November 13, 2004
Four turnovers. Eleven penalties. Not the kind of effort that wins a game most of the time.
But an odd year for Mountain View continues because the Toros were able to produce at crunch time.
Quarterback Tyler Mack engineered a 66-yard scoring drive in the final five minutes with four completions and the game-winning 1-yard run as the Toros rallied to edge host Chandler, 16-13, in a 5A firstround playoff game.
‘‘We don’t know how to do it easy,’’ Mountain View coach Tom Joseph said. ‘‘It shouldn’t be that hard. But the kids came through when they had to. They did a great job.’’
Mountain View, the No. 9 seed in the tournament, will host No. 16 seed Glendale Mountain Ridge next Friday at 7 p.m. Chandler was 8-0 before losing its final three games to Highland, Hamilton and Mountain View. All three teams are in the quarterfinals.
Mountain View (8-3) was forced to play from behind for the better part of a half thanks to a fumble — the first of its four turnovers — Chandler converted into its only touchdown late in the first half to lead 7-6. Two Darren Sweely field goals kept Chandler in front, the last making it 13-9 early in the final period.
An uphill battle for the Toros appeared lost when back-to-back procedure penalties produced a fourth-and-14 at their 30 with two minutes remaining. But Mack (8-of-13 for 125 yards) hit running back Alex DeVito, who caught a 30-yard screen pass for a TD earlier in the game, with another screen for 20 yards.
A roughing-the-passer call on Chandler added 15 yards and the Toros had a first down at the Chandler 35.
Mountain View faced another fourth down at the Chandler 29 and this time Mack found a wide open Channing Keller in the secondary for 19 yards. The throw was low, but Keller came back for the ball and cradled it.
Another penalty set the Toros back to the 20, but Mack got the yardage back and then some, threading a perfect throw to tight end Ben Nikolaus down to the 1.
Mack snuck over on the next play with 51 seconds left.
‘‘That’s the story of our year,’’ Keller said of the winning drive. ‘‘We work a lot on plays like we converted tonight. I wanted to make sure the ball didn’t slip through my hands.’’