In the state-wide spotlight for its season opener Thursday night, Mountain View mostly eschewed the flash.
Instead, the Toros controlled both lines of scrimmage and did their damage early in both halves of a workmanlike 31-7 win at Valley Vista in Surprise on Yurview 7 TV (formerly Cox 7).
Well versed on the big-play potential of junior receiver Jacobby Dinwiddie, the Monsoon rolled coverage his way most of the night.
Mountain View was content to gain chunks on the ground, splitting carries between senior tailback Dean Yamada, junior backs Jeremiah Hollen and Jon Crum and junior quarterback Brandon Nunez.
“What we try to do on offense is take whatever the defense gives us. They were double-teaming Coby and taking the pass away. So we decided we had to run the ball. Once we decided to run, we’ve got a nice, experienced offensive line. And they open some nice holes. Dean, Jon and Brandon all ran well,” Mountain View Coach Mike Fell said.
The Toros opened the night by driving 79 yards in about three minutes, capped by Nunez’s 6-yard keeper for the score.
Shortly after Valley Vista covered on a fake punt attempt, the Monsoon botched a toss sweep.
Several players could not control the ball, but Hollen scooped it up and sprinted 22 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead less than nine minutes in.
A fumbled punt return and recovery by senior Chad Rolfe gave the Monsoon their only sliver of hope. Then a late hit on junior quarterback Antonio Gomez transformed third and goal at the 1 into first and goal inside the 1.
Senior tailback Ray Baquero plunged in for a touchdown on the next play.
“We muffed that punt which gave them a touchdown. That was probably a game we should have shut them out,” Fell said. “But I really liked the way we came out in the second half.”
Less than six minutes after the break, the visitors were in complete control. They stopped Valley Vista quickly and relied on Nunez’s mobility again, as he scored on an 18-yard designed run.
Another quick three and out set up Holley for his second touchdown of the night — an easy 2-yard plunge.
Gomez completed a few more medium-range passes in the second half to ease a pit of the burden on Baquero. But the mostly-new Monsoon offense stalled at the Toros’ 30 and 25 on its only two extended drives of the night.
“We can only get better. Our quarterback hasn’t taken a snap since his freshman year on a freshman football team,” Valley Vista coach Josh Sekoch said. “Ray will be better once he’s healthier. But we can’t be a one-man team.”
Senior Kevin Ryan kicked a 38-yard field goal to cap the scoring early in the fourth quarter.
Fell said he was pleased by his defense, particularly players in new roles around “outstanding” returnees Hollen, Jared Mix and Tate Allen.
“I though both outside linebackers, Alex Talamantes and Jacob Charlie, did a nice job. They did a lot of blitzing and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” Fell said. “I thought the rest of the defense did a nice job too.”
– Richard Smith is the editor for West Valley Preps. Follow his coverage at http://yourwestvalley.com/west-valley-preps.
Mountain View 31, Valley Vista 7
Mountain View 14 0 14 3 – 31
Valley Vista 0 7 0 0 – 7
MV – Nunez 6 run (Ryan), 8:33
MV – Hollen 22 fumble return (Rytan), 2:28
VV – Baquero 1 run (Harris) 4:23
MV – Nunez 18 run (Ryan) 9:18
MV – Hollen 2 run (Ryan) 6:32
MV – Ryan 38 FG 9:03