<strong>HYRUM—</strong> Mountain Crest flexed its muscle Friday afternoon when the Mustangs pounded the Bountiful Braves, 41-0, at home<strong>.</strong> The Mustangs played terrific defense, scoring twice, to help MC advance to the semifinals of the 4A State Tournament.
The Mustangs set the tone early, scoring on their opening possession, when senior quarterback Jameson Webb ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run. The score gave the Mustangs a 7-0 nothing lead and the defense did the rest.
“We had a great scheme planned for today and our players did well to execute,” MC head coach Mark Wootton said. “We aren’t very big, but our kids are really strong, fast, and really determined. We scored quickly and set the tone defensively and we never let up. I’m so proud of this group of kids.”
Middle linebacker Troy Netzley led the Mustangs defensive attack early on when he forced a fumble on Bountiful’s opening possession and then on the Braves next possession, returned an interception 29 yards to the house to give the Mustangs a 14-0 nothing lead to finish out the first quarter.
“Our defense did a great job today,” Netzley said. “We had a great game plan and really stepped it up and hit them in the mouth.”
Webb and senior wide out Faimafili Pututua led the Mustang offensive and carried the load without injured star running back Eddy Hall who missed the game with a sprained ankle.
“Webb played confident, read the defense really well before the snap, and then made great adjustments,” Wootton said.
Mountain Crest held Bountiful’s powerful run game in check and allowed less than 150 yards of total offense. Braves running back star Jakob Hunt was held in check this week after rushing for 291 yards and four touchdowns last week.
“I’m a little surprised we stopped their powerful run game,” Wootton said. “Our defense is really starting to believe in itself. They want to play defense and they take pride in it. They are a hungry and confident group right now.”
Senior Gaje Ferguson also joined in on the defensive party when he returned another interception by Braves quarterback Taylor Holman 27 yards to the end zone. The pick-six gave the Mustangs a 28-0 nothing lead with 10:05 left in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Nick Taylor added rushing touchdowns of five and one yards for the Mustangs’ offense.
With the win, Mountain Crest advances to the semifinals to play at Rice-Eccles Stadium next week and will play the Highland Rams for a chance to play for the 4A State Championship.