Despite Mountain View's rout of Skyline last week, head coach Chad DeGrenier was looking Friday night for something that had eluded his team early in the season: a fast start.
The Toros answered their coach’s call in a resounding manner en route to a comfortable 53-14 victory over Mountain Ridge.
Heading into hostile territory in Glendale, Mountain View junior quarterback John Clark put a damper on the Mountain Lions’ homecoming weekend, throwing touchdown passes of 58 and 63 yards in the first six minutes of play as the Toros (2-2) jumped out to an early 20-0 lead.
“We are just trying to build right now and get better every week,” DeGrenier said. “Tonight, we started out slowly and then converted a big third-and-long. From there, we took a flare pass for a big touchdown and then started to relax.”
Clark, who looked relaxed in the pocket to the tune of 309 yards and five touchdowns on 21 of 29 passing, had plenty of help from veteran wide receiver Clark Brown. The junior wideout finished with nine catches, a career-high 203 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
“I expect those type of numbers out of myself every game,” Brown said of his career night. “I think it’s more about our team though. Tonight was big for us, and I think we are going to start rolling towards the playoffs. So hopefully this is just the start of our run.”
Mountain Ridge (1-3) briefly made a game of it midway through the second quarter, capitalizing on a 42-yard run by senior tailback Treshawn Favors and a 27-yard interception return by Matthew Pitts to cut the deficit to 20-14. But that was the closest the home team would come on the night.
After an up-and-down first quarter of their season, the Toros weren’t about to let up to begin the second half. An onside-kick recovery on the opening kickoff of the half, a 15-yard touchdown catch by Hansen Williams and an interception by Caleb Niccol gave Mountain View an easy final 24 minutes of play and its first road win of the campaign.
On the opposite end, outside of pregame fireworks and homecoming festivities at halftime, there was little to cheer about for Mountain Ridge fans. Favors finished with 83 rushing yards and a touchdown in defeat but received little help from the rest of his offense.
Senior quarterback Pono Ayers looked uncomfortable against Mountain View’s pass rush, throwing for just 110 yards before being lifted late in the third quarter due to injury.
“This game came to down execution,” said Mountain Ridge head coach Bobby Green. “The mistakes we made are correctable, but we just have to go back to basics right now. We go into every game knowing we can win, but it’s about the fundamentals.”
Mountain View 53, Mountain Ridge 14
MV- Clark Brown 58-yard pass from John Clark
MV- Robbie Millward 63-yard pass from John Clark
MV-Chase Funk 6-yard run (Bustillos kick)
MR- Shaun Doucette 15-yard catch from Pono Ayers (Gregory kick)
MR- Treshawn Favors 2-yard run (Gregory kick)
MV- Clark Brown 15-yard pass from John Clark (Bustillos kick)
MV- Hansen Williams 7-yard pass from John Clark (Bustillos kick)
MV- Luis Bastillos 37-yard kick (Bustillos kick)
MV-Clark Brown 82-yard pass from Clark (Bustillos kick)
MV- Miiller tackled in his own end zone for a safety
MV- Nielsen 4-yard run (Bustillos kick)
Team stats: Mountain View
Passing: 22-31, 383 yds
First downs: 27
Penalty yds: 35
Team stats: Mountain Ridge
Passing: 12-27, 125 yards, two INTs
First downs: 10
Penalty yds: 95