PAYSON The Mountain View Bruins figured they could move the football on the Payson Lions, they just didn't think they could do it so quickly and in such big chunks.
In thumping the Lions 35-14 Wednesday, the Bruins scored four times in the first half and only one of those scores came after a long drive. And the Bruins' early score in the third quarter, which gave them a 35-0 lead, also came on only a three-play drive.
"Overall, I thought we did some really good things tonight," Mountain View coach Teko Johnson said.
Mountain View, with 289 yards rushing and 436 total yards, chewed off 10 to 15 yards on almost every play. Anthony Heimuli led that rushing attack with 123 yards on 13 carries.
The big plays started the very second the Bruins touched the football. After stopping the Lions at midfield on their first drive, Mountain View's Greg May fielded a punt on his 3-yard line and found a seam and raced 73-yards until he was finally chased down. On the very next play, Heimuli took a hand-off and weaved his way right up the middle to score untouched.
The Lions thought they had tied the Bruins on their ensuing possession, when Alex Maynes took a pass over the middle and rambled 50 yards to pay dirt, only to have the play called back because of an offensive pass interference call that occurred away from the reception.
When Mountain View took over following a Payson punt, the Bruins used only three minutes and needed only eight plays to go 64 yards. The big play on the drive was a 25-yard carry by Marcus Draper, who later finished off the march with a 1-yard TD plunge.
Early in the second the Lions wasted another excellent scoring chance when their drive stalled on Mountain View's 9-yard line. On a third down from the nine quarterback Misi Wolfgramm hit a Lions receiver in the end zone, but the pass was dropped, setting up a fourth down. Wolfgramm then tried to catch the Bruins off-guard with a bootleg, but Mountain View wasn't biting.
On the next possession Bruins quarterback Mark Garrett, after a fake reverse, hit Heimuli coming out of the backfield with a perfect pass over the middle. The Bruins tailback broke two tackles near midfield and then outran the defenders for a 72-yard TD pass.
A few minutes later, a 30-yard punt return by May put the Bruins on Payson's 28-yard line. On the first play Garrett dropped back to pass, and when he couldn't find an open receiver he instead ran untouched around the left side into the corner of the end zone sending Mountain View into the locker room with a four-touchdown cushion.The Bruins added another score four minutes into the second half on a 6-yard run by Garrett. Payson avoided the shutout when Wolfgramm capped off an 80-yard drive late in the third with a 6-yard TD scamper. Leroy Unga, who finished with 116 yards rushing for the Lions, had a 22-yard run on the drive and an 18-yard reception. Payson added another score late in the game on a 35-yard TD catch by Maynes.
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