Mountain View makes statement in win vs. Mountain Ridge

Mountain View makes statement in win vs. Mountain Ridge


Mountain View makes statement in win vs. Mountain Ridge


With both teams sitting at a 1-2 record, Mesa Mountain View and Glendale Mountain Ridge were looking to make statements. It was Mesa Mountain View that made its statement with a blistering 27-point first half, separating itself early from Glendale Mountain Ridge en route to a 53-14 win.

On Mountain Ridge’s homecoming night, it never found an offensive rhythm and couldn’t stop Mountain View’s aerial attack.

With junior quarterback John Clark at the helm, Mountain View struck early when Clark looked deep to wideout Clark Brown and connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass to put Mountain View up 6-0.

Brown would also score on catches of 15 and 82 yards, finishing with nine catches and 203 yards receiving, a career high for the junior.

“I think we’re coming together, and I think we’re going to start rolling and hopefully this continues to the playoffs and make it a run at it,” Brown said.

On its next possession, Clark threw down the field again and this time found a wide-open junior Robbie Millward, who ran the ball into the end zone for a 64-yard score.

After junior Chase Funk put Mountain View up 20-0 on a 6-yard run, Mountain Ridge responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass as senior quarterback Pono Ayers connected with junior Shawn Doucette for its first points of the night.

Ayers was hurt at the end of the third quarter, missing the rest of the game, but looks set to return next week.

On the following drive, Clark threw an errant pass, which was picked off by senior Mountain Ridge linebacker Matthew Pitt, who returned the ball to Mountain View’s 7-yard line. The drive was capped by a Treshawn Favors touchdown from two yards out, bringing Mountain Ridge within six points. Favors finished the game with 85 yards.

Clark got his third touchdown pass of the first half with just over 30 seconds remaining as he found Brown again to put Mountain View up 27-14, a huge momentum boost.

“It was a big drive by our team to get that score, to go up two (possessions),” Mountain View coach Chad DeGrenier said.

Mountain View pulled away in the second half. It started the third quarter by attempting and recovering an onside kick, which led to Clark’s fourth touchdown pass. Clark finished 21 for 29 for 369 yards and five touchdowns and one interception.

“They scheduled us for homecoming, so I’m glad we could show them what’s up,” Clark said.

It was a disappointing loss for Mountain Ridge, which failed to score in the second half, as it was hoping to build momentum off their first win the previous week, but three turnovers and nine penalties prevented them from keeping this game close.

“We had some breakdowns here and there execution-wise, things that are correctable,” Mountain Ridge coach Bobby Green said. “It’s tough enough to beat one opponent, let alone two.”


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