A come-from-behind football team last a week ago, Phoenix Mountain Pointe showed this week that it can also hold onto a lead.
With Davon Jones running for 153 yards and three touchdowns the Pride were able to stake out a 21-0 lead over Mesa Westwood before holding on for a 28-14 East Valley Region victory Friday Night at Karl Kiefer Stadium.
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Mountain Pointe takes on Mesa Westwood A week ago against Mesa Desert Ridge, Mountain Pointe rallied from a 28-0 halftime deficit to come out with a 35-34 victory.
The Warriors threatened to do the same to the Pride this week.
Midway through the third quarter, Westwood’s Valentino Gray ran 14 yards for a touchdown. Later, when Pride quarterback Austin Blom was hit trying to pass out of his own end zone, Robert Gledem recovered the fumble for Westwood for the easy touchdown.
Within six minutes the Warriors had cut a 21-0 Mountain Pointe led to 21-14 early in the fourth.
Westwood (5-4) bogged down the Pride’s offense through most of that period before De’Andre Currie found some running run down the right sideline and went 27 yards to give Mountain Pointe some breathing room with two minutes remaining.
When Mountain Pointe defensive back O.J. Quinones intercepted a Warriors pass in the final minute it cinched the Pride’s eighth victory of the season.
“I thought we thoroughly dominated the game on both sides of the ball,” Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said. “Our defense stopped their run and they’re a good football team.”
The fumble in the end zone made Vaughan sweat for a while, though.
“The big play was the fumble in the end zone,” he said, “but in order to win a state championship we got to do a lot other things besides running the ball.”
Jones opened the scoring with a 10 yard run midway through the first quarter, then came back with a 3-yard bust up the middle early in the second. He had a 4-yard touchdown called back on a Pride holding penalty but got it back on the 17-yard pass from Blom.
“We expect our kids to play like Warriors and I think we were,” Westwood coach Greg Mendez said. “We came out motivated and played as hard as we could, but Mountain Pointe is a good football team.”
Westwood 0 0 7 7 14
Mountain Pointe 7 14 0 7 28
First downs 17 14
Rush 43-265 37-79
Pass 3-9-1 10-19-1
Passing Yards 33 109
Penalties 7-65 5-45
Fumbles 1-1 0-0
Vitals: Mountain Pointe, which was 2-8 record last season, stretched its undefeated record to 8-0 with two games remaining in the regular schedule. Westwood fell to 5-4 overall in defeat.
Player of the Game – Mountain Pointe’s Davon Jones ran for 153 yards and ran for two touchdowns and caught a 17-yard pass from Austin Blom for another touchdown.
Stat – Mountain Pointe ran 43 times for 265 yards while the Pride defense held the Warriors to 79 yards on the ground.
Key Play: After trailing 21-0 at halftime, Westwood cut the lead to 21-14 after the Warrior defense forced a fumble on a pass attempt by Mountain Pointe quarterback Austin Lahr in the endzone. Westwood's Robert Gladem fell on the ball for the easy touchdown to cut the lead to one score.
MP - Davon Jones 10 run (Mora kick)
MP - Jones 3 run (Mora kick)
MP - Jones 17 pass from Austin Blom (Mora kick)
WW - Valentio Gray 14 run (kick good)
WW – Robert Gladem recover fumble in end zone (kick good)
MP – De’Andre Currie 27 run (Mora kick)