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Congratulation to the following Mountain Pointe football players on committing to play at the next level!

 Gary Bragg  Colorado State University - Pueblo
 Kenny Churchwell  University of California, Los Angeles
 Marshawn Gibson  Pima Community College
 Jatori Gipson  Pima Community College
 Sky Hinojosa  New Mexico State University
 Mason Honne  Washburn University
 Donte Lindsey  Pima Community College
 Jeon Moss  Phoenix College
 Daniel Pena  Pima Community College
 Andres Rangel  Pima Community College
 Khalif Ravenell  Eastern New Mexico University


Mountain Pointe’s Isaiah Pola-Mao attempts a diving catch agaisnt Pinnacle.  Photo by Kristin Grover, Special to Tribune

MP’s Pola-Mao named Central Region MVP

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 12:25 pm  |   By Jason P. Skoda, Prep Sports Director

The 6A Central Region selected its all region team.

Mountain Pointe’s Isaiah Pola-Mao was named MVP for this play at wide receiver and safety.

Desert Vista quarterback Nick Thomas was named Offensive MVP and Desert Vista linebacker Lelon Dillard was named Defensive MVP.

Here is a look at the full team:

6A Conference All-Central Region

MVP: Isaiah Pola-Mao, Mountain Pointe

Offensive MVP: Nick Thomas, Desert Vista

Defensive MVP: Lelon Dillard, Desert Vista



First team

Rashie Hodge Mt. Pointe

Cameron Brice Corona Del Sol

Tyrese Allen Desert Ridge

Second team

Delano Salgado Mountain Pointe

Kohner Cullimore Highland

Gary Bragg Mountain Pointe


First team

Jack Plummer Gilbert

Offensive Line

First team

Eddie Rivas Mountain Pointe

Myles Wilson Desert Vista

Rudy Rauls Mountain Pointe

Uriah Medder Corona Del Sol

Mason Honne Mountain Pointe

Second team

Mckenzie Potterf Desert Vista

Dallin Clement Highland

Matt Fick Corona Del Sol

Nick Omitt Desert Ridge

Ian Baxter Desert Ridge


First team

Keishaud White Desert Vista

David Morales Gilbert

Jake White Desert Vista

Second team

Jared Zimmerman Highland

Dawson Tanner Gilbert

Ricky Pearsall Corona Del Sol


First team

James Stagg Desert Vista

Second team

Garrison Turcotte Gilbert



First team

Antwaun Woodberry Mountain Pointe

Kenny Churchwell Mountain Pointe

Steven Gomez Desert Ridge

Donjae Logan Desert Ridge

Second team

Alijah Gammage Desert Vista

Corvan Otanez Gilbert

Caleb Humphrey Desert Vista

Brad Beaver Desert Ridge

Interior Line

First team

Ashton Dana Highland

Dylan Conner Corona Del Sol

Matthew Pola-Mao Mountain Pointe

Shomari Hayes Mountain Pointe

Second team

Christian Medeiros Desert Ridge

Noah Evan Highland

Garrett Fulton Gilbert

Brett Johnson Desert Vista


First team

Jalen Harris Desert Ridge

Khalif Ravenell Mountain Pointe

Second team

Trey Bussler Corona Del Sol

Dylan Bryan Gilbert


First team

Christian Allen Desert Ridge

Chad Porter Desert Vista

Jacob Clemens Corona Del Sol

Second team

Xaiver Cota Mountain Pointe

Michael Washington Mountain Pointe

Tate Stevens Highland


First team

Riley Erickson Desert Vista

Second team

Tony Decozio Desert Ridge


First team

Kaden Riforgiate Corona Del So

Second team

Austin Mcnamara Highland


First team

Jaydon Brooks Mountain Pointe

Second team

Connor McKernan Gilbert

Long Snapper

First team

Adam Bay Desert Ridge

Second team

Conor Egan Desert Vista

Honorable Mentions

Desert Vista

Tristin Flores, OL

Joe Money, TE

Larry Davis, LB

Nick Lopez, OL

Jared Ostendorp, OL


Sean McCord DB

Braiden Williams DL

Jake Ohara

Hunter Short DB

Jacob Wood LB

Jalen Johnson DB

Tyler Johnson DL

David Fabok DL

Noah Newburgh DB

Danial Castillo WR

Tyler Johnson WR

Jacob Wood RB

Brydon Horne RB

Connor Williams OL

Davis Brown OL

Cody Bartz OL

Jake Kersting QB

Riley Bond OL

Mountain Pointe

Noah Grover Qb

Sky Hinojosa WR

Justice Hudson OL

Alex Vogel OL

Marshawn Gibson DB

Donte Lindsey DB

Jacob Olsen LB

Daniel Pena DT

Dakota Fey P


Garrison Turcotte LB

Tyler Turcotte OL

Garrett Fulton OL

DJ Ruhl DB

Corona Del Sol

Griffin Baker TE

Alex Purcell C

Kaden Riforgiate LB

Jason Staples DE

Brian McCluskey DB

Kobee Marion DB

Desert Ridge

Kylar Day

Khris Broom

Tyler Mcleve

Jason Harris

Connor Goetz

Robert Mancha

Mr. Everything

Mountain Pointe’s Jaydon Brooks scores a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to add to his punt return for a score and touchdown reception.

