David Hamblin started things off for the Toro O with a hand-off up the middle but lost a yard on the effort. It was back up QB Blake Decker behind center for the injured Alex Harris – and on his first pass he hit tightend Ron Taylor for a 32 yard completion. Another Hamblin hand off gained nothing, a swing pass to James Kempton gained 4 yards, and Decker called his own number with a keeper up the middle for 8 yards. Decker threw an incomplete pass to
Four straight hand offs to Johnson moved the chains twice for the Lions but Taylor Perkins' pass intended for Chance Roberts was tipped and intercepted by Mountain View's Steve Daley.
It was a mixture of Johnson and Sare again as the Lions started their third drive. As the first quarter ended the Lions had the ball and were trying to get to the red zone. The first play in the second quarter was a Johnson run for 3 yards and a Lion first down. A pass attempt to Molina was incomplete but a holding call on
Mountain View went to the air as they tried to reply with a score of their own. A Decker pass to Ernie Perea was good for 24 yards and the Lions roughed the passer giving the Toros extra yards. A couple Hamblin hand offs and a quick out pass to Kempton set up 1st and 10 on the Lions 36 yard line. The Toros smelled blood and went for the end-zone on a Decker pass attempt over the middle that went long, but the refs called a pass interference on the Lions secondary and a second personal foul call after the play on the Lions as well. The Toros had the ball 1st and 10 on the 11 yard line. Blare was in on the tackle of a 2 yard gain by Perea. Another 3 yards by Perea brought up 3rd and 5 on the six yard line. The Toros went deep into the play book as Decker handed off to Perea on a sweep who faked the run but threw incomplete to
Working from their own 2 yard line, Johnson went to work for
Mountain View started on offense to get the second half going – but it was
Jake Fitzgerald grabbed the ball as the return man was knocked down resulting in a Toro penalty for obstructing the catch. Fitzgerald was able to gain decent yardage on the return so the penalty was declined. Two quick hand offs to Johnson and an incomplete pass by Perkins brought up 4th and 9 on the 31. Sheley was brought in for a field goal from almost the exact spot where he had made the 47 yarder in the first half, only this time the kick was blocked by
Mountain View's second drive of the half seemed to be going in reverse as Perea fumbled a sweep pitch and lost 10 yards. Then a holding penalty brought the ball back even further bringing up 2nd and 33 on the 24 yard line. But Decker went to the air and threaded a pass just beyond the Lion secondary and into the arms of Gary Bresnahan who out ran the defense and scored a 76 yard Toro touchdown. The PAT was good and
After the kickoff it was all Johnson – from 1st and 10 on their own 30 yard line. Johnson got the ball 6 times getting positive yardage each time. Perkins kept the ball on a keeper play and scrambled for 10 yards. On a key 4th and 1 play Johnson got the job done and moved the chains. Despite a couple holding calls the Lions were moving down the field. A pass from Perkins to Seth Derouen went for 12 yards across the middle and Kelvin Pruitt came in for a quick run up the middle for 2 yards. It was Pruitt again on 3rd down, this time he found a seam between the tackles on the hand off and went 23 yards for a TD. The PAT was good and the Lions answered Mountain Views TD with one of their own…10 – 7 Red Mountain late in the third.
Hamblin had some decent runs and Kempton caught a quick pass as the 4th quarter began. A Decker scramble lost 2 yards and CB Kolten Molina had a nice tackle and a pass break up on a bold 4th and 3 attempt in their own territory to force another Toro turnover on downs.
With excellent field position Johnson went 7 yards on first and 10 from the Toro 32 yard line. A quick pass from Perkins to Sare gained 5 yards. The Lions had the ball on the edge of the red zone with 1st and 10 on the 20. But the Mt. View D stepped it up with a serious tackle on Johnson by Keith Strickland and good side line to side line effort to force a 4th and 1 on the 11. Johnson was stopped short and it was
Mountain View went back to the running game on first and second down with little reward. On a third and 9 play Decker found a leaping Ron Taylor who made a nice grab for 12 yards and moved the chains. They should have went back to the air but instead forced the ground game on Red Mountain's seemingly fresher D-line and the Toros once again found themselves in a 4th and short situation on their side of the 50. Once again they went for it and once again the Lion D came up big when a pitch to Hamblin was stuffed by a couple Lion defenders including Zack Manis.
But the Toros would not go quietly. Perea took the kick off return 20 yards out to the 30. An incomplete pass to Brett Hardison drew a yellow hanky by the ref for pass interference on
Needing another score and with only 1:49 left to play the Toros went for the onside kick, but Red Mountain's Julian Madison was there to grab the ball.
Bottom line – This was just the type of game you thought you would see by these two teams. Lots of running plays, rare but efficient pass plays, and serious smash mouth defense by both sides. The
Game balls – Whenever you have teams like these two it is hard to pin point the "stars of the game." Each player plays sound fundamental ball and the teams play as a whole. A couple players stood out however. For
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