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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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)
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