Mountain View football gets extra charge after lightning delay

Mavericks pull away during the second half to beat Timberline.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 15, 2013 

— Not wanting to tempt Mother Nature, officials cleared the football field with 7 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

But even a 45-minute delay for lightning couldn’t steal Mountain View’s thunder Saturday afternoon at Dona Larsen Park.

The Mavericks scored two touchdowns after the delay to pull away from Timberline for a 37-21 victory in 5A Southern Idaho Conference play.

“That’s a weird deal to be all hyped up and have the momentum, and then it goes away,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “To try and capture that back is hard, so I am proud that they finished.”

Timberline took advantage of the unexpected break. The Wolves returned from the locker room facing second-and-10 from their own 34-yard line, and their first play resulted in a 6-yard loss. On third-and-16, senior quarterback Michael Stefanic completed a 41-yard pass to Isaac Gilbert, and a personal foul by the Mavericks on the next play put the Wolves on the Mountain View 16.

Stefanic ran it in two plays later for a 5-yard score, bringing the Wolves within 24-21 with a little more than 6 minutes to play.

“When there’s a lightning charge out here, you go in (the locker room) and try to get a charge in them,” Timberline coach Kirk Copeland said. “I think we did that pretty well, but turnovers and big plays ended up costing us.”

Mountain View senior Josh Buss delivered the knockout punch.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound running back caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kai Turner to extend Mountain View’s lead to 31-21 with 3:18 to go.

After Mountain View’s defense held the Wolves on the next series, Buss scored again, this time on a 34-yard run with a little more than a minute left in the game.

“Timberline definitely came out a lot better than we expected,” said Buss, who finished with 173 rushing yards and four total TDs. “Their defense was big and flying around. I give them big props. It was a good game.”

Timberline outgained Mountain View in total yards (423-400), but was hampered by four interceptions, including two in the end zone.

“To take away a touchdown like that, it feels good,” said Mountain View senior Nich Guzzetti, who zeroed in on the first interception of the game.

Both teams are 1-1 in conference play. Mountain View hosts Borah on Friday, while Timberline faces Capital at Dona Larsen.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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