Valley Vista made the trip to east Mesa from Surprise to face Mountain View, but fell short as the Toros broke away in the second half and won 46 to 23.
Mountain View (2-0) struck early on a drive set up by a botched punt that went less than 20 yards. Moments later receiver Clark Brown made his way to the end zone on a 20 yard run for the Toros, his first of several scores on the night. Brown finished the game with 124 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown passes from quarterback John Clark, both for over 35 yards.
Mountain View led 14-0 after the first quarter, thanks to a 23-yard pass from Clark to receiver Phoenix Hollen. Clark would finish the night 11-for-17 with 177 yards passing and four touchdowns.
Quarterback Damian Alarcon helped Valley Vista (1-1) stay in the game, however, accumulating 374 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
The momentum the Monsoon had built towards a comeback going into the second half was cut short after Mountain View took a 34-15 lead and recovered an onside kick late in the third quarter, which would lead to another touchdown.
“We told them it was coming, that’s coach (Chad) DeGrenier,” said Valley Vista coach Josh Sekoch of the onside kick. “It was still a close game and I think we still had a chance at that point and it just deflated our balloon. It was a great call on their part and we just didn’t respond.”
For the Monsoons, a defensive encroachment penalty on fourth and short, as well as several pass interference calls against their defense would play a big difference in game.
“If we don’t make dumb mistakes, I think we’re a better football team than we showed,” said coach Sekoch. “We made the same dumb mistakes last week.”
Mountain View’s 2-0 start, and early lead in the game wasn’t enough to keep coach DeGrenier happy on the sidelines. He was vocal with players about running off of the field, and adamant about cutting down on penalties that led to a close game going into the second half.
“He expects a lot out of us, we expect a lot out of ourselves,” Brown said. “To not be beating a team the way we feel we should is not acceptable, so he let us know.”
Mountain View 46, Valley Vista 23
Mountain View 14 6 14 12 -- 46
Valley Vista 0 7 8 8 -- 23
First Downs: MV 12, VV 21
Rushing: MV 22-111 VV 35-156
Passing (Comp.-Att.-TD-INT): MV (11-17-177-4-0) VV (17-31-189-1-0)
Fumbles-lost: MV 0-0, VV 1-0
Penalties-yards: MV 6-60, VV 6-50
MV: Brown 20 run (Bustillos kick)
MV: Hollen 23 pass from Clark (Bustillos kick)
MV: Brown 80 punt return (2-pt conversion failed)
VV: McCoy 5 run (kick good)
MV: Nielson 7 run (2-pt conversion failed)
VV: Alarcon 12 run (Clark pass from Alarcon)