Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:25 am | Updated: 3:54 pm, Sat Oct 19, 2013.
By Jason P. Skoda, Ahwatukee Foothills News
The Mountain Pointe football team has been described as athletic, fast, quick and plenty of other superlatives on the way to being considered Division I’s premier team and nationally ranked.
The Pride showed a side Friday not that is just as important but has been overlooked.
Mountain Pointe dismantled Corona del Sol 63-0 as expected at Karl Kiefer Stadium and did so in a near flawless fashion by executing the game plan in a situation that could have led to a sloppy game.
The Pride were playing as heavy favorites to kick off homecoming weekend. It’s not always a good combination. They could have overlooked the Aztecs (1-7) or come out flat.
Instead Mountain Pointe might have had had its best executed game of the season.
“We came out and did what we needed to in order to take control of the game,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “I was proud of how we executed and took any chance of a letdown out of it.”
Mountain Pointe’s offense scored on all nine possessions, including seven in the first half as it scored 42 points on just 16 plays, to pile up a total of 389 yards.
It’s the equivalent of a perfect game offensively as quarterback Antonio Hinojosa completed all six pass attempts for 199 yards and four touchdowns, three of which when to senior Jalen Brown, who had four catches for 139 yards, including a spectacular one-handed job to close out the first half.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” said senior wide receiver/cornerback Timmy Hernandez, who had two rushes for 61 yards, one catch for 31 yards and an interception. “We showed some maturity and didn’t let the situation get the best of us.”
The defense set the school record with its fourth shutout of the season and has allowed 82 points in nine games.
In the first half, the Aztecs had 21 carries for 11 yards and five passing yards on one completion in six attempts. Overall, Corona finished with 46 yards, including the negative yardage on a blocked punt and five sacks, on 41 offensive plays.
The Aztecs were outplayed, but not overwhelmed by the situation.
Corona’s players played to the whistle, showed little frustration and didn’t worsen the situation by getting unsportsmanlike penalties. Instead, they lined up every play, running clock or not, and played hard until the whistle.
From that respect it was everything an interim coach like Tim Kelly would want to see from a team that has struggled to be competitive and had a midseason coaching change.
“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect our kid’s work ethic,” he said. “We came out and took it to them (two first downs) on the first drive and moved the ball before some dropped passes stopped us.
“They’ve overcome a great amount of obstacles. They’ve kept fighting and they keep showing up and that’s all we can ask them to do.”
But it was never going to be enough against the Pride as they surge toward the second 10-0 regular season in school history with one game remaining, after next week’s bye, at Dobson (2-6) on Nov. 1.
“I saw what I wanted to from this team,” senior Wesley Payne said. “We were focused and showed what we can do when we are.”
Mountain Pointe 63, Corona del Sol 0
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.”
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