Red Mountain v. Desert Ridge

Red Mountain rolls behind five Jarison Johnson touchdowns



The 2-0 Red Mountain Mountain Lions traveled to take on the 1-1 Desert Ridge Jaguars Friday night. The game started with Red Mountain receiving the kickoff. Jarison Johnson followed a wall of blockers down the right side and shot through for an 86 yard touchdown to make it 7-0, 12 seconds into the game.


Desert Ridge answered with a long 15 play 86 yard drive. Josh Cain completed 6 of 12 passes on the drive, including conversions of 3rd and 3, 3rd and 9, 4th and 3, and finally, on 3rd and 17, a 35 yard touchdown strike to Chris Heldore. The extra point failed, making the score 7-6 with 7:16 remaining in the first quarter.


The Jaguars recovered an onside kick, with Kevin Henry doing the honors and drove 47 yards in just 5 plays for their second score. A shovel pass from Cain to Chris Olivas went for 11 yards and the touchdown, with the extra point giving the Jaguars a 13-7 lead with the clock showing 4:43.


Red Mountain's offense finally took the field, and drove 80 yards in 9 plays. Taylor Sare started it with a 30 yard scamper and finished it with a 1 yard plunge, making it 14-13 with 1:57 left.


The Lions forced a 3 and out, then drove 51 yards on 8 plays, with Johnson scoring from 15 yards away to make it 21-13, 10:13 before halftime.


The Jaguars then had a chance to get back in the game with their best drive of the quarter. Aided by a Lion's holding penalty on 3rd and 10, the Jaguars moved to the Lions 10, where they faced a 4th and 1 situation. However, the snap was fumbled, and the Lion's Austin Mapes recovered at the 9. A 34 yard Johnson run followed by a late hit sparked the Lions to another scoring drive, this time 91 yards on 8 plays, finished by Johnson's 15 yard TD run, making it 28-13 at the 4:11 mark.


The Jaguars had another chance after the Lions muffed a punt and Desert Ridge recovered at the Lions 44, but the Lions pass rush was starting to get through to Cain, and they sacked him on 3rd and 8.


The Lions got the ball back with 51.9 seconds left at their own 34. Two Taylor Perkins runs, both ending with late hits by the Jaguars, put the ball on the Jaguar 11. Jarison Johnson punched it in from 3 yards out with just 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 35-13 Lions at halftime.


The second half started with a strong Jaguar drive, 65 yards to the Lion's 14, however a 4th down pass which would have been a touchdown was dropped. Red Mountain then went 83 yards on 11 plays. Aaron Ellsworth caught 3 passes on the drive, and Jarison finished with a 1 yard dive for his 5th touchdown of the game. 42-13 with 4:41 left in the 3rd quarter to end the competitive stages of the game.


The remainder of the scoring was a Lions 38 yard TD run by Sare with :21.8 left in the 3rd. The Jaguars then added a score on 10 yard pass from Cain to Chris Jamison and a Cain run for the 2 pt. conversion with 11:16 remaining. Red Mountain closed the scoring with 6:14 left on Kelvin Pruitt's 5 yard touchdown run.


Bottom Line:


The Jaguars threw the ball all over the field, racking up 353 passing yards. However, they ran for 0 yards, while the Lions rushed for 374. Once the Lions were able to start rushing the passer more effectively, they were able to keep the Jaguars from getting into the end zone until the outcome had been decided. The Jaguars were never able to stop the Lions' running game and Red Mountain was able to wear down the Jaguars as the game went on.


Game Balls:


Desert Ridge: Josh Cain put up ridiculous numbers, completing 25-47 for 353 yards and 3 TDs. Heldore had 8 catches for 153, while Lucas Robinson grabbed 8 for another 112. Defensively they were led in tackling by Ben Amerson and Justin Gray.


Red Mountain: Jarison Johnson, of course, was the player of the game, 20 carries for 167 yards, 4 TDs, plus the kickoff return. Aaron Ellsworth caught 6 passes for 85 yards. On defense, Joe Soria was the leading tackler with all the pass receptions. David Blare and Kolten Molina also played well.

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