It took a half to get past the hype, but Phoenix Mountain Pointe scored 41 consecutive points to defeat Phoenix Desert Vista 49-6 in front of 11,892 fans at the Ahwatukee Bowl Friday night.
No.1 Mountain Pointe struggled with penalties, committing 11 for 111 yards, most of them in the first half. It led to a 14-6 margin at halftime.
“We had more penalties in this game then we had in six freakin’ games,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “We’re so hyped up. That’s why I hate emotion. We were making stupid plays.”
Desert Vista committed the errors in the second half, turning the ball over five times with three interceptions and two fumbles. Senior Dominique Fenstermacher returned one of the interceptions 37 yards for a score, and senior Jalen Brown returned the third of the evening 35 yards for a touchdown.
Mountain Pointe finished with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a rivalry game, and things happen,” Vaughan said. “The second half I thought we took over.
“All those interceptions were huge.”
The tandem rushing attack of Paul Lucas and Brandyn Leonard led the Mountain Pointe offense. Lucas had 89 yards in the first half and Leonard totaled 70 in the second half. They had 217 total rushing yards in the game and scored two of Mountain Pointe’s seven touchdowns.
“I like the duo because if one of us gets tired the other one goes in,” Leonard said.
Desert Vista used two quarterbacks in the game, one being sophomore Alex Farina, who was playing for the first time on varsity. Desert Vista only had 36 passing yards in the game.
“We’re glad to put this one behind us,” Vaughan said.