OREM, Utah — The Mountain View football team overcame multiple turnovers to defeat the Ogden Tigers Friday night in Ogden 31-21 for their first region win of the season.
Mountain View (3-1, 1-0 Region 10) gave up four turnovers including two in the first quarter. Ogden (3-1, 0-1 Region 10) gave away four turnovers of its own but ultimately was unable to overcome its mistakes and fell to the Bruins.
Mountain View quarterback Kaden Kunz had one touchdown through the air and two scores on the ground. Kunz has now thrown for six touchdowns and run for four touchdowns so far this season. Wide receiver David Hair extended his streak of games with a touchdown catch to four, having scored once in each game this season. Liam Hone scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive week, after scoring the game-winning touchdown last week v. Dixie.
The Bruin defensive line, led by senior Chris Esparza, was very impressive, recording multiple sacks and wreaking havoc in the Ogden backfield. They once again showed why they are one of the best units in the state. “The defensive line was nails again,” noted Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson postgame. “They’re probably one of the best d-lines in the state and they’ve been carrying us.”
Defensive back Aaron Hyatt recorded two interceptions on the night, including a highlight-worthy one-handed snag in the end zone in the third quarter to prevent the Tigers from getting on the board. Hyatt has now totaled 5 picks on the season and is among the leaders in the state in that category.
After quick passes to both Colton Burr and Connor Kindrick, the Bruins set up in Ogden territory. The drive ended when Kunz fumbled the ball to the Tigers on a quarterback keeper. Ogden gave the Bruins the ball right back when Mountain View safety DaiTrez Johnson recovered a fumble at the Ogden 33-yard line.
The Bruins got on the scoreboard first when Kunz found receiver David Hair in the end zone from 18 yards out, giving Mountain View a 7-0 lead. On the Bruins’ next drive, a Kunz pass was intercepted and returned 26 yards to the Mountain View 32-yard line. Ogden capitalized on the turnover three plays later when Logan Shobe caught a 25-yard pass from Jaice Holt, tying the score.
Later in the quarter, a Mountain View punt was muffed by Ogden and recovered by Dougie Higa at the Tiger 39-yard line. A Kunz 27-yard run set up Mountain View with a 1st and goal at the Ogden 4-yard line. Kunz completed the drive on the next play with a 4-yard touchdown run, putting the Bruins up 14-7 as the first quarter came to a close.
On Mountain View’s first possession of the second quarter, the Bruins reached the 14-yard line after a roughing the passer penalty was tacked onto an 18-yard Hair reception. After penalties on Mountain View and a 13-yard sack, the Bruins were backed up to the Ogden 23-yard line. Mountain View was unable to score on the drive after an Ivan Cueva FG fell short.
On the ensuing Ogden drive, the Tigers were unsuccessful in converting a fourth-and-one from their own 29-yard line, giving the ball back to Mountain View. Two plays later, Liam Hone found the end zone on a 5-yard run, extending the Bruins’ lead to 21-7.
With three seconds left in the half, Hair hauled in a pass from Kunz at the Tiger 9-yard line, allowing Cueva to nail a 26-yard field goal as time expired. Mountain View led 24-7 at the break.
Mountain View 24 Ogden 7 (H)
The Bruins converted a fourth down just before Cueva hit a 26-yard FG to put MV up three possessions at the half.
— Tony Jeppson (@tonyjepp) September 5, 2020
On the Tigers’ first drive of the half, Aaron Hyatt gave the Bruins their first takeaway of the half, picking off an Ogden pass at the Bruin 30-yard line. The Bruins offense was able to drive as far as the Ogden 29-yard line until a fumble from Burr gave the ball back to the Tigers.
Threatening to chip away at the Mountain View lead, Ogden threw another interception to Hyatt, giving him his second of the night. The Bruin safety made the one-handed pick directly in front of the outstretched arms of the Tiger receiver before falling into the end zone.
Mountain View capitalized off the Hyatt takeaway when Kunz completed the drive by running in his second touchdown of the game from 10 yards out. Ogden missed a field goal on the last play of the half and the Bruins led 31-7 hading in to the final quarter.
It’s rare to see a 1-handed interception in a game….Ogden & Mountain View gave us 2!
How about Ogden’s Ozzy Norton & Mtn View’s Aaron Hyatt?
— Deseret News Rewind (@DNewsRewind) September 5, 2020
Ogden scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter coming withing two scores of Mountain View. After the Tigers were unable to recover an onside kick, second and third-string players, led by quarterback Jackson McCarty, were able to maintain possession of the ball for the Bruins and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
FINAL: Mountain View opens up region play with a 31-21 win at Ogden! Thanks to the fans who made the trip up, and thanks to @DNewsRewind for the live coverage. We’re back at home next week against Uintah. M-V-H-S the best 🗣
— Mtn View Football (@football_mtn) September 5, 2020
Mountain View will face Uintah (0-4, 0-1 Region 10) at the Bruin Bowl on Fri. Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. MT. To purchase tickets, go here. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the gate. All in attendance must wear a face covering.
Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson:
On initial thoughts on the win:
“We played good at times, we played a little sloppy at times, but we’ll take the win.”
On how to address the turnovers:
“We’ve got to work on ball-protection drills this next week. We’ve got to protect the ball when we get into crowds and we’ll fix it.”
Mountain View defensive lineman Chris Esparza
On defensive line:
“We killed it. We did the best we’ve done this season yet. We’re just hungry for it. We just want to get out there and get it.”
On defensive improvements:
“We definitely have some things to work on, like getting some help from the backers plugging those holes. But I think we’re pretty solid.”
On what led to d-line’s success:
“I think we were prepared. We watched film; we knew where they were going. That’s pretty much it.”
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