Bragging rights are hard to come by in the Mayes household.
Especially when your name is Peyton.
The senior Mountain View quarterback plays for his dad, so praise needs to be earned, probably more than most others on the team.
But it's not just that. Bart Mayes was a highly successful quarterback in his day for Thompson Valley. And Peyton's grandpa, Tom, before them all at Lutheran.
So sticking out isn't always straightforward.
"I don't know if he ever threw for five touchdowns," Peyton laughs, "but he did throw for 400 yards, so I can't say too much."
Bart can't remember tossing five touchdowns himself, so maybe Peyton nipped him in that department Friday night at Patterson Stadium in a 51-6 drubbing of winless Niwot.
"I was so distracted I didn't even know he actually threw for five," Bart said afterward. "I don't know if that's ever been done by us, so that's fun."
Peyton was at the controls all night, very much like the more famous quarterback of the same name. He distributed the ball all over the field, tossing all five to different receivers, three in the first half alone.
Short fields and very little out of the Niwot offense helped jumpstart Mountain View's night as the Cougars fumbled on only the second play from scrimmage and sending a snap high two plays into their third possession.
Mountain View (2-2) could only convert the first Niwot miscue into a 29-yard field goal from Tobin Armstrong due to penalties, yet found pay dirt the next time when Peyton hit senior Preston Green from 10 yards out and a 10-0 edge less than 7 minutes in.
From that point, the race was on for the Lions.
Peyton hit running back Chad Baumann for a 2-yard scoring catch and just-returned back Erik Contreras hauled in a 26-yard seam route to put the Lions up 30-0 with less than a minute off the clock in the second quarter.
Baumann busted Mountain View's biggest play of the contest, displaying great vision to hit the backside of the play, bouncing the ball 53 yards to the left for a touchdown leaving little doubt to the outcome. He would net 86 yards total — without playing the fourth quarter — while Contreras chipped in 46 and Shane Rascio another 58 on the ground in relief.
Haden Marr and Dylan Naughton would snag the final two touchdown passes in an otherwise meaningless second half from the standpoint of winning or losing, Marr's from 12 yards out and Naughton from 7.
Peyton finished with 260 passing yards and 51 more on the ground, oh, with a rushing touchdown too for good measure.
"We take a lot of pride in (Peyton) throwing all those touchdowns. We like it when he's in the end zone," junior lineman Joshua Boles said with a smirk. "And not getting sacked."
On the opposite side of the ball, Mountain View was equally disruptive on defense. The Cougars (0-4) found themselves routinely stuffed in the backfield, losing starting quarterback Noah Pena left the game with injury after the second play and going to third-stringer Matt Baun by the second quarter.
When Baun took the reigns, trailing big, the Cougars looked more effective on offense, moving the ball through the air, eventually nailing a 37-yard touchdown pass up the middle to cut the gap to 30-6 in the second quarter.
Baun threw for 108 yards, which accounted for all of the Niwot offense. The Cougars ended the night with -9 rushing yards, much lost on a pair of sacks from Boles.
"If felt good. Tonight was fun. We pretty much dominated," he said. "We treated them like they weren't 0-3, but like they were better than us. We didn't want to be lazy and let them come back. We didn't take any breaks."
Mountain Lions 51, Cougars 6
At Patterson StadiumNiwot (0-4)0600—6Mountain View (2-2)2314140—51
MVHS — Tobin Armstrong 29-yard field goal, 9:27.
MVHS — Preston Green 10-yard pass from Peyton Mayes (Kamden Carwin kick), 4:39.
MVHS — Chad Baumann 2-yard pass from Mayes(Carwin kick), 3:25.
MVHS — Baumann 53-yard run (kick blocked), 0:44.
MVHS — Erik Contreras 26-yard pass from Mayes (Carwin kick), 11:34.
NHS — Trent Tadewald 27-yard pass from Matt Baun (2-pt conversion failed), 2:05.
MVHS — Mayes 7-yard run (Carwin kick), 0:02.
MVHS — Haden Marr 12-yard pass from Mayes (Carwin kick), 9:54.
MVHS — Dylan Naughton 7-yard pass from Mayes (Carwin kick), 1:47.