Senior wide receiver Julius Record caught three passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and visiting Phoenix Mountain Pointe (3-1) came to life in the second half in a 41-14 torching of Phoenix South Mountain (0-4).
Ahead just 10-6 at halftime, the Pride found the end zone twice in the first 3:30 of the third quarter. Junior running back Marquese Wheaton scored on a 3-yard run a one and a half minutes into the second half, and Record caught a 28-yard strike from senior quarterback Nate Abalos exactly two minutes later to put Mountain Pointe ahead of the Jaguars, 24-6.
A 43-yard touchdown pass from Jaguars’ senior quarterback Robert Benjamin to senior wide receiver D.J. Lewis and a two-point conversion run by Benjamin cut the lead to 24-14 midway through the third. But three fumbles – two in the second half – kept South Mountain off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Record was responsible for all of the Pride’s receptions, as Mountain Pointe kept the ball on the ground for most of the game. The Pride rushed 42 times for 199 yards, with senior running back Jimi Colbert leading the way with 61 yards on 10 carries.
Mountain Pointe was plagued by penalties in the first half, committing six for 60 yards. The teams combined for 21 penalties (12 by Mountain Pointe) for 155 yards.
Benjamin was South Mountain’s lone bright spot, as he threw for 166 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. He did, however, fumble twice, leading to 14 Pride points.
After a field goal by senior kicker Spencer Thompson put the Pride ahead 27-14 late in the third quarter, Mountain Pointe senior linebacker Joseph Valdez recovered a high South Mountain snap in the end zone with 9:55 left in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Junior quarterback Adel Belgaied scored on a one-yard keeper with 1:26 to play to cap the scoring.
Trailing 10-0, Benjamin threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Maurice Trotter with 1:26 left in the first half to cut the Pride’s lead to four heading into halftime.
Mountain Pointe limited South Mountain to 62 yards rushing on 25 attempts – just 2.5 yards a carry – and five first downs.