OREM — After a disappointing loss to traditional power Timpview last week, Maple Mountain responded on the road Friday night with a come-from-behind 14-10 win over Mountain View that spoiled the Bruins Homecoming game.
"I was proud of our kids last week the way they battled back," said Maple Mountain coach Brad Burtenshaw. "I just wanted them to realize that even though we made some mistakes, we can still be a good team. We can still compete for the region and be right in the mix for that region race. I think the kids worked hard and they believed. This wasn't a pretty game, but we found a way to win."
The win improves the Golden Eagles record to 4-2 on the season (2-1 in Region 8), which is impressive considering they had won a total of three games in the prior two years, the first for the new school.
"The biggest thing is the kids," said Burtenshaw. "Those kids have been here for three years and worked hard. I'm proud of those kids for battling and working hard in the off-season. They are doing everything they can to make this program successful and try to get us some wins."
Trailing 10-7 late in the third quarter, Maple Mountain forced the Bruins to punt. Starting at their own 45, the Golden Eagles quickly drove to the Bruins' 3-yard line, where Justin Slavens ran the ball into the end zone on second down. That TD with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter proved to be the winning score.
The Bruins only had two possessions in the fourth quarter. The first was stalled when Devin Barker intercepted a Jacob Bingham pass at the Bruins 17. A couple of holding plays pushed the Golden Eagles back far enough that James Baird had to attempt a 40-yard field goal and missed.
The Bruins final chance fell through when Maple Mountain blocked Bingham's pass on fourth down at the 42, where the Golden Eagles took over on downs and then ran out the remaining three minutes.
In the first half, after trading turnovers in the early going, Maple Mountain jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter when KJ Hall connected on three consecutive passes of 7, 2, and 13 yards and then ran the ball in from the 18.
Mountain View got on the scoreboard minutes later when Nathan Pierpont connected on a 27-yard field goal. The key play in the drive was a 39-yard run by Atunaisa Palu that put the Bruins in field goal range.
The Bruins then stripped the ball from Hall after a long run deep in their own territory that would have set up the Golden Eagles for another score. Instead, Mountain View drove 91 yards for a touchdown and the lead at 10-7. Bingham connected on 5-of-6 passes in the drive for 54 yards. The touchdown came on a 10-yard run by Bingham.
Mountain View falls to 2-3 on the season, 1-2 in region play.