Red Mountain v. Westwood

Red Mountain Takes Out East Valley Foe Westwood on Cox 7 Thursday Night

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 Red Mountain.


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 effort.


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 game.


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.


Red Mountain 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.

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