High school football: Mountain Crest's defense shuts down Roy in homecoming game
HYRUM — If there was any doubt before kickoff which team was going to leave Mountain Crest's homecoming game with a victory, it was erased by the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs held Roy to 2 rushing yards in their 38-6 shellacking of the Royals.
Junior linebacker Nick Watterson had two interceptions to lead the Mountain Crest defense, which allowed just 112 total yards.
"Nick always had a knack for getting interceptions," Mountain Crest head coach Mark Wootton said. "He has a knack for the ball."
Watterson also had a sack in the game.
Mountain Crest senior running back Eddy Hall started the scoring onslaught with a 31-yard toss sweep to the left that went for six points with 9:17 left in the first quarter.
Hall helped Mountain Crest to 222 rushing yards.
Wootton said Hall is a great player who is making university coaches notice his talent.
"He's just a warrior. He's a kid who can make something out of nothing, which is hard to do," Wootton said. "He always finds a way to get something out of a play."
Mustang running back Gaje Fergeson added another first-quarter score with 8:13 left to make it 14-0 on a 7-yard run.
The junior finished with eight carries for 51 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Mountain Crest quarterback Jamison Webb jumped on the scoring bandwagon with a 55-yard pass to senior wide receiver Faimafili Laulu Pututau with 11 minutes left in the half.
The pair connected again five minutes later from 21 yards out to put Mountain Crest up 38-0.
"That's what we worked on all week, was our blocking schemes," Hall said. "That's what we did perfectly."
Roy made their first trip into Mustang territory with 3:34 left in the second quarter.
The Royals successfully recovered an onside kick to open the second half, but not much else went right for the visitors who only managed to score on Mountain Crest's second-team defense.
Watterson said he liked the sound of a defense that forced eight pass-breakups and three interceptions.
"We've just really been working a lot on our secondary, just working on really smashing down," he said. "Just taking away the pass, and then our line is doing really good."
With 7:20 left to play, the Mustangs fumbled the ball in the red zone, leading to Roy's only scoring drive. The Royals' only points came with fewer than two minutes remaining when sophomore quarterback Tyler Skidmore connected with sophomore tight end Cody Hobbs on fourth down from 11 yards out.
Skidmore's two-point conversion pass fell incomplete and Mountain Crest claimed the top seed in Region 5 with the victory.
"I'm so proud of those kids," Wootton said.