Avondale Westview tops Glendale Mountain Ridge

Avondale Westview tops Glendale Mountain Ridge

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Avondale Westview tops Glendale Mountain Ridge

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After punting inside Avondale Westview’s 20-yard line with 3:39 left, Glendale Mountain Ridge coaches pleaded for their defense to make one more stop.

It didn’t happen.

Seivion Morris bolted 60 yards down the sideline a minute later and visiting Westview likely ended Mountain Ridge’s Division I playoff hopes with a 27-13 victory Thursday night.

Mountain Ridge (4-5) came into the game holding onto the No. 15 seed. It will have to beat Prescott next week to have any chance. Even with a win, it would have to hope for a lot of things to play out in its favor.

Westview (7-2), the No.18 seed, had less at stake with practically a top-three spot and guaranteed playoff spot sewn up in Section I. It will play Surprise Valley Vista for the sectional title next week in the regular-season finale.

For a half, Mountain Ridge looked like the playoff team. It held Westview’s vaunted offense to just 16 yards.

Westview didn’t get a first down until D.J. Townsend ran 24 yards on his team’s first offensive play in the third quarter. That was the spark Westview needed. It moved 78 yards in 10 plays, capped by Rene Corral’s 6-yard scoring run. Carlo Valdez-Paz’s extra point gave Westview its first lead 7-6.

Westview held Mountain Ridge to 5 third-quarter yards and built a 21-6 lead early in the final quarter on Kordell Provchy’s 65-yard scoring pass to tight end Ardis Palmer, who showed great speed and moves at 6-foot-1, 251 pounds.

“The defense just got after it,” Westview coach Jeff Bowen said. “The coverage was good. We stopped their running game.

Mountain Ridge running back Treshawn Favors had just 41 yards, 38 in the first half when Mountain Ridge led 6-0 on two field goals by Kolby Gregory.

Defensive tackle Eddie Giannina’s 12th sack of the season forced Provchy to fumble. Linebacker Matthew Pitts returned it 20 yards to the 4 leading to Zach Miller’s 2-yard scoring run that cut the score to 21-13 with 6:39 left.

Mountain Ridge forced a three-and-out but it decided to punt away from its 49 on fourth-and-4 with 3:39 left, hoping the defense could come through again.

Morris, however, put the game away with his big run.

“You’ve got to give Mountain Ridge a lot of credit,” Bowen said. “They were fighting for their playoff lives. And they’re a good team. We can do a lot of things on offense. I know we ground and pound. We went to a double-tight set (in the second half). We thought that would balance them up a little bit and let our linemen come off. Our backs were running hard.”

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