The order of business for Mountain Pointe wasn’t much different than the previous weeks.
Play as efficient as possible on offense, don’t budge on defense and build a big lead early on so the will of the opposition starts to wane.
The top-seeded Pride followed it pretty much to script in thumping No. 16 Boulder Creek 55-7 on Friday in the first-round of the Division I playoffs at Karl Kiefer Stadium.
Mountain Pointe (11-0) will host No. 9 Red Mountain (6-5) after the Mountain Lions handled No. 8 Highland, 34-6.
“We had some mistakes, but that wasn’t the type of game we expected,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “We had the running game going as Wesley Payne ran really well and Jalen Brown continues to make big plays and the defense didn’t give up anything.”
The Pride had a few too many penalties, missed an extra point and the backups allowed a touchdown to end the chance of extending the team record of four shutouts in a season, but all-in-all it was another impressive showing.
The defense allowed 36 yards in the first half and stopped the Jaguars (5-6) on three fourth down attempts to get the ball right back to the offense.
On two of those turnover-on-downs the Pride scored on the first play from scrimmage and at one point had three straight one-play scoring drives and four overall.
“We needed to show them why we were seeded No. 1 and they were No. 16,” senior linebacker Trey Lauer said. “Once we got the lead we just kept piling it on.”
The Jaguars opened the game with an onside kick, but it went out of bounds to set up the Pride with the short field.
Paul Lucas scored a few players later on a 38-yard to get it started as Mountain Pointe scored on six of seven offensive possessions in the first half (7 of 8 overall by the 1st team) and piled up 322 yards in the first half.
Payne, showing some speed to go with his usual power running, scored on runs of 57 and 39 yards, while Brown caught four passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns, the first of which gave him the school record for most career touchdowns (48).
Quarterback Antonio Hinojosa finished with his fourth game of completing 100 percent of his passes, this time going 10 for 10 for 180 yards and three touchdowns.
The Pride, which has had three players break arms in recent weeks, were without their top kicker/punter Ryan Sheehan, who was hurt in practice Wednesday, and wide receiver/cornerback Timmy Hernandez didn’t play in the second half because of hip injury.
Other than that it all added up to another dominate win in what Mountain Pointe hopes is a season that lasts three more weeks.
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No. 1 Mountain Pointe 55, No. 16 Boulder Creek 7
BC 0 0 0 7 - 7
MP 13 28 7 7- 55
MP – Lucas 38 run (kick failed), 9:12
MP – Brown 27 pass from Hinojosa (Abercrombie kick), 1:17
MP – Payne 57 run (Abercrombie kick), 11:13
MP – Brown 32 pass from Hinojosa (Abercrombie kick), 7:17
MP – Payne 39 run (Abercrombie kick), 5:11
MP – Brown 7 pass from Hinojosa (Abercrombie kick), 0.00
MP – Leonard 6 run (Abercrombie kick), 7:24
BC – D. Johnson 6 pass from G. Johnson (Perna kick), 4:52
MP – Ellis 79 run (Abercrombie kick), 4:28.
First downs 7 12
Rushing 21-22 18-272
Passing 10-18-0-66 11-12-0-194
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties 2-20 8-73
BC – G. Johnson 11-27, Kautzman 2-(-1), Dawson 1-(-2), Parenteau 2-(-2), Byrd 2-7, Bedatsky 1-(-3), Essary 1-(-2). MP – Payne 6-113, Lucas 4-63, Leonard 4-17, Ellis 1-79, Blohm 1-0.
BC – Johnson 11-17-0-66, No. 6 0-1-0-0. MP – Hinojosa 10-10-0-180, Alston 1-2-0-14.
BC – D. Johnson 8-35, Parenteau 2-11, Kautzman 1-3, Haney 1-17. MP – Brown 4-130, Hernandez 3-27, Butler 3-40.