The Mountain View High football team reached the 5A state finals last fall. But the Mavs still found themselves looking up in the traditional Treasure Valley pecking order this season.
The Mavericks cruised past Capital 47-25 on Friday at Mountain View High, snapping a six-game losing streak to the perennial 5A power a week after ending a five-game skid to Rocky Mountain with another blowout victory.
“We think of Capital as the watermark for getting to the next level, and that’s exactly what they are,” Mountain View junior quarterback Tucker Rovig said. “Being able to beat them this year after six years is just great.”
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Mountain View’s high-powered, hurry-up offense went to work early as Joe Farris found himself wide open for a 55-yard touchdown pass from Rovig on the Mavs’ fifth play of the game.
Farris again stood all alone in the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, shrugging as he tossed the ball to the official and wondering himself how he was so open.
“They’re very good, and we knew that coming in,” Capital coach Todd Simis said. “But we can’t spot them all those easy touchdowns. Defensively, we have to get better.”
The Mavericks’ next two scoring drives lasted three plays each. Running back TreyTon Bell turned a check down into a 65-yard catch and scoring run. And after Rovig sidearmed a short throw to Keenan Pattwell over the middle that turned into a 69-yard gain, Bell punched in a 1-yard TD run with 10 minutes, 2 seconds still left in the second quarter.
The dizzying pace saw Mountain View rack up 300 total yards and four touchdowns on its first 24 plays of the game. The Mavs finished with 610 yards on 75 plays.
“Our O-line, (Cole) Manship, Brett (Carter), all those guys, they just did a great job,” Rovig said. “We wouldn’t have been able to put up the yards passing if they didn’t have (my back). I would, honestly, give the win to the O-line.”
Rovig led the Mavs through the air, completing 23-of-33 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns. Farris caught six passes for 114 yards and two scores. And Bell and Pattwell formed a two-headed, two-way threat out of the backfield.
Bell ran for 167 yards and a TD on 24 carries while adding 71 yards and another score on two receptions. Pattwell ran for 80 yards and a TD on 14 carries and added 112 yards on six catches.
Pattwell said the Mavericks took motivation from the loss in the state finals into the offseason, which has propelled them to their first 3-0 start since 2008 and a rare win over Capital.
“We really wanted to get these guys, and we got them,” Pattwell said. “But the season is not over yet, and we’re going to keep going.”
Capital threatened to swing momentum when it recovered an onside kick to start the second half down 31-12. But Mountain View forced and recovered a fumble on the ensuing play. And seven plays later, Robbie Chase made a diving, 18-yard TD catch.
Capital never threatened again.