Mountain Crest’s football team proved too much for the visiting Tooele Buffaloes last Friday, as the Mustangs got off to an early lead and never looked back.
Without the services of junior Vaughn Gritzmacher’s offense and defensive presence, due to injury, the Buffaloes found themselves outmatched in every aspect of the game.
“We had trouble matching Mountain Crest’s size, speed and athleticism on Friday,” Buffaloes head coach BJ Hunter said.
Mountain Crest got the scoring started in the first, thanks to a pick-six touchdown on a 35-yard interception run by Things only got worse from there for Tooele and the Mustangs followed up the interception with an 80-yard rushing touchdown on their next possession and later a 45-yard punt return touchdown to take a 21-0 lead into the second quarter.
The closest the Buffaloes got to a response in the first was a missed field goal, but later got on the board in the next quarter when Bram Gustin punched in a seven-yard run across the goal line. However, Mountain Crest went on to score another 21 unanswered points to pull ahead 49-7
Max Fowles helped Tooele cut into the lead in the third quarter, as his four-yard rush brought the margin to 49-14 in the final four minutes leading up to the final frame. Not to be outdone, the Mustangs strung together another scoring drive in the last three minutes to send both teams into the fourth with a 56-14 score.
Following yet another Mountain Crest touchdown, which brought the margin to 49, both teams held one another out of the end zone and the final score stood at 63-14. On the night, Tooele finished the contest with 300 total yards, 158 in passing and 142 on the ground. Quarterback Kaden Dean threw 11-for-19 and gave up two interceptions.
Gustin led all rushers with 50 yards, followed closely by Fowles who recorded 47. The Buffaloes’ receiving crew was led by Aaron Davis, who made 14 receptions for 65 yards.
Defensively, Gustin led all Buffaloes with four tackles and Kolt Earl recorded a sack and tackle for loss out of his three total tackles.
Despite the loss, Coach Hunter said his young team gained quality experience competing in a playoff game, but encouraged them afterward to learn from the loss in anticipation for next season.
“I told our team we need to develop a “November mentality,” moving forward, so we are ready to compete and play playoff football,” he said.
The season-ending loss brings Tooele’s final record to 4-7 on the year, with all four wins having come in region play.
“Overall I’m proud of the way our team competed this year,” Hunter said. “I love our kids and was honored to be their coach this season.”