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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 5:35 am | Updated: 3:16 pm, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

Mathematically, Mountain Pointe scored once every two minutes in the first quarter.

Watching it play out, it seemed far more often.

The Pride scored six first-quarter touchdowns to bring about the running clock before the start of the second quarter then cruised to a 49-0 win at Kofa on Friday.

Mountain Pointe (4-4) set the tone early after holding Kofa (1-7) to a three-and-out on the first drive of the game, Dillan Johnson returned the punt 38 yards for a touchdown 81 seconds into the contest.

"They jumped on us quick," Kofa coach Kevin Moore said. "But like I told the guys just now, we have to put these first eight weeks behind us. It's a two week season now. Homecoming (against winless San Luis) next week and the Kofa-Yuma game to look forward to."

Kofa followed with another three-and-out, then the Pride went 66 yards on three plays, capped by a 10-yard Johnson run with 7:35 left. They added another score 3:35 later when Caleb Buck threw the first of his three touchdown passes, finding Jalen Brown.

Michael Klakulak fumbled the kickoff for Kofa, went back to pick the ball up at the 5, but was slow to get it. It was knocked into the end zone during the dash for the ball, and David Cannon came out of the bottom of the pile with it for a Mountain Pointe score.

"We made some big plays and they had a lot of bad plays," Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. "We kicked off and we scored. We got the punt return to set the tone of the game. We fair caught the ball the rest of the night cause we wanted to run some offense."

Ben Contreras was picked off three plays into the next Kofa drive, then Buck found Johnson from 10 yards out. Another Kofa three-and-out was followed by a 15-yard Johnson run with 21.3 seconds left in the quarter and a 42-0 lead.

"We can go all night if you want to go through everything (that cost the Kings), but they're a good football team and they took it to us," Moore said.

Johnson, who played quarterback later in the game for the Pride, had eight carries for 69 yards and two scores, plus had a receiving score. Buck threw for 125 yards and Brown caught five passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

The Kings had 134 yards of total offense, including 91 passing yards from Ben Contreras.

The Kings had a chance to score on their final possession of the game, but failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Pride 7-yard line.

"I think the fact we were able to move the ball at all in the second half was kind of a good positive step forward for us," Moore said. "The fact we didn't get in there at the end, yeah it hurts. But at the end of the day, we'll put it past us and come out better next week."

Cafirio is a writer for the Yuma Sun.

 

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