Red Mountain needed to take care of business Friday night.
With memories of last season’s bitter overtime loss to rival Mountain View still in memory, Red Mountain traveled west down Brown Road Friday night, looking to take home a victory from the Toros on their home field, while solidifying a playoff spot.
Red Mountain quarterback Brennan Dobson led a balanced offensive attack with his arm and legs during a convincing 44-20 victory over Mountain View in a Division I section III contest at Toro Stadium.
Dobson and tailback Kiwan Lear combined for nearly 300 yards of offense for Red Mountain. Dobson split time early with fellow quarterback Caleb Murray-Thomas, and the duo combined for 177 passing yards. Lear rushed for 116 yards and one score on 17 carries.
“This was a good win for us,” Red Mountain coach Ron Wisneiwski said. “We knew we had to win tonight, and our kids really stepped up.”
Red Mountain (4-5, 3-1) entered Friday’s contest sitting at No. 11 in the power rankings. Another loss may have jeopardized its postseason chances. And facing one of the state’s most prolific quarterback’s in Mountain View’s John Clark, Red Mountain knew it would have to put plenty of points on the board.
The Mountain Lions did just that, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Murray-Thomas hit Alec Shervheim from 17 yards on Red Mountain’s first offensive series, before Dobson came in two series later and scored on a 13-yard run.
Mountain View (6-3, 2-2) was able to get back in the game in the second quarter, leading the Toros on an impressive 93-yard drive. The senior connected with four different receivers on the 12-play drive, and capped it with a 2-yard run to cut Red Mountain’s lead in half (14-7) with 6:17 left until halftime.
But the Toros— who have seen 12 different starters go down this season to injury— couldn’t keep up with Red Mountain.
Dobson threw a 39-yard touchdown strike to Laramie Flake later in the second quarter to give Red Mountain a 21-7 cushion. Then on Mountain View’s next possession, Red Mountain forced a three-and-out before blocking Mountain View’s punt, which resulted in a safety and a 23-7 halftime lead.
Red Mountain turned to its ground game in the second half, as Kaiden Molina, Lear, and Colton Aurich added touchdowns on the ground.
Dobson finished with 87 rushing yards. Red Mountain’s ability to run and throw the ball was the difference in the game.
Clark finished with 271 yards and two touchdowns through the air. But Mountain View was held to 34 yards on the ground.
Red Mountain 44 Mountain View 20
First Downs: RM 21, RM 11
Rushing: RM 34-244, MV 17-34
Passing (Comp.-Att.-Yards-TD-INT): RM 13-22-177-2-0, MV 23-50-271-1-2
Fumbles-lost: RM 2-2, MV 2-1
Penalties: RM 9-75, MV 6-85
RM 14 9 7 14 --44
MV 0 7 6 7 --20
RM-Alec Shervheim 17 reception from Caleb Murray-Thomas (Flake kick)
RM-Brennan Dobson 13 run (Flake kick)
MV-John Clark 2 run (Bustillos kick)
RM-Laramie Flake 39 reception from Dobson (Flake kick)
RM-Punt blocked through endzone
RM-Molina 5 run (Flake kick)
MV-Ipsen 11 reception from Clark (run failed)
RM-Lear 2 run (Flake kick)
RM-Aurich 4 run (Ethridge kick)
MV-Robby Millward 7 reception from Clark (Bustillos kick)