The lightning may have delayed the game but it did not take long for Mountain Pointe to strike against North.
On the first play from scrimmage senior wide receiver Jalen Brown took a slant route pass from senior quarterback Antonio Hinojosa 47 yards to the 1-yard line. Senior running back Wesley Payne punched it in for a touchdown on the next play.
After only a couple seconds the tone was set as the Pride went on to roll the Mustangs 69-0 on Friday at Karl Kiefer Stadium.
“It was kind of a mismatch,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “They’re not equipped to handle a team like us at this time right now. They’re a young team, they’re growing. You can tell they’re inexperienced. I don’t think the weather had anything to do with anything. We played and we’re pretty good and they have a ways to go.”
North (0-1) was outmatched from a size and skill stand point no doubt. In the first quarter the Mustangs had only two positive offensive plays.
Mountain Pointe (2-0) was able to score at will and the Pride went up 42-0 in the first quarter to secure a running clock the rest of the game.
It led to the starters being substituted out pretty early but when they were in they made the most of their time.
Brown followed up his first catch with two long touchdown catches. One grab he took a pass for a 41-yard touchdown. The second he snatched a simple hook route, eluded several tackles, changed direction and ran for a touchdown.
The senior receiver continued to show why he is one of the best receivers in the state for his ability to break tackles and gain yards after catches.
Hinojosa and Brown were on the same page right from the start.
“You just throw the ball up and you know he is going to get it,” Hinojosa said. “Not to put them down, he’s kind of a mismatch on teams like this. It makes it really easy on the quarterback.”
Hinojosa was connecting with the rest of his receivers besides Brown throughout the game. Vaughan said the senior quarterback was the key reason the Pride got off to a quick start.
“I thought early on our quarterback, he was the guy,” Vaughan said. “He was hitting everything.”
The starters like Hinojosa and Brown came off the field very early so it gave the backups almost three quarters to play.
With the second string in the offensive onslaught continued. Junior quarterback Alston Garvin had a perfect line with a touchdown and senior running back Deontay Townsend had two touchdowns.
The second team continued to put up 27 points but there were a lot of penalties toward the end of the game.
Vaughan was not concerned about all the flags.
“We had guys playing positions that they have never played,” Vaughan said. “We had 65 kids and we played everybody except the JV kids that were dressed out. So the penalties are not a big deal. We got young guys that never get to play got in the game, they got excited and they made a few mistakes.”
Mountain Pointe’s next game is Friday Sept. 6 at Cesar Chavez.
Hubbard is Tempe-based freelance writer.
Mountain Pointe 69, North 0
Rushing: MP 20-232, North 27-(-22)
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): MP 6-6-223-4-0, North 6-17-63-0-1
North 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Mountain Pointe 42 13 7 7 -- 69
MP: Payne 1 run
MP: Brown 41 reception
MP: Jones punt block return
MP: Payne 9 yard run
MP: Brown 51 reception
MP: Hernandez 57 reception
MP: Butler 13 reception (missed PAT)
MP: Townsend 48 run
MP: Townsend 52 run
MP: Lauer 42 run