The Mountain View High football team found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday — trailing.
The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Mavericks fell behind for the first time this season in the 5A SIC Pod B championship game at Eagle High. But Mountain View and its high-octane offense roared back to life and scored 44 unanswered points to run away a 50-21 victory.
The win clinched the Mavericks (9-0, 5-0 5A SIC Pod B) a bye in the playoffs and a home quarterfinal game for the second year in a row.
“It’s pretty surreal,” said Mountain View senior running back TreyTon Bell, who finished with 180 rushing yards and a touchdown. “It’s an awesome feeling. We’re the first team in Mountain View history to go undefeated in the regular season.’’
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After steamrolling opponents all year, Mountain View met its first adversity as Eagle (6-3, 4-1) jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of Bucky Schrader rushing touchdowns.
Mountain View coach Judd Benedick preached to his squad all week that Eagle would challenge them and they’d have to remain cool under pressure. But even Benedick had to remind himself of that message.
“To their credit, they did a really good job,” Benedick said. “Because to be honest, I was panicking a little bit inside. ... We were able to ride out that storm and respond to adversity, which is huge because we haven’t had it all year, really.”
The Mavericks faced a 4th-and-goal from the one to start the second quarter, and Benedick leaned toward kicking the field goal. But Bell convinced his coach to go for it, promising he’d score.
Eagle met the 5-9, 170-pound back at the line of scrimmage, and the Mustangs appeared to have him stopped cold. But Bell wormed his way through the pile and into the end zone to kick start a 21-point quarter.
“The first two guys who touched me, I wasn’t going to let them bring me down,” Bell said. “I was going to get into the end zone.”
A tipped Tucker Rovig pass then found Andrew Schiebout in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard TD catch. And it was all Mountain View from there as Rovig ran in a 15-yard TD and then hit Chris Evans on a 51-yard bullet on the second play of the second half.
Keenan Pattwell ran for 112 yards on 12 carries, and he put the game away with a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Mavericks racked up 619 total yards, 357 on the ground.
“Trey had an amazing night, and so did Keenan,” said Rovig, who completed 14-of-23 passes for 262 yards and two TDs. “And our o-line was blocking amazing when we ran the ball on counter and read and power and all that stuff.”
The victory guarantees Mountain View a week to rest and heal before taking on the winner of Skyline at Capital. But with the undefeated record, the target remains squarely on the Mavericks’ back.
That doesn’t bother Rovig.
“Most people are going to say that it’s now making us cocky,” he said. “But I think it’s making us even more humble. We just got to keep up what we’re doing.”
Eagle, as the runner-up in the pod, will host Borah in the first round next week.
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