The Mountain Pointe Pride took home the victory Friday night after a decisive 56-16 win over the Gilbert Tigers.
It was Mountain Pointe’s 10th consecutive win for a perfect regular season record. It was also head coach Norris Vaughan’s fourth undefeated season in eight seasons at Mountain Pointe, and iseventh undefeated season in his 12 years of coaching in Arizona.
“We work really, really hard and our kids play hard,” Vaughan said. “We work hard, we play hard and hope things come out all right.”
The Pride got things rolling early in the first quarter when senior wide receiver Jaydon Brooks took a Gilbert punt 70 yards for the score.
“Jaydon had a great game, he had two punt returns for touchdowns” Vaughan said. “He caught several passes, he’s a super player.”
The Tigers scored on the ensuing drive with a 35-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3. Mountain Pointe junior wide receiver Delano Salgado answered back with a 6-yard plunge into the end zone with 4:54 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter senior running back Rashie Hodge Jr. found the end zone on two separate occasions. He ran 57 yards for one score and sophomore quarterback Nick Wallerstedt connected with him on a 39-yard pass for another.
“Hodge had a great game, he caught a couple big plays,” Vaughan said. “Our quarterback was big tonight as well.
:I thought we played really well, but we had a few errors here and there.”
The Pride’s defense stymied the Tigers with a scoreless second quarter. They totaled seven sacks on the night, while Gilbert’s junior quarterback Jack Plummer went 23-45 for 294 yards and a touchdown.
“We played pretty well on defense,” Vaughan said. “Their quarterback is pretty special; he played well, did a lot of things and caused a lot of problems.”
The Tigers opened up the second half with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Plummer to junior wide receiver Dawson Tanner, but Mountain Pointe moved down the field and scored off a Salgado 5-yard run to push the lead back to 26.
In the fourth quarter Brooks put the nail in the coffin with a 65-yard punt return, his second of the night, and Wallerstedt added a 37-yard run to put the Pride up 56-16 over the Tigers.
“I thought our quarterback played really well,” Vaughan said. “We thought he had a big game running and throwing.”
Mountain Pointe finishes the regular season 10-0 (5-0), while Gilbert falls to 1-9 (0-5). The Pride will find out where they’re seeded Saturday, Oct. 29, when the AIA reveals the playoff brackets for 6A and the other divisions around Arizona.
Mountain Pointe 56, Gilbert 16
MP 14 21 7 14
GHS 9 0 7 0
MP – Brooks 70 kick return (Abercrombie kick), 9:51
GHS – Carlson 35 FG, 6:28
MP – Salgado 6 run (Abercrombie kick), 4:54
GHS – Tanner 2 run (Carlson kick blocked), 1:46
MP – Hodge Jr. 57 run (Abercrombie kick), 11:14
MP – Hodge Jr. 39 pass from Wallerstedt (Abercrombie kick), 4:55
MP – Brooks 23 pass from Wallerstedt (Abercrombie kick), 1:01
GHS – Tanner 10 pass from Plummer (Carlson kick), 9:59
MP – Salgado 5 run (Abercrombie kick), 3:53
MP – Brooks 65 kick return (Abercrombie kick), 9:13
MP – Wallerstedt 37 run (Abercrombie kick), 3:32
Pass Yards: 180
Total Yards: 440
Pass Yards: 294
Total Yards: 361
MP – Wallerstedt 10-15-180, 2 TDs, 2 INT
GHS – Plummer 23-45-294, TD
MP – Hodge Jr. 6-74, TD, Salgado 8-49, 2 TDs, Brooks 3-0, Wallerstedt 4-78, TD, Stephens 11-59
GHS – Middleton 3-16, Hardy 2-1, Plummer 6-16, Tanner 3-13, TD, Laganke 1-10, Luton 2-0
MP – Brooks 7-100, TD, Hodge Jr. 2-78, TD, Stephens 1-2
GHS – Heywood 4-70, Tanner 5-36, TD, Morales 4-30, Mckernan 1-3, Turcotte 3-29
MP – Abercrombie 8-8 PAT
GHS – Carlson 1-2 PAT, FG
MP – Brooks 2-135, 2 TDs