OREM, Utah — The Mountain View football team picked up its first win of the season on Friday night at Timpanogos High School. Thanks to a big third quarter, the Bruins were able to defeat the Timpanogos Timberwolves 53-13. After leading by eight at halftime, Mountain View (1-1) scored four touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to guarantee its rivalry win over crosstown rival Timpanogos (0-2).
Bruin quarterback Kaden Kunz threw for 310 yards and was responsible for four total touchdowns, three passing and one rushing. Kynan Sigua, David Hair, Max Blackwell and Jaimon Hill all caught touchdown passes for Mountain View. Both Coleman Curtis and Liam Hone finished the contest with one rushing touchdown each.
The Bruin defense forced seven turnovers, four of those coming in the third quarter. Senior defensive end Eli Stafford recorded the first Mountain View defensive touchdown of the season when he returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Aaron Hyatt added two interceptions, bringing his season total to three. Radi Stafford created two takeaways for the Bruins, one interception and one fumble recovery.
On its first drive, Mountain View reached the THS 9-yard line before a Kaden Kunz fumble was returned 91 yards by Kaden Harvey for a Timpanogos touchdown. The Bruins responded two plays later when Kynan Sigua escaped for a 70-yard touchdown reception to even the score. Late in the quarter as the Timberwolves were deep in Bruin territory, Aaron Hyatt made an amazing grab to pick off THS quarterback Matu Holdaway in the end zone, ending the Timpanogos drive.
Timpanogos began the quarter with its first offensive touchdown of the season when Holdaway found Trevor Herrick in the end zone for a 23-yard score. Down 13-7, Eli Stafford scored a defensive touchdown for the Bruins when he returned an interception 36 yards for a score, giving Mountain View a 14-13 lead. On the ensuing drive, E. Stafford blocked a Timpanogos punt which was returned by Liam Hone to the Timberwolf 32-yard line. Less than two minutes later, Hone found the end zone on a one-yard run. The Bruins got the ball back with a chance to score before the half, but an Ivan Cueva 26-yard field goal went wide as time expired. Mountain View led 21-13 at halftime.
The Bruins received the ball to begin the second half and scored on a two-play, 56-yard drive when David Hair took a pass from Kunz for 39 yards and a touchdown. Radi Stafford recovered a fumble on the following kickoff to set up the Bruin offense at the THS 34-yard line. The drive ended with Kunz diving for the goal line and scoring a 5-yard touchdown, giving Mountain View a 33-13 lead. After another fumble was recovered by Mote Mounga, the Bruins scored again when Max Blackwell faked out his defender on a pass from Kunz and darted 46 yards to the end zone to extend the Mountain View lead to 39-13. Radi Stafford and Aaron Hyatt both recorded interceptions in the third quarter. With less than four minutes left in the third, Coleman Curtis refused to be tackled and scored his first touchdown of the year on a 25-yard touchdown run. The Bruins had seized total control by the end of the quarter and led 46-13 heading into the fourth.
Mountain View added to its lead only once in the final quarter. Bruin quarterback Jackson McCarty threw his first touchdown of the season to wideout Jaemon Hill from 27 yards out. Hill made a diving grab in the end zone to put the finishing touches on the rivalry win over Timpanogos, 53-13.
Mountain View has added a game during their previously scheduled bye week. The Bruins will face the Dixie High School Flyers from St. George (0-2). Kickoff will be 7 p.m. MT at the Bruin Bowl. Tickets will be available online later in the week. Advance tickets and face coverings are required.
Post Game Quotes
Mountain View Head Coach Tyler Anderson
On second half:
“We made some good adjustments offensively at halftime and then the defense got us those turnovers that helped get momentum. Coming right out at half and getting a score got the momentum back and the defense got a turnover. It was a great third quarter.”
On importance of the win:
“It’s big to get the momentum back on your side and getting kids confidence. Kaden [Kunz] getting confidence in that second half; that’s big.”
Mountain View defensive end Eli Stafford:
On playing first game back:
“It was very exciting. I had a great time. My teammates have accepted me back very well. I’m glad they let me play with them. I had a good time.”
“I heard my teammates saying, ‘Watch the screen play,’ and then it happened. I was right there, and I was ready for it and I had studied it a little bit. I watched their quarterback throw it right to my hands and I was right there.”
On second half surge:
“I think we in the locker room kept ourselves motivated. Liam Hone, he did a great job at keeping us motivated and the coaches did a great job as well.”
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