Mountain Pointe shuts down Desert Ridge in second half

Mountain Pointe shuts down Desert Ridge in second half

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Mountain Pointe shuts down Desert Ridge in second half

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The Division I No. 3-ranked Phoenix Mountain Pointe and No. 6 Mesa Desert Ridge football teams both turned in great performances. But Mountain Pointe simply had more offense, winning 25-17 on Friday at Desert Ridge.

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It was a seesaw contest throughout most of the game. In the first quarter, the Desert Ridge defense made a huge stand late as senior outside linebacker Tate Shumway intercepted Mountain Pointe quarterback Jack Smith’s pass and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown.

As the teams headed into halftime, Desert Ridge led 17-13. But Mountain Pointe (7-0) scored 12 unanswered points in the second half.

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“Anytime you can get another win, it feels great,” Smith said. “We really pulled through on defense tonight. We did miss some deep shots down the field, but the win still feels great.”

For Mountain Pointe, Smith also did damage on the ground. He tallied 83 rushing yards in the first half, tallying 99 total and one touchdown. He finished 7 of 18 for 139 yards.

Senior kicker Brandon Johnson had a huge contribution as he finished 4 for 4 on field goals.

The rushing attack for Mountain Pointe was completely unstoppable with 201 total yards. Senior running back Macarius Blount finished with 90 yards and a touchdown.

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“It feels normal to be 7-0,” Mountain Pointe cornerback Ke’Shawn Churchwell said. “Nothing changes for us. Everything is plain for us, we don’t get too excited or get ahead of ourselves just because we are 7-0. We will still be at our A game.”

For Desert Ridge (5-2), although it was a tough defeat, there were some bright spots in the running game. Junior running back Jathan Tenorio led the way with 134 yards. He was carried off the field in the second quarter with an apparent foot injury. He did return.

“We already know what we did wrong,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot. Credit to them, they are a good football team. We made too many mental mistakes. We moved two steps forward and two steps back, and we just have to fix that in practice, and we will be fine.”

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