Mountain View football team outruns Boise

Mountain View survives Boise’s upset bid Thursday night.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Mountain View’s Josh Buss leads the 5A Southern Idaho Conference in rushing with 861 yards and 13 touchdowns.

It was another banner offensive night for Josh Buss and the Mountain View football team.

The senior running back ran for 268 yards and five touchdowns as the Mavericks held off pesky Boise 45-34 on Thursday night at Dona Larsen Park.

Buss extended his rushing lead in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference to 861 yards with 13 TDs, and the Mavericks (3-1) have now won three straight games after a season-opening loss to Capital.

Despite allowing more than 350 yards on the ground, winless Boise (0-4) put up a fight.

“It seemed like every time we got in a little bit of a groove, something wacky would happen,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said.

Cameron Mayne kicked off the offensive show in the first half by catching a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Cox to give Boise a 7-0 lead with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.

Buss didn’t let Boise’s lead stand for long. The senior answered with back-to-back touchdown runs in about a two-minute span for a 14-7 Mavericks edge in the first quarter.

Before the final minute of the quarter had time to tick away, Boise’s Skyler Rowe took the kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to knot the game at 14-14.

The Mavericks managed some separation in the second frame thanks to three unanswered rushing TDs on runs of 11 and 35 yards by Buss and a 26-yarder by quarterback Kai Turner.

Mountain View led 35-14 with about 30 seconds left before the break, but the Mavericks fumbled the ball just as rain started pouring down, and Boise’s Michael Tonkin scooped up the football for a 17-yard fumble return for a TD.

Boise didn’t go away in the second half, either. The Braves scored twice in the fourth quarter and Cox completed 47-of-67 passes for 389 yards and three TDs with one interception.

“(Boise coach) Bob (Clark) always gets his guys ready to play,” Benedick said.

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