Gilbert came out on offense after a touchback on the opening kick off. It was a ground assault early on, with a series of hand offs and pitch outs by Gilbert's multi-back formations. RB Paul Perry had a couple nice carries and RB Parker Heywood pounded the inside of the line for small gains. On 3rd and 10 Heywood took a pitch down the left side and ran 60 plus yards for the touchdown, but a holding call brought the ball back and after an incomplete pass, Gilbert was forced to punt the ball away on 4th and 8. A penalty on Gilbert for "interfering with the ability to make the catch" on the punt forced a re-kick from the 9 yard line.
The Toros got the ball with a short field after the second punt – 1st and 10 on the Gilbert 46. On their first play from scrimmage Mountain View QB Blake Decker went deep to TE Ron Taylor who was open in the end zone but the ball dropped right through his arms. After an illegal blocking call on the O-line that pushed the LOS back a few yards, MV went to the ground with a pitch to senior RB Gary Bresnahan who took the ball 48 yards down the sideline for six points. The Toros lined up in their offset PAT formation and instead of moving behind the center, a direct snap to RB Ernie Perea caught the Tigers off guard and he leapt across the goal line for a 2 point conversion. With left in the first quarter
On the ensuing kick off Bret Crowe returned the ball out 14 yards from the 20 giving Gilbert 1st and 10 on the 34 for their second drive. Once again it was all Heywood and Perry, but the Tigers only moved the chains once before Perry was tackled for a loss and QB Kienan Turner was sacked by Daniel Clemons. With 4th and 18 in their own territory Gilbert punted away.
The first quarter ended with a QB keeper by Turner for no gain and a 4 yard run up the middle by Heywood. At the end of the first quarter Gilbert had yet to answer with a score and Mountain view led 8 - 0. Another run by Heywood started the 2nd quarter but it only went for 2 yards. Gilbert had 4th and 4 to go from their own 16. They punted away yet again and the kick was either shanked or partially blocked giving the Toros great field position again - on the Gilbert 34 yard line.
A pitch to WR James Kempton lost 5 yards, but Decker got 15 on the next play with a QB keeper. An unsportsmanlike like conduct penalty moved the ball even further into the red zone. With 1st and 10 on the 14 the Gilbert defense stiffened and gave up only 4 yards on a hand-off. The D sacked Decker and held him for no gain to bring up 4th down.
A couple Turner keepers got 9 yards and Heywood moved the chains on 3rd. Another QB keeper by Turner went for 15 yards to move the ball to mid-field. Anthony McDaniel came in and got 8 yards on a pitch play, but and incomplete pass and a run for no gain brought up 4th and 2. Jesse Parker went for it with Heywood stretching the ball across the first down marker – it was a first down by an inch. A pitch to Perry and a give to the full back Chase Beatty gained 9 yard total and the next play, a pitch to Heywood went for 20 yards giving the Tigers a legit scoring threat as the half wound down. With 1st and 10 from the 14, the Tigers went backwards. A false start, a scramble for 2 yards and an incomplete pass brought about 3rd and 13 with about 90 seconds left. A delay of game penalty made things worse and sensing the pressure to score Turner lobbed a pass short of the end zone only to see it get intercepted by Alex Salas who brought it out of the end zone for a 21 yard gain.
Gilbert had no time to rest because
The Toros matched the ground effort giving the ball to Bresnahan twice, once outside for 13 yards and once between the tackles for 8 yards. Brett Hardison caught a screen pass and rumbled 20 yards down the side line before getting hit hard by Gilbert safety Bret Crowe. Mountain view had gone to the Gilbert 30 yard line and was once again threatening to score, but the Gilbert D played "bend but don't break" giving up short yards on two running plays and forcing an incomplete pass on 3rd down. With a 4th and 6 it was the Toros turn to turn the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass to Perea.
Gilbert was running out of time and the volley of bouncing back and forth between the 20 yard lines by both team seemed to be the most either team could muster. However, Gilbert would burst out for the longest play of the night on their next drive. After a 5 yard run by Heywood, and a Turner keeper for no gain, Heywood took a pitch off right tackle and dashed down the sideline for a 70 yard touchdown run. The Tigers tried to match the score with a two point conversion of their own – but a fatigued Heywood was stuffed before he could cross the goal line. Just as the 3rd quarter ended, Gilbert was on the board down 8 – 6.
With one quarter to play
Gilbert had one last sustained drive but the clock was not in their favor. A 25 yard pass from Turner to Jesse Brantley kept some hope alive, and a few Turner scrambles and dump passes set up one last effort as the Tigers ran some trickery of their own on 4th and 4 from the 40 yard line. Parker drew up a double reverse pass and Chase Beatty was able to get his hands on it, but the pass was more of a lob and the Toro defenders were able to cause enough distraction for Beatty yielding the incompletion and the turn over on downs.
Bottom Line: Gilbert had their chances and simply couldn't do what it took to match
Game balls: For Gilbert, Heywood gets the helmet sticker for his hard nosed running and big play to produce the only score of the night for the Tigers. On the other side of the ball O'Brien and Crowe played well in the secondary and Richie Couch was tough to move on the line. For