The Mountain Pointe football team has been described as athletic, fast, quick and plenty of other superlatives on the way to being considered Division I’s premier team and nationally ranked.
The Pride showed a side Friday not that is just as important but has been overlooked.
Mountain Pointe dismantled Corona del Sol 63-0 as expected at Karl Kiefer Stadium and did so in a near flawless fashion by executing the game plan in a situation that could have led to a sloppy game.
The Pride were playing as heavy favorites to kickoff homecoming weekend. It’s not always a good combination. They could have overlooked the Aztecs (1-7) or come out flat.
Instead Mountain Pointe might have had had its best executed game of the season.
“We came out and did what we needed to in order to take control of the game,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “I was proud of how we executed and took any chance of a letdown out of it.”
Mountain Pointe’s offense scored on all nine possessions, including seven in the first half as it scored 42 points on just 16 plays, to pile up a total of 389 yards.
It’s the equivalent of a perfect game offensively as quarterback Antonio Hinojosa completed all six pass attempts for 199 yards and four touchdowns, three of which when to senior Jalen Brown, who had four catches for 139 yards, including a spectacular one-handed job to close out the first half.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” said senior wide receiver/cornerback Timmy Hernandez, who had two rushes for 61 yards, one catch for 31 yards and an interception. “We showed some maturity and didn’t let the situation get the best of us.”
The defense set the school record with its fourth shutout of the season and have allowed 82 points in nine games.
In the first half, the Aztecs had 21 carries for 11 yards and 5 passing yards on one completion in 6 attempts. Overall, Corona finished with 46 yards, including the negative yardage on a blocked punt and five sacks, on 41 offensive plays.
The Aztecs were outplayed, but not overwhelmed by the situation.
Corona’s players played to the whistle, showed little frustration and didn’t worsen the situation by getting unsportsmanlike penalties. Instead, they lined up every play, running clock or not, and played hard until the whistle.
From that respect it was everything an interim coach like Tim Kelly would want to see from a team that has struggled to be competitive and had a midseason coaching change.
“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect our kid’s work ethic,” he said. “We came out and took it to them (two first downs) on the first drive and moved the ball before some dropped passes stopped us.
“They’ve overcome a great amount of obstacles. They’ve kept fighting and they keep showing up and that’s all we can ask them to do.”
But it was never going to be enough against the Pride as they surge toward the second 10-0 regular season in school history with one game remaining, after next week’s by week, at 2-6 Dobson on Nov. 1.
“I saw what I wanted to from this team,” senior Wesley Payne said. “We were focused and showed what we can do when we are.”
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Mountain Pointe 63, Corona del Sol 0
CDS 0 0 0 0—0
MP 21 28 0 14 – 69
MP – Leonard 2 run (Sheehan kick), 10:28
MP – Payne 2 runs (Sheehan kick), 5:29
MP – Brown 42 pass from Hinojosa (Sheehan kick), 2:02
MP – Leonard 2 run (Sheehan kick), 11:35
MP – Brown 59 pass from Hinojosa (Sheehan kick), 5:57
MP – Butler 31 pass from Hinojosa (Abercrombie kick), 4:13
MP – Brown 21 pass from Hinojosa (Abercrombie kick), 0:03
MP – Alston 1 run (Abercrombie kick), 10:18
MP – Townsend 14 run (Abercrombie kick), 4:30
First downs 8 14
Rushing 33-22 18-142
Passing 3-8-1-23 6-7-0-199
Penalties 6-67 2-20
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
CDS – Write 6-17, Freeland 7-1, Jones 9-19, Rhiner 10-(6), Riedell 1-1, Baker 1-(-10), MP – Hernandez 2-61, Townsend 4-42, Payne 6-39, Leonard 3-25, Lucas 2-15, Alston 1-1.
CDS – Rhiner 3-8-1-23. MP – Hinojosa 6-6-0-199, Alston 0-1-0-0.
CDS – Peat 1-7, Jones 1-6, Riedell 1-5. MP – Brown 4-137, Hernandez 1-31, Butler 1-31.