Red Mountain v. Desert Ridge

Jaguar shatters passing record, but Lions win game


Red Mountain broke in a brand new scoreboard for tonight's game, and the Lions and Jaguars gave it a workout it may not see again for some time.


In a game that few people who witnessed it will ever forget, Jaguar's quarterback Kevin Pantastico threw for a mind-boggling 595 yards, but still saw his team lose to Red Mountain 43-40. It may have been the craziest game in each schools' histories.


Red Mountain won the toss, and on their first possession got one first down before fumbling the ball to the Jaguars at midfield. Desert Ridge struck on a 4th and 1 play, a 28 yard scoring pass from Pantastico to Brandon Mapalo, and the PAT by Tusyen Ho made it 7-0 at the 8:52 mark. Red Mountain answered with a 61 yard scoring drive on 4 plays, all runs by Derek Molina, including the 32 yard scoring run, with Colton Sheley's kick tying it at 7 with 7:18 on the clock.


The Jaguars took just one play to regain the lead. Pantastico threw a pass to Chris Heldore at midfield, and he took it the rest of the way for an 80 yard score. The PAT hit the crossbar, making it 13-7. Red Mountain then picked up a few first downs before being forced to punt. The punt pinned the Jaguars back on their own 7, but on the very next play, Pantastico once again hooked up with Heldore on a 93 yard score, making it 20-7 with 3:52 still remaining in the first quarter. That gave him a first quarter stat line of 4-5 for 205 yards and 3 TD's.


Red Mountain then drove 72 yards on 11 plays, with the big play being a 40 yard pass from Derek Mendoza to Cody Saul that converted a 3rd and 16. Mendoza finished the drive with a quarterback sneak from 1 yard away, making it 20-14 Jaguars with 11:37 left until halftime. The Jaguars came back with a 72 yard scoring drive of their own, the big play being a 24 yard pass to Paris Clark on 4th down taking the ball to the Lions 5. From there, Pantastico hit Heldore for the touchdown, making it 27-14 at the 10:43 mark.


The Lions went 3 and out, then were finally able to force a Desert Ridge punt. Red Mountain drove 62 yards in 9 plays, with the score a 5 yard pass from Mendoza to Cody Saul. 32 seconds later, Kris Moksvold stepped in front of a Pantastico pass and brought the interception back 22 yards for the touchdown, giving the Lions the lead, 28-27 with 2:01 left still in the first half. The Lions had one more chance to score after a Jaguar fumble, but Sheley's 45 yard field goal attempt was wide left. At halftime, Pantastico's totals were 15-21 for 348 yards, 4 TD's and 1 INT.


The second half started with more Jaguar fireworks. Pantastico threw touchdown pass number 5, a 51 yarder to Paris Clark, making it 34-28 at the 10:28 mark. After trading punts, the Lions drove deep into Jaguar territory, but on 4th and 1 at the 15, they fumbled and Kevin Ashak recovered for the Jags. The Lions got it right back thanks to Brett Cerqua's interception. 3 plays later, Derek Molina scored from 17 yards away to give the Lions the lead again, 35-34 with 5:01 left in the 3rd.


On the very next play, the Jags surged back ahead when Pantastico hit Chris Jamsion on an 80 yard touchdown pass. The Lions then went 3 and out, but the Lions got their 3rd interception of the day afterwards, this time by Brendan Murphy. Murphy then later caught a 27 yard pass from Colton Sheley on a fake punt that took the ball to the Jaguar 19, but the Lions turned the ball over on downs at the 14 with 11:09 now remaining in the game.


The Jaguars next drive was killed by a holding penalty, and the Lions took over after the punt at their own 45. Behind the running of Derek Molina, the Lions drove down the field, scoring on Mendoza's quarterback sneak from the 1. Mendoza then hit Jon Petsch for the 2 point conversion to put the Lions ahead 43-40 with 7:13 remaining.


The Jaguars drove one final time, from their own 18 to the Lions 19 before stalling. They attempted a 37 yard field goal to tie the game, but it sailed wide left. The Lions had 4:07 left to run off the clock, and they did so, thanks to a huge 18 yard pass to Saul on 3rd and 12, and more hard running by Molina. The final seconds elapsed at 10:02 PM, and the Lions had the victory.


Bottom Line

Wow. The speed of the Jaguars skill players was too much for the Lions, but they made enough mistakes to keep them from winning the game. The Lions made plays on offense when they had to, and had a much more balanced attack than the air it out Jaguars.


Game Balls

For the Jaguars, is there any question? Pantastico was 23-44 for 595 yards and 6 TD's, but the 3 INT's hurt the Jaguars badly.  Chris Heldore had 3 of the touchdowns and was the fastest man on the field. Defensively, the standouts were Alex Gonzalez, Sam Papa, and Kevin Ashak.


For Red Mountain, Derek Molina rushed 33 times for 211 yards and 2 TD's. Derek Mendoza ran for 2 scores and was 11-19 for 154 yards and 1 TD.


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