For the second game in a row, the Mountain View High football team looked a little out of sorts in the first quarter.
From a three-and-out on their first possession to allowing their opponent to score on the opening drive, the Mavericks simply didn’t exude the confidence that comes with a No. 1 ranking and a perfect record.
But after a week off, the Mavericks just needed a little time to warm up.
Once Mountain View’s offense got rolling, it was business as usual, with the Mavericks churning out a 42-14 victory over Capital in the 5A state quarterfinals Friday night at Mountain View High.
The Mavericks (10-0) continue their playoff push next week at Madison (9-1), a 22-12 winner over Coeur d’Alene.
“We kind of came out to practice slow this week. A lot of us were slacking, and it definitely showed in the first quarter,” Mountain View running back TreyTon Bell said.
The Eagles took the Mavericks by the horns on their opening drive, methodically marching 68 yards in 13 plays and taking more than five minutes off the clock. Capital finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Drew Korf to senior receiver Sam Brixey for a 7-0 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter.
“Speaking from a defensive standpoint trying to defend them, I thought their offensive game plan was really good at the beginning,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “They spread us out. They were doing just enough to move the chains. They were getting the ball in their playmakers’ hands. It took us a while to kind of adjust to that.”
Mountain View matched Capital’s score on its ensuing possession when senior Andrew Schiebout hauled in a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Tucker Rovig with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Mavericks added another touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Rovig to Keenan Pattwell with 4:56 to go in the third for a 14-7 advantage, their first of the game.
Senior cornerback Jaden Carson then recovered a Capital fumble a few seconds later, giving Mountain View the ball on the Capital 37.
Two plays later, Bell caught a Rovig pass in the flat, juked a defender and ran into the end zone for a 21-7 lead 3:45 before halftime.
And just like that, the Mavericks returned to form.
“Obviously, Trey Bell, he’s a monster,” said Carson, who led Mountain View’s defensive effort with the fumble recovery and an interception in the fourth quarter. “Tucker was really smart today, but Keenan, with the fourth down touchdown, that was just really clutch.”
Bell finished with game-high 185 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and also caught two passes for 45 yards and another score. Rovig completed 10-of-26 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns, plus 41 rushing yards and a 7-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Next week’s semifinalists
Mountain View (5A), Rocky Mountain (5A), Bishop Kelly (4A), Emmett (3A), Homedale (3A), Nampa Christian (2A). Schedule won’t be finalized until Monday at the earliest.