If nothing else, Mountain Pointe’s football team will have a winning season this year.
After going 2-8 last year, the Pride are 6-0 this season following a 35-13 East Valley regional victory over Mesa Skyline Friday night on homecoming at Karl Kiefer Stadium.
Mountain Pointe put on an offensive show for the raucous homecoming crowd in the first half, then first year coach Norris Vaughan had the Pride make a curtain call with a brief series of drills after the final buzzer.
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Images from DV/St.Mary's, MP/Skyline “I’m not disappointed,” Vaughan said, “we’re 6-0, but in the second half we acted like we never saw a pass before.”
The Pride lost their shutout in the third quarter when the Coyotes' Mike Bailey passed for two touchdowns, including one off of a fake 21-yard field goal.
Until then the Pride dominated the game as they had in four of their previous victories.
Mountain Pointe had 19 first downs in the first half and led, 28-0 at halftime, when it turned the field over to the Homecoming festivities.
Pride running back Davon Jones scored three touchdowns in the first half, including a 67-yard pass play from quarterback Austin Blom with seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
Mountain Pointe’s other half of the running duo, De’Andre Currie went 15 yards on the Pride’s second touchdown.
Penalties, especially motion flags, did more to push the Pride back than the Coyotes’ defense in the second quarter.
“We had a player (Ben Shook) get a concussion and we didn’t know it,” Vaughan explained. “He was jumping around and missing assignments until we got him out of there.”
But a Skyline roughing the passer penalty saved the Pride when they started going backwards.
After the reprieve Jones got the Pride in scoring position then took the ball into the end zone on a 3-yard run.
He capped his scoring night with a 22-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first half.
Bailey started to close the gap in the third period when he took the snap on the fake field goal and threw to Clint Imlay in the end zone.
After the Pride couldn’t convert a fourth down play, Bailey found Tyler Sinsabaugh with a 5-yard scoring pass to pull the Coyotes to 28-13.
Joey Leal, who is normally a linebacker for the Pride, got a rare opportunity to carry the ball out of the fullback spot and scored on a 3-yard run with a little less than six minutes left in the game.
When Bailey tried to bring the Coyotes back again, he was intercepted twice in the final two minutes.
Jones finished the night with 24 carries for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Currie also carried 24 times for 161 yards and a touchdown.
The Pride gained 322 yards in the ground despite having to go around or through 6-foot-4, 305-pound Coyotes’ lineman Chris Brown.
“He made it tough,” Vaughan said.
Mountain Pointe’s defense held Skyline to 30 yards on 20 rushing attempts.
Blom, who has been throwing a little more each game, completed 5-of-7 passed for 129 yards while Bailey was 15-of-26 for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pride were penalized 11 times for 90 yards.
Mountain Pointe gets a bye in its schedule this Friday before traveling to Gilbert Desert Ridge on Oct. 16 for another region game.
“We’re a little banged up right now, so I guess we can use the extra week,” Vaughan added.
Skyline 0 0 13 0 - 13
Mt. Pointe 14 14 0 7 - 35
First downs 25 11
Rush 58-322 20-30
Pass/attempt/int 5-7-129/0 15-26-142/2
Fumbles 1-1 1-0
Penalties 11-90 6-60
Davon Jones, a force as a runner this season, opened the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown reception from Austin Blom with seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
Player of the game:
Davon Jones carried the ball 24 times for 141 yards and two rushing touchdowns to go with a 67-yard touchdown reception.
Mountain Pointe is now 6-0 on the season; over the prior two seasons, the Pride finished with a combined record of 6 and 14.
MP - Jones 67 pass from Blom (Mora kick)MP - Currie 15 run (Mora Kick)MP- Jones 3 run (Mora kick)MP – Jones 22 run (Mora Kick)S – Imlay 11 pass from Bailey (kick failed)S – Sinsabaugh 5 pass from Bailey (Oiler kick)MP – Leal 3 run (Mora Kick)