<strong>HYRUM—</strong> Coming into the first game after a long summer of work it looked like Mountain Crest was going to have a long night after throwing an interception on its first offensive play. It turned out to be anything but a long night for the Mustangs though, as they handled the Mountain View Bruins easily, 54-14
“The kids put in so much time, a lot of these kids don’t get a chance to play until they are seniors, so once they finally get their chance, as a coach you really want them to be able to excel because they put in so much time and when it does happen for them, although it’s just one game, it’s pretty rewarding to see,” MC head coach Mark Wooten said.
Mustang QB Jamision Webb recovered after the interception to finish the night 16-of-22 passing for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 50 yards.
Mountain Crest used a stifling defensive effort to hold the Bruins to only 14 points – all of which came in the second half against Mustang reserves.
“I thought our kids tackled real well too, and I thought they stuck their nose in there and played pretty physical,” Wooten said.
The run game for Mountain View was ineffective against the powerful Mustang defensive. Mountain Crest held the Bruins to three consecutive three-and-outs to start the game. It wasn’t until there was less than a minute left in the first that the Bruins got their first, first down. Three plays after the first down the Mustangs forced the Bruins to punt.
Webb got things back on track on the Mustangs second turn at offense by compiling a 10 play scoring drive capped off by a 20-yard pass to senior running back Eddy hall. Hall is back at his true position after playing quarterback as a junior last year.
“Eddy just runs hard, he is tough to get a hold of, and he is very, very strong,” Wooten said
Thanks to a strong effort by the offensive line the Mustangs finished the night with 537 yard of total offense.
“I was really happy with our O-line, they are a little undersized … they are not real big but they are feisty and nasty kids and they played very, very hard tonight,” Wooten said. “If you look at their faces, they were red and they really laid it out and that is very satisfying.”
The Mustangs quickly got the ball back after the defense forced the Bruins to a quick three-and-out. It only took Webb four plays to strike again with another pass to Hall. Hall finished the night with 12 carries for 110 yards, and four receptions for 53 yards. He had 163 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
Mountain Crest received a strong boost by running back Gauge Fergesen who finished the game with 50 yards on six carries and two touchdowns.
“I was glad to see their vision. It takes a level of confidence when you do see a run lane to cut hard to it because sometimes they will close up on you,” Wooten said.
The Mustangs showed their mortality when they allowed the Bruins quarterback Jacob Bingham to get outside of the defensive end and up the sideline for an 84-yard touchdown run with just less than eight minutes left in the third quarter. Bingham also scored Mountain Views’ only other touchdown on a 16-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Mountain Crest responded to the first of the Bruins’ two touchdowns by going on a five-play 80-yard drive. Webb found Fergesen on 31-yard pass to put the Mustangs up 40-7.
MC finished the game with 224 passing yards and 313 rushing yards. A plus for Mountain Crest was how strong their reserves played after being put in the game to secure the big lead.
“It’s just satisfying because you know kids dream of opportunities like this and so when they get in the situation and they excel that’s what makes coaching fun,” Wooten said.