The Pride dominated Cesar Chavez from the get-go on Friday night, scoring 44 first-half points in an easy win. Mountain Pointe has another easy opponent this week against Maryvale, but then comes the gauntlet: Chandler, Hamilton, Desert Vista and Brophy. The Pride remain ranked No. 2.
Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 1:49 am | Updated: 3:41 pm, Sat Sep 7, 2013.
By Jason P. Skoda, Ahwatukee Foothills News | 0 comments
Ka’wuan Ellis might have overshot it just a tad, but he still has some bragging rights.
The Mountain Pointe senior running back made a bet with his dad, JD, who is the equipment manager for Cesar Chavez, for Friday night’s game against the Champions.
“If I got over 200 yards rushing I got 30 bucks,” said Ellis, who had eight carries for 35 yards and a score in the Pride’s 58-14 win. “I might still get something.”
What he got was the ability to talk, or text as it is today, trash considering how many players he knows on the Chavez roster through his Dad and the time, just over a semester, he was enrolled there before transferring back to Mountain Pointe.
“It felt good to have a good game on this field,” he said. “I felt like I had something to prove.”
The Pride (3-0) do not at this point with their start to the season, but the win over the Champions (0-2) was anything but clean despite scoring through the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams.
There were three missed extra points, two failed two-point conversions, several personal fouls and eight total penalties.
“We were happy with the effort but not with the character we showed,” said senior quarterback Antonio Hinojosa, who rushed for a touchdown and finished 10-for-16 for 216 yards and two scores passing. “We had a lot of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the first half. That’s just not who we are. We have a list of top keys to a championship and we really didn’t show the character needed tonight.”
What nationally-ranked Mountain Pointe did show was its big play ability as Jalen Brown hauled in a 32-yard touchdown from Hinojosa, Paul Lucas scored twice, including a 43-yard punt return on a reverse, Mitchell Fraboni had a 3-yard interception for a score and Brandyn Leonard had a 70-yard touchdown to start the second half to push the lead to 51-0.
The defense contained some big-time Chavez athletes to 84 yards and four first downs in the first half before the second team defense gave up some big plays.
Pride coach Norris Vaughan was displeased while adding it is tough to keep a team focused in the midst of three games where the Pride are heavy favorites to win.
“It’s very difficult to keep them from looking ahead to Chandler (in two weeks),” he said.
The lack of a scrimmage, the heat during the week and lopsided scores, other than the opener against Bishop Gorman, has kept the Pride starters from seeing many meaningful quarters of football.
“We have to get in playing shape,” he said. “We had our starters in there to start the second half because they haven’t played that much.”