It was a task Mountain View had been waiting nine years to accomplish.
“I don’t care what their record is,” Mountain View second-year coach Mike Fell said. “Anytime you play the Brophy Broncos, you know they are going to play hard and compete like any of the best teams in the state.
“I think this might have been the best game we have played since I’ve been here.”
For the first time since the 2008 regular season – and an eight-year hiatus where the schools never met on the field until last year – the Toros defeated Brophy in convincing fashion, 42-14.
The win for the Toros (3-2) comes on the heels of two tough losses in a row to two of the top teams in the 6A conference. After giving up a total of 61 points in losses to Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe, the Toros defense wasn’t prepared to let the same happen for the third week in a row.
Led by senior defensive end Jared Mix, the defensive unit set the tone early.
On the Broncos (1-5) first drive, Mix intercepted the would-be screen pass from Brophy quarterback Noah Gonzales (12-23, 149 yards), returning it for the 73-yard score.
“He is a Division I football player,” Fell said of Mix. “That sent a message to the whole team that we were there to play. Overall offensively and defensively we played really well.”
While the defense held its own against a balanced offensive attack, the Toros offense was able to find a rhythm in the second quarter, allowing three different Toros players to get into the end zone and push the lead to 28-0 at halftime.
Of the offensive highlights for Mountain View, senior Tate Allen — a two-way player — had perhaps one of the best highlights of the season.
“I just read the ball and put my arms around,” Allen said. “I caught it on his back, it all just happened so fast honestly.”
Midway through the second quarter junior quarterback Brandon Nuñez lofted a pass towards Allen, who was battling with the Brophy defender along the sideline.
With hands in his face, Allen reached around and snagged the ball with one hand, pinning it to the defenders back as they went to the ground.
Two plays later, Nuñez found Allen (8 receptions, 121 yards) from 5-yards out to finish the drive.
“It makes my life easier,” Nuñez said of his teammates on offense. “My offensive line, Tate (Allen), Jacobby (Dinwiddie), all of them. We still need to fix some things in practice but they just make my life so much easier.”
Nuñez (21-30, 301 yards) was at ease in the pocket, allowing him to pick apart the Broncos secondary. In total, Nuñez accounted for three of the Toros five offensive touchdowns, with the other two coming from running backs Devin Waite and Jeremiah Hollen.
The overall performance by Mountain View was what it needed heading into the first week of region play against Skyline (3-3).
“It felt good,” Nuñez said of the win. “We have a great team. We want to win the league. I think we can win out these next games if we just come out and execute and continue to work hard.”
Alvira is a freelancer writer for MyNewsMesa.com
Mountain View 42, Brophy 14
Brophy 0 0 7 7 – 7
Mountain View 7 21 7 7 – 42
MVT – Mix 73 INT (Ryan), 9:26
MVT – Waite 15 run (Ryan), 11:11
MVT – Nuñez 5 pass to Allen (Ryan), 7:01
MVT – Nuñez 43 pass to Allen then pitch to Dinwiddie (Ryan), :28
BCP – Gonzales 42 pass to Juniel (Garcia), 6:20
MVT – Nuñez 36 pass to Allen (Ryan), 3:05
BCP – Gonzales 15 pass to Arthur (Garcia), 8:14
MVT – Hollen 17 run (Ryan), 2:23
First downs 19 11
Rush-yards 32-156 28-36
Comp-Att-Int 21-30-0 12-23-1
Pass yard 301 149
Total yards 457 185
Fumbles/lost 1/1 3/1
Penalties 9-80 8-70
MVT – Yamada 13-75, Hollen 1-17, Nuñez 7-2, Dinwiddie 2-16, Waite 3-18, Long 5-25, Phillips 1-3; BCP – Velez 8-0, J. Gonzales 5-15, N. Gonzales 5-(-)22, Dimaria 5-21, Cardenas 1-(-)2, Nava 1-2, Juniel 1-(-)2, #46 (Not Listed) 2-24
MVT – Nuñez 21-30-0-301; BCP – N. Gonzales 12-23-1-149
MVT – Dinwiddie 6-67, Allen 8-121, Hodges 2-34, Waite 1-3, Barney 3-32, Yamada 3-44; BCP – Arthur 3-35, Nava 1-9, Juniel 4-71, J. Gonzales 3-22, Waters 1-12