Mesa Red Mountain’s focus on making a strong push towards the playoffs and perhaps host a first round game in the Division I state playoffs came closer to reach.
Red Mountain dominated Mesa Mountain View in a Division I, Section III matchup with a 44-20 win.
“It was a really good win. It was our rival and it felt really good to win like that,” said Red Mountain quarterback Brennen Dobson, who finished with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
“Our offensive line blocked their butts off and we just made our plays. Our defense played their butts off and gave us a short field to work with.”
Entering the game, Mountain View was ranked ninth and Red Mountain was ranked 11th.
Already leading 7-0, Dobson gave Red Mountain (4-5, 3-1) a 14-0 lead with 38.2 seconds left in the first quarter, when he faked a handoff to Kiwan Lear and ran around the tackle and scored from 13 yards out.
Mountain View (6-3, 2-2) wasn’t able to get any sustained rally going, but managed to stay within a close margin and cut the lead in half when quarterback John Clark ran it in from a yard out for the touchdown, capping a six play, 33-yard drive.
However, that was as close as they would get for the rest of the night.
Red Mountain got two more points on a blocked punt by Xavier Davis that went out of the back of the end zone with 53 seconds left in the half to make the lead 23-7.
“I saw the ball come in and I just went for the block,” Davis said. “We really shut them down on the line and that forced them into more passing (plays).”
Dobson had connected with Laramie Flake on a 38-yard pass nearly a minute before to go up 21-0.
“I think when we started the season, we were very young and inexperienced,” said Red Mountain coach Ron Wisneiwski about how the team has begun to come together.
“Right now we are starting to become a very physical football team and I think we physically dominated them on both sides. We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides and so many different guys contributed.”