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Red Mountain 49, Desert Mountain 30 Red Mountain gets big win over Desert Mountain

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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:12 am | Updated: 12:58 pm, Sat Oct 5, 2013.

Red Mountain welcomed the return of Caleb Murray-Thomas Friday.

The senior quarterback led the Mountain Lions to a dominating 49-30 win at Desert Mountain (2-4, 0-1) in the Division I, Section 3 opener for both teams.

“It was good (to be back). I’d been staying prepared the entire time (I was out) and looking forward to the opportunity to get back,” said Murray-Thomas, who had played just five snaps in a road game in California during Week 2. He's been out with an ankle injury.

Murray-Thomas was a part of six of the team’s seven touchdowns. He rushed for three and threw three more to senior Diego Hernandez. For the night, Murray-Thomas rushed 22 times for 85 yards and completed 19-of-23 passes for 340 yards.

“This was his first full game. He knows how to operate an offense,” said Lions coach Ron Wisniewski. “He checked off on all three of the touchdown passes.”

The Mountain Lions  (2-4, 1-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead, taking advantage of some Desert Mountain mistakes.

After scoring on the game’s opening drive on a Murray-Thomas one-yard keeper, the Mountain Lions stopped the Wolves deep into their territory when senior defensive back Kaiden Molina intercepted Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen, Texas A&M commitment, in the end zone. Allen was targeting wide receiver Mark Andrews, an Oklahoma commitment, who missed last week’s game against Scottsdale Horizon due to injury.

Two 15-yard Wolves’ penalties stopped one of their drives and led to the next Red Mountain score, the first of Hernandez’s touchdown receptions.

On offense, an illegal block negated a 20-yard pass play to Andrews, forcing a three-and-out series. Then, Desert Mountain gave 15 yards to the Mountain Lion offense when it ran into the punt returner, setting up Murray-Thomas and Co. at the Desert Mountain 37.

“I expected to come out and play well,” said Murray-Thomas in his return to the starting lineup. “I put in too much work to be nervous. I was ready. Our line was great and all I had to do was put the ball up and our receivers went and got it. That made it a lot easier.”

It was the third straight loss for the Wolves, but also the third straight time they’ve scored at least 28 points in defeat.

“Defensively, we have to do a better job of executing and we can’t keep turning the ball over,” said Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor. “We’re still going to keep working hard. We’ve got Mountain View on Thursday and we’re going to try to click that light back on.”

Allen finished the night 27-for-38 for 351 yards and two touchdowns, as well as, two interceptions. The Wolves also fumbled twice. Once at their own 34, which led to a Red Mountain score and also at the Red Mountain 1-yard line.

Red Mountain 49, Desert Mountain 30

First Downs: RM 26, DM 23

Rushing: RM 47-205, DM 16-45

Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): RM 19-23-3-340-0, DM 27-38-2-351-2

Fumbles-lost: RM 1-0, DM 2-2

Penalties-yards: RM 15-135, DM 4-50

Red Mountain 7 21 14 7 -- 49

Desert Mountain 0 14 7 9 -- 30

RM: Murray-Thomas 1 run (Tani kick)

RM: Murray-Thomas 1 run (Tani kick)

RM: Hernandez 41 pass from Murray-Thomas (Tani kick)

DM: Warren 14 run (kick failed)

RM: Murray-Thomas 7 run (Tani kick)

DM: Warren 1 run (Andrews pass from Allen)

RM: Hernandez 33 pass from Murray-Thomas (Tani kick)

RM: Hernandez 35 pass from Murray-Thomas (Tani kick)

DM: Andrews 14 pass from Allen (Taylor kick)

RM: Lear 5 run (Tani kick)

DM: safety, RM punter ran out of end zone

DM: Andrews 18 pass from Allen (Taylor kick)

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