Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Only one thing proved effective in impeding the Mountain View High football team Friday night against rival Los Altos – a running clock.
After a first half in which Mountain View scored touchdowns on every possession and shut out Los Altos, game officials stopped the clock only for timeouts the rest of the way to mercifully hasten the end of the 55-8 blowout.
The non-league game probably couldn’t have ended soon enough for the floundering Eagles (0-3), overmatched by a squad of spirited Spartans (2-1) celebrating homecoming in front of a copious crowd at Foothill College.
There was no better player on the field than Mountain View’s Marcus Jones. The senior running back touched the ball 10 times on offense and scored five touchdowns, matching a career high. Jones got his hands on the ball as a defender as well, recovering a fumble that he returned nearly 50 yards late in the first quarter.
Jones scored two plays later on a 6-yard run that looked downright easy compared to his touchdown on the game’s opening drive, a 20-yard gallop with a nifty spin into the end zone. Kicker Chauncey Neyman’s extra point pushed the lead to 14-0.
Jones – who totaled a game-high 81 yards rushing – showed off his receiving skills on the Spartans’ next series, scoring on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie.
“We saw (on film) that in the middle of the field, they play two deep safeties, so we knew if I got through the middle, it would be wide open,” Jones said. “The quarterback threw a great ball, the line blocked and I got through.”
That wasn’t the last time Mountain View victimized Los Altos’ defensive backs. In the final minute of the half, receiver Ulysses Pena-Prado outran the secondary to snare a deep pass by Fischer-Colbrie for an 80-yard touchdown. The extra point pushed the Spartans’ lead to 42-0.
Fischer-Colbrie finished 6-for-7 passing for 187 yards.
“He’s a special individual and he works extremely hard,” Mountain View coach Toure Carter said of his junior quarterback. “With him, it’s all a matter of time and just getting comfortable back there. If he gets comfortable and starts believing in himself, like he’s been doing, that kid’s going to be good – really good.”
Not to be outdone by the offense – which produced touchdowns on all but its last series of the game and racked up 331 yards – the Spartans’ defense and special teams made major contributions as well.
The defense recorded five sacks, limited Los Altos to 144 yards of offense and came just seconds away from a shutout.
Mountain View scored twice on special teams. When the Eagles snapped the ball over their punter’s head in the second quarter, Mountain View’s Joe Flores recovered the fumble and returned it 4 yards for a touchdown. And on the last play of the game, Mario Pelella returned Los Altos’ onside kick 47 yards for a score.
Most of Los Altos’ highlights occurred in the final minutes. Quarterback Lambie Lanman scampered 43 yards on a bootleg and threw a 15-yard pass to tight end Conrad Rogers, setting up Paul Hernandez’s 1-yard touchdown plunge. Lanman then connected with Rogers on a 2-point pass with 24 seconds to play.
“We’re still getting closer. Our offense at times ate up the clock, moved the ball downfield and then we got into trouble,” Eagles coach Rudy Alcala said. “We don’t have a game-changer on this ball club. We need all 11 on that field doing their job to turn this thing around.”
Los Altos’ next chance to do so is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a non-league contest against visiting San Benito (2-2).
Mountain View is slated to host Santa Clara (3-0) 3:15 p.m. Friday to open SCVAL De Anza Division play.