By Gary Dove
WN Sports Writer
“If we can score first, there’s a good chance we’ll go on and play well,” assessed Mount View second year head coach Maurice Gravely Thursday night following the Golden Knights’ 40-0 victory over PikeView at Vic Nystrom Stadium.
He continued, “I think they (Knight players) just put their construction hats on and said, ‘Let’s just go out and get the job done.’”
And it was done in a most impressive fashion, with the defense scoring, the special teams scoring and the offense amassing 327 yards and adding five TDs in the win.
Defense set the tone early, with the now 1-5 Panthers facing a first-and-ten at their own two after picking off a Mount View pass at that point.
Senior Levonne Stephens bulled through the PikeView offensive line to drop Panther ballcarrier Dylan Blake in the end zone for a safety and two points with only 2:49 gone off the first chapter timepiece.
Forced to free kick the pigskin away to the Knights, PikeView chose to punt the football, which normally allows for better kick coverage, unless junior speedster Tony Bailey is returning the boot.
Bailey fielded the kick at his own 37, cut left toward the Mount View sideline and outran all defenders for a 63 yard touchdown only 13 ticks after the safety to surge the Golden Knight advantage to 8-0.
The defensive pressure forced a fumble on only the second snap of the Panthers’ ensuing series, one which junior T. J. Bell recovered at the PikeView 23 to set the stage for a one yard Jesse Rose quarterback sneak and a 16-0 lead following Bell’s two point conversion run at the 4:17 juncture of quarter number one.
Bell picked off a visitors’ pass and returned it 24 yards for another score with 3:25 showing to up the lead to 22-0, as the hosts showed complete control of the contest on both sides of the football.
Senior Rose, who along with Bell scored a pair of times in the game, found the end zone for his second QB sneak of the night on the fourth play of the second quarter, this one from two yards out to extend the advantage to 28-0.
On the final Knight possession of the half, Bell burst up the middle from three yards away for a 34-0 lead with 14 ticks remaining before intermission.
The Knights outgained their guests 256 to 41 in the opening two periods, while recording 10 first downs and limiting PikeView to but one.
Junior Khiamani Vineyard capped a seven play, 49 yard march to open the second half by bulling up the middle for a two yard score 3:36 into the third to cap the evening’s scoring with the Golden Knights on top 40-0.
Both defenses played well throughout the remainder of the contest, with Coach Gravely giving his reserves playing time to ready their skills when they get the opportunity to move into more active roles in the future.
For the contest, ten different Knights rushed 37 times for 149 yards, while starting QB Rose completed 9-of-14 passes for 150 yards. Ryan Long, Rose’s sophomore understudy connected on 2-of-6 aerial tries for 28 yards.
Taking little time to enjoy the win, Mount View’s second in six outings, Coach Gravely quickly focused on next week’s scheduled opponent, the Tolsia Rebels, and what that game will mean in advancing his team’s football fortunes and confidence if the Knights can meet that challenge.
PikeView is scheduled to host Wyoming East next Friday.
AT VIC NYSTROM STADIUM
PIKEVIEW 0 0 0 0 0
MOUNT VIEW 22 12 6 0 40
MV: Levonne Stephens safety 9:11
MV: Tony Bailey 63 yd free kick return (PAT run failed) 8:58
MV: Jesse Rose 1 yd run (T. J. Bell PAT run) 4:17
MV: Bell 24 yd pass interception return (PAT kick failed) 3:25
MV: Rose 2 yd run (PAT run failed) 10:22
MV: Bell 3 yd run (PAT run failed) 0:14
MV: Khiamani Vineyard 2 yd run (PAT run failed) 8:24
FIRST DOWNS PV 2 MV 16
RUSHING PV 25-35 yds MV 37-149 yds
PASSING PV 2-10, 16 yds MV 11-20, 178 yds
TOTAL YARDAGE PV 51 MV 326
INTERCEPTIONS THROWN PV 1 MV 1
FUMBLES – LOST PV 4-2 MV 1-0
PENALTIES PV 1-15 MV 10-87
RUSHING PV Dylan Blake 12-21 yds, Austin Shrewsbury 6-15 yds MV Khiamani Vineyard 11-57 yds, Ty’Drez Clements 4-33 yds, Jesse Rose 7-32 yds, T. J. Bell 4-30 yds
PASSING PV Blake 2-8, 16 yds MV Rose 9-14, 150 yds, Ryan Long 2-6, 28 yds
PASS RECEIVING PV Peyton Greer 1-9, Timi Blankenship 1-7 MV Tony Bailey 5-101 yds, Justin Haggerty 2-25 yds, Jaylen Hall 2-20 yds, Jason Haggerty 1-22 yds, Levonne Stephens 1-10 yds