By Renard Roberts AFN Contributor | Updated
Offensive struggles proved to be costly for Mountain Pointe High School in their 39-25 loss to Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, CA), Thursday night at Mission Viejo High School in California.
This year at the Under Armor Brothers in Arms Classic the Pride came out flat on both sides of the ball. It only took three plays for Chaminade’s Michael Wilson, a Stanford commit, to take a short slant route the 77-yards to put the Eagles up 7-0.
In the first quarter, all Mountain Pointe had working for them was their defense. They got a huge boost from cornerback Marshawn Gibson, as he jumped an outside route, picked off the pass and returned it 40-yards for the Prides first points of the ball game.
Points after turnovers were very detrimental to the Pride’s mission however. Later in the first half the Eagles returned the favor with an interception of their own, nearly returning it for a touchdown. It did not take much for Chaminade to punch the ball in again as star running back Andrew Vanburen, showing what a great talent Boise State will receive in the next year, scored one of his four rushing touchdowns.
During the duration of the game the Pride would gain some momentum, but it would be snatched away by their opponents with a blink of an eye.
The running game finally started to develop in the second quarter as Jakim Mckinney did his best to carry the team, scoring the only two offensive touchdowns. But right before the team from Awhatukee headed towards the locker room, Vanburen scattered down the Chaminade sideline scoring his third touchdowns.
The Pride were one dimensional on offense as the pressure forced by the defensive line of the Eagles did not allow quarterback Nick Wallerstedt to find his targets down the field.
Instead of coming out with an impressive drive to gain some momentum, the first play of the second half ended in the worst possible way. Chaminade defensive back Christopher Rankings picked off his second pass of the night.
Even though Mountain Pointe had mad many mental mistakes going into the fourth quarter, they were still fighting to stay within striking distance. Another interception, this time by Delano Salgado, led to a touchdown which kept the game within two possessions. The last straw of confidence was lost however when Chaminade blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter.
“We had penalties we had turnovers we played poorly on offense and defense, we didn’t tackle or block well, we got out played and out coached”, Mountain Pointe Head Coach, Norris Vaughan.
The Pride were also spread thin throughout the matchup as a few of their key players went out with minor injuries. In the postgame speech by Vaughan he told his team that they lacked heart and let the other team play more physical.
They will need to bring their “A” game next week as they battle Chandler High in a rematch of the 6A state championship last season.