HYRUM — Mountain Crest honored what will be its 2011 graduating class on senior night in championship fashion, dominating region and Cache Valley rival Sky View 38-6 on Thursday night.
It was all Mustangs from the beginning as senior quarterback Alex Kuresa begun the scoring onslaught with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, making it 6-0.
Kuresa mentioned the emphasis of getting the run game involved and the receivers running hard routes.
"It feels great," Kuresa said of the victory. "We had a job to do taking care of business."
Kuresa threw for four more touchdowns in the effort — one each to receivers Taylor Root, Nate Rigby, Troy Pickett and Dax Fackrell.
Mountain Crest head coach Mark Wootton commented on Kuresa's performance in the crucial region victory, noting that the four-year starter has been involved in three previous region championships.
"(Kuresa) has been in those situations a lot," Wootton said, adding that the experiences gave the senior "great confidence."
Defensively, the Mustangs were led in part by junior Tanner Richardson, who intercepted a pass deep in Bobcat territory from Sky View's Nick Carver, setting up the subsequent 23-yard touchdown pass from Kuresa to Pickett.
The Mountain Crest defense allowed the Bobcats to score their lone touchdown as time expired, that coming on a 26-yard pass from Carver to senior wideout Jordan Hill in a last-ditch effort to save some dignity.
"Our defense came out with heart. It's always satisfying to beat an in-Cache team," junior linebacker Keegan Mitton said, adding that the victory earns "great bragging rights for next year."
Wootton said that the Sky View defense did a good job, despite the final score. He also mentioned the ability of the Bobcats' defensive line to be able to pressure — and in some cases sack — Kuresa while rushing just the front four.
"(Sky View) has one of the best defensive lines in the state," Wootton said. "Very physical."
Because of the three-way tie for the region title, representatives from Box Elder, Logan and Mountain Crest high schools decided the state tournament seedings by a coin toss, which Mountain Crest was fortunate enough to win.
Kuresa said that it brought extra motivation to his team to not let the coin toss go to waste.
"We plan on playing in four more games," the 5-foot-9 senior said.
Mountain Crest senior Mike Dart said that the first-place seeding will make a championship run an easier road.
"I'm way fired up," Dart said. "Gotta do what it takes for a championship."
Mitton's comments echoed the words of his teammates.
"We want to move forward to the state championship," Mitton said. "Every game we play, we want to play (well) no matter who it is."
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