High school football notes: Mountain Crest's offense returning to form
There were quite a few eye-opening results from Week 1 of the high school football season last Friday, from Bountiful's upset of Lone Peak to Herriman's thrashing of Orem to Northridge's dominance of Logan.
Mountain Crest's 54-14 win over Mountain View was equally as noteworthy for a different reason. The Mustangs' offensive efficiency was off the charts, and served as an eye-opener for the rest of 4A.
Last season, the first following the graduation of Mr. Football winner Alex Kuresa, the Mustangs suffered through a woefully inconsistent season. Even though it won six games, the offense underachieved by its own standards scoring more than 21 points on just four occasions.
A healthy Jamison Webb has changed all that.
The senior was fantastic in his starting debut on Saturday completing 17 of 23 passes for 227 yards and five touchdowns.
"It's just a tribute to him, the amount of time he put in. But not just physical preparation but mental preparation," said Mountain Crest coach Mark Wootton.
Webb would've been the starting quarterback last season but he broke his leg in a tubing accident up on the hills behind Utah State two winters ago. Two plates were placed in his legs and by the time football season rolled around he could only run about 70 percent of full speed. In fact, it wasn't until this past April — nearly 18 months after the injury — that Webb was finally able to lift and run at full speed.
Without Webb's services, Eddy Hall was thrust into the starting QB role for Mountain Crest last season.
In what could've been a breakthrough season for him at running back, Hall never complained about his new position and performed admirably by throwing for 1,970 yards and 18 TDs. He was never truly comfortable though and the offense suffered as a result.
Traditionally one of the most explosive offenses in 4A, Mountain Crest only averaged 23 ppg last year — 13th in 4A.
One week into the 2012 season, the Mustangs look like their old dominant selves offensively. In last week's win over Mountain View, Hall carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in four catches for 54 yards and two TDs.
"I just feel like my old self again," said Hall.
Had Hall been blessed with a running back like himself last season, there's no doubt Mountain Crest's offense would've been much better
"He is so quick and so strong, his legs, his center of gravity. His vision is so good cause he's played so much football," said Wootton.
Mountain Crest's revamped offense will get a bit, big test this Friday when it hosts Lone Peak.
YOUNG DUO: Brighton's 21-14 win at Davis last weekend was a great result for the Bengals, particularly when you consider they started freshman Drew Jensen at quarterback.
The coaching staff didn't really want to start Jensen, but when its projected senior starter left the team a few weeks before season, coach Ryan Bullett said he really didn't have much of a choice.
Bullett said Jensen handled the huddle really well, and then his teammates, particularly an experienced offensive line and running back Uaea Masina, came up huge in the opener.
Sophomore Osa Masina took a few reps at quarterback as well against Davis, and like Jensen he handled himself very well and is a great runner. Expect the trend to continue.
"We're going to go into games playing both kids," said Bullett.
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