Mountain Crest started off on the right foot in Region 5 play, as the Mustangs earned a hard-fought homecoming victory over the Bonneville Lakers, with a final score of 16-6.The Mustangs were able to win in large part because of strong performances by the special teams and defense. Mountain Crest was able to hold onto a lead in the second half, as they used their strong running game to gain first downs that consumed time late in the game. Senior running back Alex Knowles led the Mustang rushing attack by amassing 157 yards on 24 carries, nearly all of which came in the second half.”As much as teams are now starting to pass and spread out, I think that in high school you still need to be able to run the football,” said Mountain Crest defensive coordinator Doug Snow. “That helped to toughen up our kids.”The first half turned out to be a stellar defensive battle, as it consisted mostly of both teams swapping punts. Bonneville was able to jump out to an early lead of 6-0 when they were able to convert the great field position that they received off of a short Mountain Crest punt. The Lakers started the drive from the MC 32 yard line, and Bonneville quarterback Boston Nelson was able to connect with Sage Stireman for a touchdown on the first and only play of the possesion. Nelson finished the night 13 of 18 for 151 yards.However, the Mustangs were able to dig themselves out of the early hole, as Knowles scored on a 40 yard touchdown run to knot the game up 6-6 two possesions later. Knowles ran for 76 yards alone on the first Mountain Crest scoring drive, as the Stangs choose to keep it on the ground for the entire drive. After the Knowles score, the teams swapped punts before the first half came to an end.Coming out of halftime, it appeared as if Bonneville was set to regain the lead when the Lakers recovered a Mustang fumble on the opening kickoff to start from the MC 15 yard line. After Bonneville was stuffed on a run at the line of scrimmage, Mustang defensive lineman Raider Lofthouse was able to collect a huge sack to force a third and long. Mountain Crest was able to come up with a stop on fourth down to prevent the Lakers from doing any damage on the turnover. The Mustangs were able to follow up the defensive stand with a march inside Laker territory. When the drive stalled on third down, sophomore Justin Call made the play of the day on special teams, drilling a 42 yard field goal to put the Mustangs up by three.”You know, Mr. Call has a pretty good leg,” said Snow. “He’s going to get better and better, of course. His older brother was a great kicker for us a while back, so it’s good to see him get that.”After the Call field goal, Bonneville pieced together a drive into Mustang territory late in the third quarter. However, it came to a screeching halt when senior defensive back Malin Brough picked off a Nelson pass in the flats. Brough was able to run the ball all the way back for a touchdown, thanks to a massive block by quarterback/defensive back Alex Kuresa, who is more known for his passing than his blocking.”The second he caught it, you saw 10 other guys running down the field looking for someone to block, and Alex Kuresa, he leveled some kid,” Snow said. “That was a great, great block.””He (Brough) is a fun individual to coach, and most importantly he is a great young man.”The Mustangs were able to seal the win when senior Tyler Weese picked off another pass in the end zone. The Mustangs then turned to their running game to eat up clock, and Knowles and the entire offensive line was able to come up big to preserve the victory.Alex Kuresa had an uncharacteristically small day throwing the ball. The junior quarterback went 7-11 for 57 yards as Mountain Crest instead focused on running the football. The Mustangs will face off next Friday at Box Elder, as they continue their region schedule against the Bees.—In other valley games:Logan (1-4) fell to Ogden for the first time in 13 meetings, 63-42 in Ogden. The Tigers improve to 5-0 on the season.Sky View got a hugh 48-6 homecoming win over Box Elder, their fifth straight win over the Bees. Sky View improves to 3-2 on the season.Bear River defeated Ben Lomond 42-7, improving to 4-1 on the season.
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