Brian Crum says that being physical and running the football between the tackles is what Mountain View is all about.
The Cougar head coach led his team on a clinic in that regard, as Mountain View ran over rival Summit for a 37-0 Class 6A Special District 6 shutout on Friday night at Summit High School.
Luke Roberts rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and Keenan Harpole ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Cougars (1-0 SD6, 2-3 overall) owned the Storm (0-1, 1-4) on both sides of the ball in the league opener for both teams.
“Both sides up front, we pretty much dominated, and that was what we wanted to do,” Crum said. “That was our game plan, just see what we could do up front. That’s what we do at Mountain View. We want to be physical and we want to run the football. It’s not a secret. We put a lot of respect in our guys up front, and they got it done. And Keenan and Luke both ran real hard.”
On the opening possession, Mountain View sustained a five-minute drive, only to see it end all too close to the goal line. Harpole looked like he was headed for the end zone before Summit’s Jack Schaffer stripped him of the ball and recovered it at the 2-yard line.
On the ensuing possession, the Cougars tackled Summit quarterback Hank Tobias in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Mountain View capped a 16-play, seven-minute drive with a 2-yard run up the middle by Roberts for a 9-0 lead.
“After that first drive, once we started to wear them down a bit then things started to happen,” Crum said. “We’re kind of straight ahead and we’ll get after you.”
On Summit’s next possession, Sawyer Demeyer blocked the Storm’s punt and Mountain View recovered the ball on the Summit 14-yard line.
Five plays later, Harpole found pay dirt from 4 yards out for a commanding 16-0 lead with 7:17 left in the first half.
But the Cougars were not finished with their first-half domination. After Summit failed to convert a first down on a fake field-goal attempt, Mountain View struck again.
Quarterback Jakoby Moss found a wide-open Jack Barrett down the middle of the field for an 88-yard touchdown and a 23-0 Cougars lead, which remained the score at halftime.
“He hit the throws we needed,” Crum said of Moss. “Plays like that are game-changers. He put the ball where it needed to be.”
After Roberts scampered for a 75-yard run that included a vicious stiff-arm to a would-be tackler, Harpole finished the job on a 3-yard touchdown run for a 30-0 lead with 7:06 left in the third quarter.
Moss added a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, finding Barrett in the corner of the end zone for the 37-0 lead.
The Cougars piled up 434 yards of offense, while holding the Storm to just 126 yards in the shutout.
“That’s your goal all the time,” Crum said of the shutout. “It was nice to see the defense play well. They got off blocks, they hit, and we covered really well tonight. That’s what we’ll need to continue to do against some of these bigger 6A teams.”
Summit coach Corben Hyatt said he was concerned about the Cougars’ physicality coming into the game.
“They’re a lot more physical than we are and we thought we had a good game plan,” Hyatt said. “My hat’s off to them. They came out and they were able to just change the line of scrimmage.
“We called the right plays, we just weren’t able to finish it off. It was tough.”
The Storm play another intracity rival next Friday when they travel to Bend High. The Cougars are at home next week for a nonleague game against Southridge.