Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald
Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald
Thirty-one points and more than 400 yards of offense wasn’t enough for Mountain View football Thursday night, not with Longmont’s high-powered offense on the other sideline, and certainly not with the number of injuries plaguing the Lions.
Despite the strong offensive showing, the Lions had no answer for the Trojans in a 49-31 defeat at Patterson Stadium. Running back Drake Engelking amassed 125 yards from scrimmage with two rushing scores and added a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown for good measure.
In total, the Trojans recorded 500 yards of offense with multiple explosive touchdowns in the 49-point effort.
“We have lost 34 players to injury, eligibility, you name it,” Mountain View’s interim coach Gary Anderson said. “There wouldn’t be any shame in just kind of laying down, and they didn’t. I hope everyone saw that … I’m so proud of the guys who are still with us and hanging in there.”
Though the Lions put together what looked like a promising first drive, Lukas Arthur threw an interception on the edge of the red zone that swayed the momentum early. Four plays later, Longmont’s Sage Yazzie took a sweep on the left side 52 yards to the end zone.
The Trojans forced Mountain View into another punt and capitalized with a slower drive resulting in a 3-yard touchdown run from Engelking. With just less than four minutes remaining in the opening quarter, the Trojans already had a two-score lead.
Turnovers again proved costly on the Lions’ ensuing possession, once more inside enemy territory. On the plus side of the 50, Malachi Contreras was unable to secure a handoff and the Trojans recovered. On the next play, Oakley Dehning went over the top of Mountain View’s defense, connecting with Yazzie for a 72-yard score right before the end of the quarter.
“We wanted to throw the ball up the field a little more, and better, so we really made a point of that last week,” Longmont coach Doug Johnson said. “Oakley was outstanding and our receivers were really on time and executed.”
It took nearly two quarters, but Mountain View found pay dirt with 3:37 left in the half. Arthur threw a 37-yard touchdown to Josiah Baptista to cut the lead deficit to 14 points.
“It’s the same story as the entire season — if we don’t bite ourselves in the foot with turnovers early, holdings early, we can be a dominant offense,” Arthur said.
Despite seeming to grab some momentum entering halftime, Longmont responded quickly as Dehning plunged in from 3 yards out on a quarterback keeper.
Longmont maintained the momentum after the break as Dehning perfectly placed a ball over a defensive back’s finger tips to Beck Fieth for a 37-yard touchdown.
Every time Mountain View seemed to find something on offense, Longmont answered with a blow. Following a Lions field goal, Engelking punched in his second rushing score of the game.
The Lions responded with the second touchdown connection of the game between Arthur and Baptista. But following the flow of the game, Engelking raced 98 yards on the next kickoff for a touchdown.
“That’s called Mr. Engelking,” Anderson said. “It was no surprise. He’s an elite running back, one of the best in the state.”
Mountain View didn’t go down easy, though, as Baylor Brigham hauled in a 19-yard score from Arthur early in the fourth quarter. Arthur and Baptista linked out for the third time of the game with three minutes remaining, but they were unable to muster anything else.
With one game remaining on the season, Arthur still knows one thing.
“I love this team so much,” he said. “I love these guys. They fight ’til the end and I don’t know who else I’d rather play with.”
Trojans 49, Lions 31
At Patterson Stadium
Longmont (6-2)217210—49Mountain View (2-6)071014—31
Longmont — Sage Yazzie 52 run (run no good), 8:48. Longmont — Drake Engelking 14 run (run good), 3:54. Longmont — Yazzie 72 pass from Oakley Dehning (Cruz Garcia kick), 0:20.
Mountain View — Josiah Baptista 37 pass from Lukas Arthur (Tobin Armstrong kick), 3:37. Longmont — Dehning 3 run (Garcia kick), 1:06.
Longmont — Beck Fieth 37 pass from Dehning (Garcia kick), 9:28. Mountain View — Armstrong 29 kick, 8:06. Longmont — Engelking 3 run (Garcia kick), 4:54. Mountain View — Baptista 14 pass from Arthur (Armstrong kick), 1:16. Longmont — Engelking 98 kickoff return (Garcia kick), 1:01.
Mountain View — Baylor Brigham 19 pass from Arthur (Armstrong kick), 10:02. Mountain View — Baptista 15 pass from Arthur (Armstrong kick), 3:11.