OREM Mountain View's backfield is getting back to full strength, and it is becoming harder and harder to slow down each week.
After missing their two starting running backs for much of the preseason, the Bruins picked up their second-straight win with a 42-7 thumping of Tooele on Friday. Like the week before, they literally ran over their opponent led by workhorse tailback Anthony Heimuli.
Mountain View opened up an early two-touchdown lead and took all the wind out of the Buffaloes' sails by halftime. Tooele had hoped to capitalize on the momentum from its win over Orem last week, but never had much of a chance to stay in the game.
"We figured we needed to jump on them early to take some of that confidence away," said Mountain View coach Teko Johnson. "Anytime you can do that, especially against a team that runs a triple-option offense, and take them out of their comfort zone, that was big for us."
It took only two plays for the Bruins to get on the board first. Heimuli broke free into the secondary and outran the defense for a 69-yard touchdown run with only 24 seconds gone off the clock.
After a quick hold on defense, Mountain View got the ball back and scored on a halfback option pass. Quarterback Dustin Thacker handed off to Wes Christensen, who faked a run before tossing to a wide open Chris Wright. All Wright had to do was turn and walk into the end zone for the 36-yard touchdown pass.
Tooele's only score came on its next possession. A long run by Jordon Biorge set up a 15-yard pass from Chris Iorg to Jordan Clemente.
The score remained 14-7 until a second quarter fumble gave Mountain View the ball deep in Buffalo territory. That led to a two-yard plunge by Heimuli. The Bruins added one more score before halftime on a 26-yard pass from Thacker to Wright making the score 28-7.
The second half was a showcase for the Mountain View running game. Heimuli scored on a 42-yard run in the third quarter, followed by a 32-yard touchdown run by T.J. Mounga.
Heimuli finished with 162 yards on 13 carries to go with his three TDs. Mounga added 54 yards rushing.
"It's a different ball game for us when we're healthy," said Johnson. "(Heimuli" is a tough guy to bring down."
The Bruin running backs will get their biggest test of the year next week against Timpview. Not many people will give Mountain View a chance, but Johnson is keeping his team focused.
"You always have a chance," said Johnson. "Timpview is very, very solid. But our focus is more on the things we need to do."