Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan did not want to run up the score.
Twice in the fourth quarter the Pride started their drive inside Maryvale territory and Vaughan decided to attempt for the field goal on first down.
The kicker missed the field goal both times which was a good thing because Vaughan did not want to pour it on anymore; his team was already up by 72.
“We kicked the field goal because we didn’t want to score a touchdown,” Vaughan said. “It’s unfortunate. They’re a good group, they got a good coach, they’re just young and inexperienced and what can you say. I don’t enjoy playing a game like this.”
The Mountain Pointe (4-0) back-ups enjoyed this game because after scoring 51 in the first half the starters were done early in Thursday’s 72-0 win.
One starter, junior running back Paul Lucas struck first for Mountain Pointe with a 6-yard touchdown run. He returned to the end zone again on an 18-yard hand-off to the outside.
“In certain situations they use me right,” Lucas said. “Like when we get close to the end zone we run sweeps.”
Vaughan said if Lucas stayed in the game it might have been even worse for Maryvale.
“Paul Lucas could have had 500 yards tonight probably,” Vaughan said. “We were just trying to protect them in the second half.”
Going into the game, the Mountain Pointe players knew that Maryvale (0-3) was not going to be the toughest opponent it would face this season. Lucas said the goal was to play a clean game without any penalties.
Lucas said pre-snap infractions and penalties that happen during the play have been hurting the Pride season. The game against Maryvale was a chance for the Pride to shore up some problems they’ve had after the whistle.
“It was more just playing and stopping all of our extra-curricular like talking or late hits,” Lucas said. “Whenever they say something we don’t respond back. Everybody’s just playing football.”
Besides Lucas, senior quarterback Antonio Hinojosa was lights out again. During the Pride’s avalanche of points, Hinojosa threw three touchdowns to three different receivers.
Besides the first game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman the starting offensive group has not been on the field very much in the Pride’s first three games in Arizona.
Even though the offense has not had a lot of time together Hinojosa believes the group is progressing well.
“Timing, chemistry, line blocking everything is coming together real nice,” Hinojosa said. “I think we are ready for this four-game tough stretch that we are about to have.”
Hubbard is a Tempe-based freelance writer.
Mountain Pointe 72, Maryvale 0
MP 30 21 21 0 – 72
M 0 0 0 0 – 0
MP: RB Paul Lucas 6-yard run
MP: Tackle by DE Charlie Trevino causes Maryvale safety
MP: RB Wesley Payne 65-yard kick return (John Abercrombie kick) 6:47
MP: QB Antonio Hinojosa 24-yard pass to WR Emmanuel Butler (Abercrombie kick) 5:50
MP: Hinojosa 27-yard pass to WR Jalen Brown (Abercrombie kick) 1:26
MP: RB Deontay Townsend 17-yard run (Abercrombie kick) 11:00
MP: Hinojosa 42-yard screen pass to WR Timmy Hernandez (Ryan Sheehan kick) 6:00
MP: Lucas 18-yard run (Abercrombie kick) 5:05
MP: Townsend 3-yard run (Abercrombie kick) 9:30
MP: DE Keaton Rausch recover fumble in the end zone (Cullen Washabaugh kick) 9:00
MP: RB John Oper 13-yard run (Sheehan kick) 1:01
Rushing: 19-137 14-(-33)
Passing: 5-5-0-110 3-17-0-27
Penalties: 4-40 1-10
Fumbles-lost: 1-0 4-2
Hinojosa passing: 4-4-105-3-0
Lucas rushing: 3-32-2