Instead of throwing touchdown passes or scrambling away from oncoming rushers Scottsdale Desert Mountain junior quarterback Kyle Allen stood on the sideline; rain drops splashing off his helmet as he watched Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s ground game tear apart his defense.
Mountain Pointe took the lead in the Division I quarterfinal emphatically with a 43-yard touchdown run by senior running back Thomas Warren. Then it slowed down the pace on its ways to a 45-14 victory.
Mountain Pointe will take on Phoenix Brophy Prep in the semifinals. Brophy won the regular-season matchup 54-28. The game will be played at Tempe McClintock.
“We played really physical,” coach Norris Vaughan said. “Our offensive line was great.”
Senior running back Garette Craig led the team with 146 rushing yards and Warren added 124 more. Junior linebacker Wesley Payne got the glory yards, though, scoring twice from inside the 5. Mountain Pointe totaled 335 yards on the ground using seven different ball carriers.
On the other side, Desert Mountain couldn’t move the ball on the ground consistently. Junior running back Daniel Fedorka juked and spun as much as he could, but the Mountain Pointe defense swarmed to wherever he turned. Fedorka finished with 61 of the team’s 77 rushing yards.
Allen, who had 2,892 passing yards coming into the game, had 207 yards but completed only 11 of 21 passes.
Mountain Pointe junior quarterback Antonio Hinojosa didn’t have much work to do, but when he was called on he was efficient. He led a sensational two-minute drill to end the first half with a 24-14 lead. He found junior wide receiver Jalen Brown on his lone 24-yard touchdown pass on that drive. Brown had a respectable game, even though Desert Mountain double covered him all night, finishing with six catches for 84 of Hinojosa’s 122 passing yards.