Mountain Crest jumped out to a great start, and never let their foot off of the pedal. The Mustangs throttled Salem Hills in the first ever meeting between the two teams, as the final score was 55-6.On Salem Hill’s first drive, the Sky Hawks went three-and-out before punting. On Mountain Crest’s first offensive series, the hosts went three-and-in, with a 15 yard touchdown pass from Alex Kuresa to Alex Knowles. That would be the story for the rest of the afternoon, as the Mustangs moved the ball at will, while shutting down the Sky Hawks’ offense.”We told the kids that if we could come out and score quickly, we could give them a lack of confidence, and that is exactly what happened,” said Mountain Crest head coach Mark Wootton.The Mustangs put up huge offensive numbers, most of which came in the first half. Because MC was up 48-0 at halftime, the mercy rule came into affect as the clock ran continuously. Junior quarterback Alex Kuresa finished 10-17 for 333 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. Seniors Matt Stewart, Alex Knowles, and Tyler Weese all benefited from Kuresa’s throws, as Knowles had two touchdown receptions, while Weese and Stewart had one apiece. Mountain Crest finished with 187 yards on the ground.As good as the Mustangs were defensively, they were just as dominant on defense. Mountain Crest did not give up a score until there was 7:21 left in the third, when the game was well in hand. The Mustang defense also forced four turnovers, all of which were interceptions. Jaden Neiderhauser picked off two passes, and Weese and Nick Neely had one apiece. Mountain Crest was able to shut down the Skyhawks rushing attack, due to immense penetration by the defensive line.Mountain Crest will face off against the winner of Highland and Orem. If Orem wins, MC will be the home team. If Highland wins, a coin toss will be held to decide who will host the state quarterfinal game next week. Mountain Crest handily beat Highland 48-27 in the first week of the season. In other valley football action, Sky View’s season ended with a loss to the Springville Red Devils.
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