Mesa Red Mountain continued its winning ways behind the duo of Mason Thorman and Drake Pierre Friday night, grabbing a 35-14 victory over Mesa in a Division I game.
Red Mountain scored 28 points in the first half and never looked back, going to 4-0 on the season and announcing themselves as a legitimate Division I contender.
Thorman finished 11 of 17 passing for 171 yards and four touchdowns along with an interception. Pierre finished the night with four receptions for 73 yards and three touchdown catches.
Mesa looked overmatched and lethargic for most of the night, succumbing to over 50 yards in penalties and a tough Red Mountain defense drive-after-drive.
Most of the offensive production was shouldered by quarterback Lucas Moen, who scored Mesa’s only two touchdowns by rushing for 7 and 50-yard scores in garbage time.
Moen was effective in the rushing attack, accounting for 114 yards on the ground, but finished with just four yards passing on 5 of 8 attempts and fumbled the ball in the second quarter.
Thorman’s signature moment in the game came when Red Mountain was penalized for three holding calls in a row, taking them back more than 20 yards to face a second and 33 situation.
He dropped back and hit Pierre for a 51-yard score, taking the game up to 21-0 in the middle of the second quarter.
Red Mountain was also helped by junior running back Adarian Limbs, who had a season best 136 yards rushing and a 1-yard touchdown to put Red Mountain up 35-7 in the fourth quarter.
Red Mountain faces Gilbert next week at home while 1-3 Mesa travels to Dobson.