Photo by Billy Hardiman, Special to AFN


GameNight: Mountain Pointe blows out Mountain View

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2016 10:26 pm | Updated: 10:48 pm, Fri Sep 16, 2016.

Mike Fell has maintained since he was hired at Mountain View that the Toros were on the chase when it came to lining up with Arizona’s top programs.

It became quite clear Friday night that Mountain View has a whole more ground to cover after being humbled 56-0 by No. 1 Mountain Pointe.

The one thing the Toros can solace in is that fact that everyone might be on the chase when it comes to matching up with the Pride in 2016.

Mountain Pointe dominated all four opponents thus far, and dispatched previously undefeated Mountain View before the first quarter was over at Karl Kiefer Stadium.

“They are an outstanding football team,” Fell said. “There wasn’t one battle we won. We got out coached, out played, out hit. We got everything we deserved.

“We stayed in there. The guys were still trying hard. It’s a long year. We know we have a few things we have to do. We’ve talked about being in the chase all year long when it comes to those teams at the top. This shows us tonight how far we have to go.”

Get in line, Coach.

Mountain Pointe has outscored opponents 200-35 through four games and did nothing to hurt its top 15 ranking in two national polls.

The Pride scored on three of its first four offensive drives, and on seven of 11 drives with one ending in a punt, another ran out the final clock and had two interceptions in the end zone.

Senior wide receiver Jaydon Brooks led the way, scoring three different ways in his breakout game of the year.

He opened the game with a 76-yard punt return when Mountain View (3-1) went three-and-out on its first drive, caught an 18-yard pass for a score for a 35-0 lead and then finished off the scoring at quarterback with a 36-yard touchdown run.

“The coaches put me in position to do something and I took advantage of it,” said Brooks, who had had another punt return of about 40 yards and 193 total yards. “Each week we can have someone different have a big game. I guess it was my turn.”

He had help as Gary Bragg had three touchdowns and 128 yards rushing, Isaiah Pola-Mao had three catches for 67 yards including a 3-yard touchdown and quarterback Noah Grover was 12 of 19 for 175 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The defense was pretty stellar as well in getting its first shutout in slowing down the Toros offense that came in averaging 448 yards and 35.0 points a game in Fell’s spread offense.

Mountain View two-quarterback system and pass heavy offense struggle to do anything, punting six times, two turnovers and three turnovers on downs.

“We are playing at high level and every week we have to progress,” Mountain Pointe defensive lineman Daniel Pena said. “We never let up and play to a high expectation.”

The Toros got a dose of reality and have Brophy and Skyline, both undefeated the next two weeks, so moving past this and refocusing this week is vital.

“This is put us back to square one,” senior wide receiver Curtis Hodges said. “We still know what are capable of. We laid an egg. We are going to come back next week, and have some sharp practices to get it going again.”

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Box score

Mountain Pointe 56, Mountain View 0

MV   0   0   0   0–0

MP 21  14  7 14–56



MP – Brooks 76 punt return (Abercrombie kick), 9:26

MP – Bragg 8 run (Abercrombie kick), 4:28

MP – Bragg 17 run (Abercrombie kick), 0:00.4


MP- Stephens 2 run (Abercrombie kick), 5:59

MP – Brooks 16 pass from Grover (Abercrombie kick), 2:17


MP – Pola-Mao 3 pass from Grover (Abercrombie kick), 6:07


MP – Hodge 18 pass from Grover (Abercrombie kick), 9:38

MP – Brooks 36 run (Abercrombie kick)

Team stats

                       MV                     MP

First downs         7                   23

Rush-yards      15-30               27-231 

Comp-Att-Int    7-16-0            12-19-2

Pass yards        60                   175

Total yards       90                    406

Fumbles/lost     2/2                   1/0

Penalties         5-40                  6-40

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Busting loose

Shomari Hayes and the Mountain Pointe defensive front line will be hard to handle.

Camp visits: MP’s defense will feed off front four

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2016 3:58 pm

The collision was so loud and violent that someone who wasn’t watching the play develop might have thought there was a car accident at 44th St. and Knox Rd.

