The Mountain Vista Golden Eagles (4-7, 2-3) went on the road on Friday night and defeated the Mullen Mustangs (4-7, 2-3) 24-16 in the first round of the 5A State Playoffs.
The host Mustangs got on the board first when a bad snap on a punt went over the Mountain Vista punter Jacob Barrett’s head and set the Mullen offense up with good field position on their first drive. Junior running back CJ Smith carried it in from three yards out, but the 2-point conversion attempt was no good.
Mountain Vista scored late in the first quarter when senior quarterback (and punter) Jacob Barrett, who played his freshman year at Mullen before transferring to Mountain Vista, threw it to junior wide receiver Adam Holton for a 47-yard touchdown. #3, who is not listed on the team’s roster on Maxpreps.com, made the extra point and put the Golden Eagles up 7-6.
The teams traded interception to begin the second quarter. Sophomore Ben Martinez picked off a Jacob Barrett pass in the endzone. However, the Mustangs were unable to capitalize on the turnover and gave it right back. The interception for the Golden Eagles was returned all the way back for a pick 6.
Mullen answered with a 39-yard field goal from junior Aidan Lehman on the next possession. That cut the Mountain Vista lead to 14-9. Mullen even had a chance to score again before the half, but a 53-yard field goal attempt from Lehman was blocked as time expired on the first half.
Mullen opened the second half with the ball but was unable to do anything with it. They punted to Mountain Vista and the Golden Eagles were able to drive down and make a field goal to extend their lead.
Mountain Vista scored again in the third quarter when, sophomore quarterback who also saw significant time under center for the Golden Eagles on Friday, Dane Dougherty found wideout Carter Ortega from 2 yards out for a touchdown. The 24-9 lead the Golden Eagles had was the largest they had all night, but the Mustangs did not go away quietly.
The Mustangs fought back, led by Senior quarterback Kyle Remington. After yet another Ben Martinez interception, Kyle Remington threw it 81 yards to his best friend, and favorite wideout target, Ben Marcoux for a touchdown.
With about five minutes to play the Mustangs failed to convert on fourth down and, with only one timeout, it looked as though the game was over. But the Mustang defense forced a fumble from Matt Smith, the senior running back for the Golden Eagles.
Kyle Remington found senior Clay Barden on a fourth down for a gain of 19 and then on the very next play, threw it to Ben Marcoux for a gain of 21. A defensive pass interference and a defense holding set the Mustangs up with one last heave to the endzone.
Unfortunately for Remington and the Mustang it wasn’t meant to be on Friday night. The Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete in the endzone, giving Mountain Vista a road playoff victory.
For the second consecutive year, the Mustang season ended with a first-round playoff loss at home.
For the Mountain Vista Golden Eagles, they advance to face defending state champion Valor Christian in the second round of the 5A State Playoffs.
Score by Quarter:
Mountain Vista- 7 7 10 0 24
Mullen- 6 3 7 0 16
Mullen- Smith 3 run (2 pt. conversion unsuccessful)
Mountain Vista- Holton from Barrett 47 pass (#3 kick)
Mountain Vista- Shells INT Return (#3 kick)
Mullen- Lehman 29 FG
Mountain Vista- #3 39 FG
Mountain Vista- Ortega from Dougherty 2 pass (#3 kick)
Mullen- Marcoux from Remington 81 pass (Lehman kick)
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