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Game Recap: Red Mountain v. Mt. View
The Battle for Brown Road got out of hand quickly as Red Mountain built a 21-0 lead over Mt. View and never looked back.
Red Mountain's defense got the Mt. Lions on the board first. DL Jonah Reinholz hit QB Chase Funk and forced a fumble that was scooped by DE Trenton Smothers and returned for a TD. 7-0.
Red Mountain got the ball back and former QB Billy Freeman lined up in the Wildcat and went right back to old form, hitting Cougar Garcia for a 20 yard gain and then rumbling 10 yards on a QB keep. QB Mason Thorman came back in the game and hooked up with Daniel McGill putting RM inside the 10. Marcus Brantley ran the ball to the 1 and Garcia got in from a yard out. 14-0 RM.
Another Mt View punt, a bad one at that, gave RM the ball at the 45. Thorman went right back to work hitting Aeron Carr for a big gain and Freeman for a score. 21-0.
Mt. View finally got on the board with about 2 mins left in the half. A defensive holding and a personal foul moved the ball for the Toros and RB Jeff Castillo ran it in from 5 yards out.
The teams traded turnovers and most thought Red Mountain would take a knee to end the half. Instead, Thorman hit McGill in stride for a 71 yard TD.
27-7 at half.
The second half saw much of the same from a scoring perspective as Red Mountain rolled to a 55-14 win. But on RM's first possession, Thorman raced in from 16 yards out and Freeman drop kicked in the conversion for two points. I personally have never seen that.
Thorman hit Pierce Drake and Freeman for another score in the second half. The Mt. Lions also scored in the 4th.
Mt. View got a late score from Tyson McDaniel.
Red Mountain was just the better team. They were bigger and faster. This is a team that has gotten better and better as the season has moved on. They have a big OL, a good young QB, solid receivers and Marcus Brantley is a play maker at RB. They could be dangerous come playoff time. They will need to cut down on penalties, the had double digit flags in this game.
You can go a number of ways. Billy Freeman was good all night, Chris Sepulveda had 3 INTs, Trenton Smothers had several sacks and a TD but I will go with QB Mason Thorman had 3 TD passes and 1 rushing.
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