Varsity Football · Mountain View falls to Woods Cross, awaits playoff fate

OREM, Utah – Mountain View fell by a score of 20-10 to Woods Cross on Senior Night on Oct. 14 at the Bruin Bowl.

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Mountain View (5-3, 3-1 Region 10) got down by 14 after two quick scores by Woods Cross (2-8, 1-4 Region 5) in the first quarter. The Bruins were unable to overcome five second-half turnovers as they fell on Senior Night.

Thirty-four Mountain View seniors were honored pregame. “Our great senior class has done a lot for Mountain View and the football program,” said Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson post-game. “It’s too bad we couldn’t get the win, but we’ve got the playoffs; so we’ve got to bounce back and get ready.”

The Bruins totaled 337 yards of offense. Quarterback Jackson McCarty went 30 of 46 for 332 yards and one touchdown. McCarty also threw 4 interceptions, including three in the second half.

“Our young quarterback played like a young quarterback tonight,” Anderson noted. We had too many turnovers. We’ve got to fix that and get ready for the playoffs.”

Mountain View wide receiver David Hair led the Bruins with 131 receiving yards on 8 receptions. Hair eclipsed 100 yards for the seventh time this season. Jett Anderson recorded 72 yards on 9 receptions and Max Blackwell caught the lone touchdown for the Bruins.

Kaden Kunz led the way for the Bruins on the ground, running for 31 yards on 12 carries.

Mountain View now awaits its playoff draw. While the official RPI is not available, Skyler Aitken has made available an unofficial RPI to give teams an idea of where they stand before the official RPI is released on Saturday, Oct. 17. After the loss, the Bruins dropped three spots to eleventh in Aitken’s RPI estimate.

First Half Review

Quarterback Jackson McCarty awaits the snap with running back Liam Hone at his side. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

After a turnover on downs on Mountain View’s first drive of the game, Woods Cross got on the scoreboard first with a 4-yard touchdown run from DeShaud Seymour.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Bruins gave the ball right back to Woods Cross on a fumble at the Bruin 35-yard line. The visitors capitalized off the turnover as Griffin Hess found the end zone on a 1-yard run.

Mountain View answered with a score of their own on the next drive when Blackwell caught at 43-yard touchdown from McCarty. On their next offensive possession, the Bruins turned the ball over again and were unable to convert on fourth down, squandering a fumble recovered by safety Aaron Hyatt on the Woods Cross 32-yard line.

One drive later, kicker Ivan Cueva hit his longest field goal of the season from 37-yards out to bring the Bruins within four, 10-14. Mountain View ended the half with a red-zone turnover when McCarty threw an interception into the end zone, preventing the Bruins from scoring before the break.

Second Half Review

Liam Hone recovered a Woods Cross fumble to start the half for the Bruin defense. Mountain View gave the ball right back, however, as Hone was unable to convert a fourth down near midfield and fumbled the ball back to the Wildcats.

Woods Cross made a 23-yard field goal after the turnover, giving the Wildcats a 7-point lead, 17-10.

After two more Bruin turnovers, Woods Cross scored on another field goal and went up by two scores with 8:28 left in the game.

The Mountain View defense prepares to defend the Woods Cross offense in the second half. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

A fumble recovery by Justin Cichoski on the next Woods Cross possession gave Mountain View some new life. But on each of the next two drives, the Bruins gave the ball away on interceptions and were ultimately unable to score as they fell 20-10 to 5A Woods Cross.

Official RPI and tournament information will be released on Sat. Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. MDT.