Varsity Football · Orem overwhelms Mountain View in season opener, 51-14


Mountain View huddles before kickoff. Photo Credit: Starship Productions- Samson Kaloni

This article was written by student reporter Tony Jeppson, a senior at Mountain View High School. Tony will be writing recaps for our site after each football game this season.

OREM, Utah — The Mountain View football team fell 51-14 to Orem Friday night in their 2020 season opener at the Bruin Bowl. Bruin quarterback Kaden Kunz had one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in the loss. Wide receiver David Hair caught one touchdown for the Bruins. On the defensive side, Aaron Hyatt recorded one interception in the second quarter.

First Quarter

After going three-and-out, Orem recovered a muffed punt at the Bruin 4-yard line. Running back Tauhi Tupola got the Tigers on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown run. After forcing the Bruins to punt the ball away, Orem quarterback Micah Fe’a hooked up with Joe Smith for a 67-yard touchdown, increasing the Tigers’ early lead to 14-0.

On the next play from scrimmage, a fumbled exchange between Kaden Kunz and Max Blackwell was recovered by Orem at the Bruin 15-yard line. On fourth-and-goal from the Bruin 2-yard line, Tupola found the end zone again and the Tigers led 21-0 going into the second quarter.

Second Quarter

The Bruin defense opened the quarter by forcing Orem to punt. After a Mountain View three-and-out, Junior Teaupa was unable to get off a punt and fumbled the ball back to Orem at the Bruin’s 25-yard line. Orem capitalized off this Mountain View turnover with a 20-yard touchdown run from Smith.

Down 28-0, the Bruins were aided by multiple Orem penalties and put together a drive that ended with a 1-yard Kunz touchdown run. On the ensuing Orem drive, Aaron Hyatt picked off Fe’a for the Bruins’ only takeaway of the game. After driving as far as the Orem 6-yard line, back-to-back sacks forced Mountain View into a fourth-and-goal from the 26-yard line which they were unable to convert into points.

The Tigers led 35-7 after another touchdown throw from Fe’a late in the second quarter. On the last play of the first half, David Hair caught a 17-yard touchdown, bringing the halftime score to 35-14.

Third Quarter

After the Bruins’ top running back McKay Strauss left the game with an apparent injury, Orem got the ball back and added to its lead with another Fe’a to Smith touchdown pass. The Tigers scored again less than two minutes later on a safety after the ball flew over punter Conner Ericksen’s head on the snap.

On the next Orem drive, Fe’a tossed his fourth touchdown of the game giving the Tigers a 51-14 lead going into fourth quarter.

Mountain View’s defense lines up to stop the Orem offense. Photo Credit: Starship Productions- Samson Kaloni

Fourth Quarter

Backup quarterback Jackson McCarty replaced starter Kaden Kunz in the fourth quarter. After Mountain View turned the ball over with another fumble, an Orem drive ended after a missed 42-yard field goal. The Bruins failed to convert on fourth down and gave the ball back to Orem. Both teams were unsuccessful in scoring in the fourth quarter and the Tigers sealed the win.

Mountain View takes on their crosstown rivals Timpanogos Timberwolves next week on August 21 at 7 p.m. Once available, tickets for the game can be purchased online at https://twolvesathletics.com/event-tickets. The game will be broadcast on the NFHS Network but a link hasn’t been shared by Timpanogos yet.

Post Game Quotes

Mountain View Head Coach Tyler Anderson

“It was a little rough. It’s the first game; you expect a lot of mistakes. We gave them the ball too many times on the turnovers that first half, way too many mistakes. But I saw a lot of good things too. We got a few kids injured which is not good, but overall, it was a good game for us to get out of the way.”

On preparation for Timpanogos

“We’ve just got to get healthy and then just keep working hard. Orem is three-time defending state champs for a reason, and we were right there with them, we just had too many mistakes. We can’t have those mental mistakes next week.”

Mountain View safety Aaron Hyatt

On interception

“I was covering the second receiver in and I saw him come out ten yards and cut in, a play I’m familiar with. I took a quick glance at the quarterback and saw him scrambling and threw a crazy pass and it just fell to me.”

On defense

“I thought we could have done better. 51 points, that’s not great. I think we could have done a little better getting off blocks. I think a few minor mistakes made the difference.”

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