Mountain View High’s football coaches call Colby Peugh “Mr. Clutch.”
On Friday night, he showed why.
The Mountain View senior caught an 85-yard, game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, then added a 15-yard, game-winning touchdown catch to lead the Mavericks to a 21-14, come-from-behind win over Capital at Dona Larsen Park.
“He’s kind of that Julian Edelman-type guy,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said, referring to the reigning Super Bowl MVP. “He’s just going to make the catch no matter what. Guys draped on him, no matter what it is, he just seems to come up with big plays.”
No. 3-ranked Mountain View (2-1, 2-1 5A SIC) needed every one of them as it tried to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time since 2014.
After a 27-7 loss to rival Rocky Mountain last week, Mountain View struggled out of the gate Friday. The Mavericks punted on six of their first nine drives. Two more ended with turnovers and another as time ran out on the first half. None lasted longer than six plays or covered more than 18 yards.
A strip sack of Mountain View quarterback Jake Farris set Capital (2-1, 2-1) up at the Mavericks’ 35-yard line, and the Eagles tried to put the game away with a three-touchdown lead. But Jason Wells jarred the ball loose from Jackson Reed after a catch, and Chase Norton scooped up the loose ball, breathing life into Mountain View.
“They go up 21-to-zip, I think our balloon deflates at that point,” Benedick said. “All the adversity talk maybe goes out the window with a 17-year-old. Hopefully not, but that’s a steep hill to climb.”
The Mavericks’ explosive offense took over from there, scoring 21 unanswered points to finish the game.
Leyton Smithson took a sprint option pitch around the left edge for a 79-yard TD run to get Mountain View on the board. And on the Mavericks’ next offensive play, Peugh slipped behind the Capital defense for the 85-yard TD pass from Farris, tying the game at 14-14 with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Mountain View covered 164 yards on those two scoring plays. It gained 113 yards on its previous 35 plays.
“We’ve got some weapons on the edge, and our O-line is great,” Peugh said. “Once we get rolling, I think we can do some big things the rest of the season.”
Norton came to the rescue on defense again, adding an interception to his fumble recovery when he out jumped Capital’s jump-ball master Jonah Blackham with 4:14 left. He stepped into Mountain View’s No. 1 corner slot after Mike Kavila suffered a concussion last week, drawing the assignment of covering Blackham most of the night.
He delivered, holding Blackham to two catches for 17 yards and a TD.
“I just didn’t want him to (Randy) Moss me,” Norton joked. “I didn’t want him to catch the ball over my head. With a receiver like him, I knew great things were going to happen. All I knew is to be the best, you’ve got to play the best.”
The Mavericks couldn’t do anything with the ensuing drive. But Capital’s Justus Del Rio muffed the punt at his own 15-yard line with 2:27 left in the fourth. Two plays later, Peugh hauled in a jump ball in the corner of the end zone for the decisive score.
Benedick said he wasn’t sure what kind of team he had entering the week. But after Friday night’s rally, he has a better idea.
“I’ve got to give them credit because they believed what we were telling them, and they fought back,” Benedick said. “... They started making plays, and pretty soon you could see a little bit of momentum and a little bit of doubt maybe from the other team. It’s high school football, and in high school football momentum can switch like that.”
MTN VIEW 21, CAPITAL 14
CAP — Hayden Picard 11 run (Emrah Sahbegovic kick), 2:32
CAP — Jonah Blackham 13 pass from Carson Bohning (Sahbegovic kick), 0:30
MV — Leyton Smithson 79 run (Seth Jones kick), 1:30
MV — Colby Peugh 85 pass from Jake Farris (Jones kick), 10:46
MV — Peugh 15 pass from Farris (Jones kick), 2:01
RUSHING — Mountain View: Leyton Smithson 21-144, Jake Farris 8-(-18), Steven Butler 2-1. Capital: Michael Holley 4-33, Carson Bohning 10-(-14), Gabe Bacon 1-9, Hayden Picard 7-38, Jake Jones 14-45, Marcus Avalos 1-(-2), Jackson Reed 2-16, Sean Holstein 2-6.
PASSING — Mountain View: Farris 15-21-1 205. Capital: Bohning 15-29-1.
RECEIVING — Mountain View: Kayden Chan 2-16, K.J. Lynch 3-39, Smithson 2-28, Seth Jones 1-(-1), Colby Peugh 7-123. Capital: Justus Del Rio 1-(-3), Jonah Blackham 2-17, Kody Walk 4-41, Bacon 1-9, Reed 7-108.