Mustangs come alive, thump Grizzlies
By Wes Mangum sports writer Sep 2, 2016 (0)
Offense, defense and special teams.
No matter which side of the ball they were on, the Mustangs were in control.
After a slow start, Mountain Crestâs football team erupted in the second quarter en route to a convincing 41-13 win over valley rival Logan. Despite the score, Friday nightâs contest at Crimson Field was a chippy, physical affair for both teams.
âThis game means a lot to our community and to us as a team, so it was really satisfying getting this win,â Mountain Crestâs Mosiah Laulu-Pututau said. âComing out of the first quarter we were a little sluggish, but we got a spark and got going.â
After the first quarter, it appeared as if the defenses for both teams were going to set the pace. After each team traded punts twice, the Grizzlies struck first. Jonny Parkinson found Charlie Jensen wide open over the middle for a 58-yard touchdown to put Logan up 6-0.
Halfway through the second quarter, Laulu-Pututau and his counterpart on the defensive line, Keone Tupuola, provided the Mustangs with their spark of energy.
With the Mustangs leading 7-6 after a Brady Hall touchdown pass to Jace Dart, the Grizzlies had the ball deep in their own territory. Parkinson dropped back to pass and was hit hard on the blindside by Laulu-Pututau, causing the ball to squirt loose and into the hands of the nearby Tupuola. The two defensive linemen wrecked havoc in the Logan backfield all night long, as each recorded three sacks.
âThe credit goes to the coaches in practice,â Laulu-Pututau said. âWe worked on that in our drills, and that worked out for us.â
Two plays later, Mountain Crestâs Beau Robinson dashed into the end zone from 15 yards out to make it 14-6. The Mustangs never looked back from that point on.
âWe started out really slow,â MC head coach Jason Lee said. âWe just took off in the second quarter and got some momentum. We got some sacks on their quarterback and some pressure, and that got us going.â
The Mountain Crest defense fed off of the energy and forced Logan into a three-and-out series. Hall and the Mustang offense came out and marched down the field, and put the exclamation point on the first half with an impressive touchdown pass.
On first and 10 from the Logan 20-yard line, Hall rolled out to pass and connected with Creedyn Foulger. The junior tight end hauled in the perfectly placed pass over his shoulder in the corner of the end zone, dragging his toes to complete the amazing catch with a Logan defensive back draped over him.
âThose two really have something going,â Lee said. âBrady can make that throw a lot, and Creedyn has great hands. That one is tough to defend, thereâs nothing you can do about that.â
Mountain Crest took the momentum with them into the locker room at halftime, and maintained it. They took the wind out of Loganâs sails with a huge special teams play shortly after the intermission.
Dart caught a Logan punt and, with a few well-placed blocks, he took it to the house. Dart turned on the jets and went untouched up the middle of the field, and MCâs lead was extended to 28-6.
âIt was a little bit ahead of me,â Dart said of the low punt. âIt was a broken play, and I just ran it in. Things worked out. I guess they just couldnât catch me.â
Loganâs offense was held in check by the Mustang defenders. The Grizzlies finished the night with only 119 yards. MC swarmed to the ball on every Logan rushing attempt, holding the Grizzlies to a painful minus 14 yards on the ground. This forced Logan to rely on passing attempts to play catch-up, and the deficit was too big for the hosts.
Hall had a well-balanced game. The sophomore completed nine of his 15 passing attempts for 94 yards and two TDs, all of which came in the first half. Hall also ran for 63 yards and a score.
Nick Nethercott rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs, with a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
â(Former head coach) Mark Wootton always told me that these games against Logan end up being knock-down, drag-out fights,â Lee said. âOur kids came out and they did what they wanted to do.â