Instead it was just the Mountain Pointe defensive line feeding off each other in practice.

It’s been a common occurrence thus far in camp.

The Pride No. 1 defense is expected to be one of the best units in the state in 2016 and a lot of that comes from D-Line.

No one has a better view of the havoc than all-state safety Isaiah Pola-Mao as the play develops and he makes his read.

“They are going to make my job so much easier,” Pola-Mao said. “The quarterback is going to have to make quick decisions and those are not always good ones.”

The Pride has always deployed three- and four-man fronts defending on the opponent and/or situation.

No matter what the defense steps on the field the group of Shomari Hayes, Khalif Ravenell, Matthew Pola-Mao and Daniel Pena are going to be hard to handle.

All are big

The group up front this year could be one of the best under Vaughan, and there is a different look to it.

In the past the Pride has been on the smaller side up front with the likes of Charlie Trevino, Mitchell Fraboni and Dillon Goulet, but now Hayes, Pola-Mao and Pena average 6-2 ¼ and 282.7 pounds.

Hayes and Pola-Mao set the tempo of the group. They evoke a ton of energy and in the today’s vernacular are always “looking to eat.” There were times in practice – whether it was the Pride’s ones on the line or the backups that the duo were just unstoppable.

It’s just training camp, and Friday’s nights are a different level, but in the handful times we’ve witnessed spring and training camp this group has been devastating.

Don’t be surprised if there are quite a few collisions once the season kicks off.

Busting loose

Shomari Hayes and the Mountain Pointe defensive front line will be hard to handle.

Hungry for more: MP football ready for expectations in 2016

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:47 pm

College scouts walking around Lovett Field at Mountain Pointe High School over the last three weeks for spring football practice probably had similar feelings as someone hitting up an all-you-can-eat buffet.

You just don’t know where to start.

It should be a salad, but the eyes are drawn to the carving station and dessert table.

And the Pride has a lot of beef up front and sweet delights at the skill positions.

“We’ve had all of the top programs come through,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “It’s been that way the last few years.”

Mountain Pointe will be back in the mix next season in the newly named 6A Conference as the Pride continues its drive toward being the top program in the state.

Over the last four seasons, the Pride has made two state title games, lost in the semifinals twice, won its first state title and have the best record — 48-6 — among top big-school programs, including Saguaro and Centennial, over that time span.

Last year was a true indicator of where the program stands as very few starters returned, and there were plenty of new faces that took over important starting roles and the team rolled off 12 straight wins before falling in the state semifinals.

“No one knew who we were last year,” said senior-to-be Eddie Rivas, who is moving from guard to tackle. “We never doubted it though.”

It also means that expectations fall on this team as the Pride heads into the 7-on-7 passing league portion of the offseason.

When national rankings come out Arizona could very well be represented by the Pride as they bring back several of last year’s starters.

“We won’t be sneaking up on anyone this time,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “We bring back a lot of players from a team that went undefeated (in the regular season).”

Vaughan, who begins his eighth year at Mountain Pointe, said he is anxious to see how this group of players handle expectations that pile up between now and Week 1 when they host Sandra Day O’Connor.

“I think they’ll be OK, but it is one of those things that you don’t know for sure until it happens,” he said. “By the end, we were the only undefeated team so the expectations have been there before. It’s a new team and we think we can be really good.”

It starts up front on both sides of the ball as the athletic size on the defensive front behind Shomari Hayes, Matty Pola-Mao, Daniel Pena and Khalif Ravenell.

The offensive line returns Mason Honne and Rivas on the outside at tackles and three newcomers.

They’ll be protecting a new quarterback in Noah Grover, but the senior-to-be showed the ability and had the confidence of the coaching staff to be the expected starter last season before All-Tribune quarterback Jack Smith moved in from Indiana.

“I was ready last year, but I had a chance to watch Jack do some great things,” Grover said. “I saw what he did wrong, too, and what coach Vaughan wants from his quarterback. I’m more prepared to take over now.”

The skills players — led by Jaydon Brooks, Isaiah Pola-Mao, Anthony Stephens — will be plentiful to give the Pride offense the same potential Mountain Pointe has had in the past.

“(Grover) was our guy,” Vaughan said. “We were confident he was going to be really good and now we think he will be the best quarterback in our region.”

The same can be said with the Pride as players like Antwaun Woodberry, Rashie Hodge, Xavier Cota and Kenny Churchwell take over more prominent roles with hopes of continuing or even advancing the level of success Mountain Pointe has become know for in nearly a decade of prominence.

“We didn’t do everything we wanted to last year,” Rivas said. “We’ve been working hard since the end of the season. We know what it takes and we are going to do everything we can between now and the start of the season.”

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