On paper, the game between the Red
Mountain Mountain Lions and the Westwood Warriors was supposed to be a close
match-up between the second and third-ranked power point teams in the
state. Apparently nobody told
The Mountain Lions dominated from
the opening whistle, scoring their first touchdown just minutes into the game
and eventually beating the Warriors 38-14.
Westwood was unable to cope with
Red Mountain's running game, as the Mountain
Lions racked up 324 yards on ground.
Senior running back Jarison Johnson led the attack, rushing for 166 yards
and two touchdowns. One of those
touchdowns came on an 83-yard scamper in which Johnson took the hand-off at his
own 17 yard line, cut through the hole and went pretty much untouched all the
way to the end zone. Johnson
averaged 8.7 yards per carry on the night.
Westwood was not completely
helpless though, as their quarterback Brandon Large threw for one score and ran
for another. Large gained 274 yards
through the air, completing 62 percent of his passes in a losing
Although the night was full of
positives for Red
Mountain, there was a
somberness to the victory, as they lost Aaron Ellsworth, their big play wide
receiver to injury. Ellsworth, who
also returns punts for the Mountain Lions, had already caught one TD when he
landed awkwardly on his left knee after being hit in the first quarter. He would not return to the
The game ball this week goes to the
Red Mountain offensive line. The Lions' O-line enabled them to
control the possession of the ball, keeping the Warrior offense off the
field. In addition, Red Mountain had two running backs who rushed
for over 90 yards, the other being senior Taylor Sare.
improved to 6-1 on the year, with their only loss coming to #1 Hamilton. The Mountain Lions will visit Dobson
next week. Westwood fell to 5-3 and
have a tough task ahead of them, as they host Mountain View next week.