors were going to run away with the game in the first half. They played very tough defense and took a 12-0 lead into halftime behind a 1 yard Jay Leal touchdown run and an 11 yard Brice Wilkins to Ty Nielson TD strike. The only negative for Westwood was they missed a PAT and failed on a two-point conversion try. They were able to move the ball very well, using Kiegan Thompson, Ricardo Garcia, Jay Leal and Brice Wilkins to pound out big gains. The Warrior D held Ridge Nielsen to 8 yards rushing in the 1st half.


But the Toros would not lay down and die. DB Aaron Rhodes intercepted Wilkins on the 4th play of the 2nd half and march down 50 yards in 11 plays to get their 1st score of the night. The series was kept alive on a fake punt pass completion from Ridge Nielsen to Eric Barber and QB Riley Nielsen jumped in from 3 yards out. Mt. View hit the crucial; extra point to make it 12-7.


Jay Leal put Westwood up by 8 when he hit a 32 yard FG early in the 4th quarter.


The next series the Toros marched down the field behind very tough running from Riley Nielsen and it looked like they would tie the game up until Ridge Nielsen fumbled the ball inside the Warrior's 5 yard line. It looked like that was the end of the Toros but the defense forced Brice Wilkins to fumble two plays later and Mt. View recovered. One play later Marc Castillo dove in from 1 yard out and Riley Nielsen added the two-point conversion to even the score at 15.


Wilkins and Westwood got the ball back at the 10 yard line with just under 3 minutes to go and Brice Wilkins decided to redeem himself for that fumble. He hit Paul Mallory, Jay Leal on big passes during the drive before he found Anthony Turner from 3 yards out to put his team up for good. Wilkins was 5 of 7 on the drive and showed great poise in leading his team to a 2-15 win.




The Westwood defense was spectacular, holding Ridge Nielsen to 37 yards on the night. They are a dangerous team because they can do so many things. They can hurt you with a 3-headed running attack or use Wilkins in the option. Just when a team focuses on stopping the run, Wilkins can hurt you with his arm.


I still think Mt. View is a contender. Getting shut out in the 1st half really hurt them. They will be one of the final teams playing when all things are said and done.


Game Balls:


The Westwood defense for containing Ridge Nielsen and pressuring Riley Nielsen all night.


Brice Wilkins was unofficially 16/22 for 205 and 2 TDs. He also made several big runs.


I want to give props to Mt. View QB Riley Nielsen for playing hard and keeping his team in the game. He showed tremendous heart creating several plays and breaking a ton of tackles to keep his team's hopes alive.  

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