OREM, Utah — The Mountain View football team overwhelmed Ben Lomond on Homecoming night at the Bruin Bowl on Friday night thanks to a big 35-point first quarter.
The Bruins (5-1, 3-0 Region 10) scored on five of their six possessions in the opening quarter as they opened up a 35-0 lead on Ben Lomond (2-4, 0-3 Region 10).
“That’s how you write it up,” said Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson. “Offense [and] defense played great that first quarter. 35 to nothing, that doesn’t happen a whole lot.”
In the first quarter alone, sophomore quarterback Jackson McCarty threw for four touchdowns and 375 yards. Kaden Kunz, who played in the last three quarters for the Bruins, added another passing touchdown for the Bruins.
Four different Mountain View receivers caught touchdown passes including David Hair, Max Blackwell, and Connor Kindrick. In his second game back this season, Jett Anderson scored two touchdowns; one receiving and one rushing. Sophomore running back Kyler Copeland completed the scoring for Mountain View with a rushing touchdown late in the third quarter.
“I think just confidence of winning and the kids want it,” said Anderson regarding his team’s focused play in recent weeks. “The kids work hard; they want success and they’re buying into the team aspect.”
Defensive back Simeon Bates recorded two interceptions, both of which led to scores for the Bruin offense. Dre Watkins added another pick midway through the fourth quarter. The Mountain View defense has now totaled 13 interceptions on the season.
“We know that these next two weeks are going to be the meat of our schedule with Park City and Stansbury back-to-back,” Anderson said. “We’re definitely going to have to get ready this week and be prepared. I think our kids will be excited though.”
Next up for the Bruins is a game against Park City. Both teams are undefeated so far in region play. The Miners won last year’s highly anticipated game at Mountain View and the Bruins will be looking for some payback on Friday night.
“We’re thrilled. It’s going to be fun,” said Bruins defensive back Simeon Bates. “They came down and beat us pretty bad last year. We all want to get another shot at them. I think we have what it takes. We just need to play [our game] and we’ll be good.”
For the fourth straight game, Mountain View struck first. On its first drive, Bruins took an early 7-0 lead on a 35-yard touchdown catch by David Hair, his seventh of the season.
After both teams traded punts, Simeon Bates came up with his first career interception, giving the Bruins the ball at their own 1-yard line.
“I caught the ball and was debating whether to go in the end zone and take a knee for a touchback but then I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a safety because I caught the ball out of the end zone,” Bates said. “It was a good play, but then the guy came and tackled me on the one-yard line and I dropped the ball and he recovered it. I was scared that it was a fumble, but they called me down.”
Two plays later, Jackson McCarty hooked up with Max Blackwell for a 99-yard TD pass on the longest play of the season.
Mountain View scored three more touchdowns in the last five minutes of the first quarter. Connor Kindrick caught a 50-yard touchdown pass, Jett Anderson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season from 16-yards out and with only 13 seconds left in the quarter, Anderson found the end zone again on a 12-yard pass from McCarty.
Bates opened the quarter with his second pick of the game, intercepting a Ben Lomond pass at the Scot 46-yard line.
“Our defense was playing fantastic even before [the turnovers],” noted Bates. “We had a ton of three-and-outs. It was good to get that in a game like this where we came in hoping to beat them by a lot.”
On his first drive leading the Bruins, quarterback Kaden Kunz threw a dart to Hair for his second touchdown catch of the game. Mountain View led 42-0 at the break while homecoming royalty was announced.
Threatening to score a touchdown early in the second half, a Colton Burr sack pushed Ben Lomond back to the Bruin 19-yard line. The Scots finally got on the scoreboard after a 36-yard field goal attempt was good.
Two drives later, a 47-yard run by Kunz set up the Bruins inside the 5-yard line. With 13 seconds left in the quarter, Kyler Copeland scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run, giving Mountain View a 49-3 lead.
Mtn View 49 Ben Lomond 3 (end 3rd)
Kyler Copeland added to the Bruins’ lead with a 3-yard TD run late in the 3rd.
With 8:29 left in the game, defensive back Dre Watkins recorded his first interception of the season for the Bruins.
The Scots added one touchdown late in the game, bringing the final score to 49-10.
Mountain View will travel north to Summit County next week to take on the Park City Miners (4-2, 3-0 Region 10) in a battle of unbeaten 4A Region 10 teams. The Miners stunned Stansbury (4-2, 2-1 Region 10) on Friday night after scoring on the last play of the game.
Unbelievable finish by Park City, drove 65 yards in 20 seconds, which soph. Riley Finlayson capped with this dramatic catch in corner of end zone. Park city beats Stansbury 33-28. Wow!