The Mountain Pointe Pride took home a 48-0 shutout win over the Highland Hawks Friday night in Gilbert.
What ended up being a high scoring game for the Pride, started with a scoreless first quarter. Senior running back Antwaun Woodberry ended the scoring drought with a 25-yard touchdown run early in the second that jumpstarted the team.
“We had a big game last week in Desert Vista so we came out a little bit flat, like I thought we would,” Mountain Pointe head coach Norris Vaughan said.
With less than five minutes left in the half, senior running back Rashie Hodge Jr. took the ball 23 yards for the score to extend the lead to 14-0 following a Ben Abercrombie kick.
While the Pride enjoyed a nice lead before half, senior quarterback Noah Grover took a late hit and went down with a leg injury. He would leave the game and not return. Before going down, he went 7-11 for 83 yards. Sophomore Nick Wallerstedt took over signal-calling duties.
Woodberry found the end zone once again, this time from 34 yards with less than 30 seconds to play before halftime.
“We made a good drive at the end to score, which was big, with our backup quarterback,” Vaughan said. “Our backup quarterback came in and played really well, he’s going to be an outstanding quarterback.”
Mountain Pointe’s defense was red hot in the first half, only allowing 57 yards through the air and held the Hawks’ rushing attack to negative two yards.
The Pride opened up the second half much like they ended the first with another Hodge Jr. touchdown run from 3-yards out. He finished the night rushing for over 100 yards and added three touchdowns.
Juniors Je’on Moss and Delano Salgado would cap off the night with two more rushing scores to give the Pride a 48-0 win over the Hawks.
“They executed really well in the second half,” Vaughan said. “The first half we did not execute at all like we should, but really the last three quarters we played really well.”
And while the offense was rolling, the defense deserved a ton of credit. It held the Hawks to five yards on the ground and under 100 yards in the passing game. Senior defensive back Isaiah Pola-mao also added an interception.
Mountain Pointe moves to 7-0, while Highland drops to 2-5. The Pride will look to remain unbeaten when it travels to Desert Ridge and Highland will look to bounce back at Desert Vista next week.
Mountain Pointe 48, Highland 0
MP 0 21 14 13-48
HHS 0 0 0 0-0
MP – Woodberry 25 run (Abercrombie kick), 8:19
MP – Hodge Jr. 23 run (Abercrombie kick), 4:43
MP – Woodberry 30 run (Abercrombie kick), 00:29
MP – Hodge Jr. 3 run (Abercrombie kick), 6:21
MP – Hodge 25 run (Abercrombie kick), 1:10
MP – Moss 1 run (Abercrombie kick), 8:38
MP – Salgado 34 run (2-pt. conv. No Good), 00:24
Pass Yards: 121
Total Yards: 503
Pass Yards: 95
Total yards: 100
MP – Grover 7-11-83, Wallerstedt 3-4-38
HHS – Kersting 11-25-1-95
MP – Stephens 16-78, Woodbury 6-78, 2 TDs, Hodge Jr. 11-114, 3 TDs, Moss 3-15, TD, Brooks 3-6, Grover 1-3, Wallerstedt 3-33
HHS – Cullimore 3-4, Fumble, Wood 5- (-3), Brandt 5-0
MP – Pola-mao 3-13, Brooks 4-80, Hinojosa 2-21, Churchwell 1-6
HHS – Zimmerman 4-44, Lunt 1-3, Brandt 2-22, Cullimore 2-15, Castillo 2-11