Varsity Football · Mountain View rallies for 21-20 win over Dixie

The Mountain View offense threatens to score in the first quarter. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

OREM, Utah — The Mountain View Bruins defeated the Dixie Flyers 21-20 at the Bruin Bowl on Friday night.

Down by six with 1:25 left, Mountain View (2-1) drove 53 yards and took a one-point lead over Dixie (0-3) with 40 seconds left on a 5-yard touchdown run by Liam Hone.

Mountain View senior Max Blackwell left the Bruin Bowl in an ambulance late in the third quarter while the Bruins were trailing 14-20.

“It’s awesome to get a win for Max,” noted Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson. “Prayers with him. It was good that he was moving his legs and stuff so we’re hoping that it’s nothing serious. That was an awesome way to win and to do it for Max was great.”

Quarterback Kaden Kunz threw for one touchdown and two interceptions in the win. David Hair recorded his third receiving touchdown of the season. Hair, the Bruins’ leading receiver, has scored one touchdown in each game this season. Starting at running back for the first time this year, Colton Burr ran in a touchdown for the Bruins on their first drive of the game.

Senior defensive end Chris Esparza recorded two sacks for Mountain View. Defensive lineman Mote Mounga had his second consecutive week with a takeaway, recovering a Dixie fumble for the Bruins early in the third quarter.

First quarter

The Bruins took control of the ball after a turnover on downs by Dixie. A 24-yard pass to Colton Burr set up Mountain View deep in Flyer territory. Burr capped off Mountain View’s opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, giving the Bruins a 7-0 lead to begin the game. Dixie answered on their next drive when Flyers quarterback Bronson Barber connected with Shea Anderson from 20 yards out to even the score at 7 apiece.

Mountain View wide receiver Colton Burr catches a pass in the first quarter. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

Second quarter

Dixie took the lead less than a minute into the second quarter when a 23-yard field goal attempt from Rene Bernal was true. On the ensuing drive, however, Mountain View regained the lead on a 64-yard touchdown pass to David Hair. After both teams traded punts, Dixie got on the board again with an 11-yard touchdown pass and took a 17-14 lead. The half ended with Kunz throwing his first interception of the year.

Mountain View receiver hauls in a pass in the second quarter. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

Third quarter

On the first drive of the second half, Kunz was picked off again. After the interception, Dixie put together a drive to the Mountain View 5-yard line. A fumble recovery from Mote Mounga gave the Bruins their first takeaway of the game and prevented the Flyers from adding to their three-point lead. However, on its third straight drive, the Mountain View offense gave away the ball on an interception, this time thrown by backup quarterback Jackson McCarty. On the same play, Mountain View senior wide receiver Max Blackwell sustained a hit in the head and neck area and had to leave the Bruin Bowl in an ambulance.

Fourth quarter

Starting on a short field to begin the fourth quarter, a 39-yard Dixie field goal from Bernal was good again, stretching the Flyer lead to six, 20-14. After another Mountain View punt, a Dixie 37-yard field goal attempt went wide right. The Bruins took over on their own 20-yard line with five minutes left. Mountain View wide receiver Connor Kindrick caught a 27-yard pass as part of a 54-yard drive that put the Bruins offense on the Flyer 26-yard line. On fourth down with less than three minutes left, the Bruins were unable to convert turned over the ball back to Dixie. Thanks to a Chris Esparza sack and stout defense, the Bruins forced the Flyers to punt. The Bruins offense began its final drive on its own 47-yard line with 1:25 left. Multiple quick throws from Kunz kept the drive alive for Mountain View. After David Hair caught a pass over the middle, the Bruins benefited off of a roughing-the-passer penalty on Dixie that set up first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Liam Hone scampered into the endzone for the go-ahead score on the following play, giving the Bruins a 21-20 lead with just 40 seconds left.

Mountain View will travel to Ogden Fri. for their first Region 10 game against the Ogden Tigers (3-0). The game will be live streamed by Ogden High School on at 7 p.m. MT.

Post-game quotes:

Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson:

On offensive struggles in second half:

“They made some adjustments and we just weren’t clicking. We were rushing a few things. Some of our receivers ran some wrong routes but they came through [in] the end.”

On game-winning drive:

“That’s awesome to be able to do with no timeouts left in that short of time to drive down and get a win.”

Mountain View running back/linebacker Liam Hone:

On the team’s response after Max’s injury:

“That was big like momentum for us and we really got focused after that. That was the loudest the Bruin Bowl has ever been when I’ve been playing so it was a good environment and it was a good win.”

On go-ahead touchdown run:

“I saw the outside backer come down, so I pivoted and went back up and then I just scored.”

On the win:

“It’s big, Dixie is definitely a good team down there and they put us on notice so we’re contenders.”

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