Mountain Pte. football surprise shakes up 6A conference

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Before the season began, azcentral sports had picked Mountain Pointe High School and Chandler High School as the teams favored to meet in this year’s 6A football championship game.

So much for trying to guess what unpredictable teenage football players are likely to do.

No. 2 Mountain Pointe rolled almost effortlessly to a shocking 52-7 victory Thursday night over No. 1 Chandler in a game that was so lopsided a running clock was put into play for almost the entire fourth quarter.

The Chandler loss, combined with last night’s upset of No. 3 Hamilton High by Desert Ridge High School, means there will be an early-season shake-up at the top of the 6A rankings this week.

Chandler’s only loss this season came in its second game when they lost to California power, Centennial High. But they still put 49 points on the scoreboard against the state title runner-up and lost by just seven points.

The collapse against the Pride this week is hard to understand.

Mountain Pointe built up early momentum and Chandler head coach Shaun Aguayo admitted afterward that his defense just couldn’t find a way to stop them.  The result was the most lopsided loss during Aguayo’s five years in charge.

The Pride didn’t score until the first quarter was winding down, but they made up for lost time before going into the locker room, scoring four times before halftime.  Their use of a no-huddle, hurry-up offense made it difficult for the Wolves’ defense to keep the roof from falling in.

When the third quarter opened, Mountain Pointe scored on the first possession of the period when senior quarterback Noah Grover connected with senior wide receiver Isaiah Pola-Mao on a six-yard pass play that upped the score to 35-0.

At that point, it was pretty much game-over. Chandler sophomore running back Decarlos Brooks came off the bench to score on a 31-yard run in the final 3 1/2 minutes to avoid the shutout. The last time a team was able to keep the Wolves off the scoreboard was back in November of 2011 when Hamilton beat them 28-0 in the final game of the season.

The usually-dependable sophomore quarterback Jacob Conover managed just 63 yards passing for the Wolves, completing just six attempts and getting picked twice.  This is the same QB that ran up 300 yards and scored two touchdowns against Pinnacle High School just a few games before.

Credit an aggressive Mountain Pointe defense that was dominant throughout, forcing four Chandler turnovers.

On offense, Grover was on his game, connecting on 10 out of his 14 pass attempts for 186 yards.  Most of those went to Pola-Mao (3 catches, 67 yards) and Jaydon Brooks (5 for 86).

On the ground, junior running back Gary Bragg was the work horse for the Pride, carrying 23 times for 161 yards and three scores.

When the dust cleared, Mountain Pointe had gobbled up 505 yards of offense to Chandler’s 182.

And that’s what you call a dominating performance.