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Football 2014: Cupertino Falls to Mountain View 27-20 in OT

posted Oct 4, 2014, 6:50 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:59 AM ]
Mountain View’s Austin Johnson ran in a 10-yard touchdown in the second overtime leading the Spartans to a 27-20 thrilling victory over the Cupertino Pioneers. 

Cupertino took the opening drive, but after a couple of first downs the drive stalled. Mountain View then used the big play – a 73 yard run by Irving Ramirez got them close to a TD – but he was brought down at the 2 yard line. There, the Pioneer defense stiffened, and the Spartans had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Nick Towell. Tino went 3 and out on their next possession, and MV took over at their own 32. But a series of running plays by Mountain View culminating in a 14 yard TD run by Ramirez made of score 10-0. But the Pioneers battled back with an 11-play 79 yard drive, capped off with a 4 yard TD run by Morgan Saenz. It was then the Pioneer defense’s turn to shine, pushing the Spartans backwards and forcing them into a punt from deep in their own territory. The Pioneers then took over with great field position, and despite having the drive stall out after six plays, Marcus Anton booted a majestic 38 yard field goal to tie the game at 10. The teams traded fruitless drives to end the half with a ties score.
 
Both teams had trouble moving the ball in a scoreless third quarter. But on the Pioneers first drive of the fourth quarter, they went on a time-consuming, methodical 13 play drive which ended with QB Anthony Pozzetti hitting WR Kyle Avvakumovits in the corner of the end zone putting the Pioneers up 17-10 with 5:45 remaining. But once again, the Spartans used the big play – this time a 69 yard run by Austin Johnson once again tying the score. Cupertino had just over three minutes to attempt a game winning drive, but a fourth down pass fell incomplete, and the game would go into overtime. In High school, overtime rules involve each team getting the ball on the opposing team’s 10-yard line.
 
Cupertino had the ball first. But two sacks forced the Pioneers back to the 23 yard line. But Marcos Anton booted a magnificent 40 yard field goal to put the Pioneers ahead by 3. Then it was Mountain view’s turn. The Pioneer defense was stout, and the Spartans were forced to try a 29 yard field goal, which hit the goalpost, but glanced inward tying the game. In the second OT, MV had the ball first and scored on their first play – a 10 yard dart up the middle by Johnson. Cupertino had their shot in the second OT, but they were unable to advance the ball in four tries, and Mountain View emerged victorious 27-20.
 
Coach Chris Oswald, in his post game interview stated, “We didn’t play well enough to win. We missed some open receivers on offense, and we let Mountain View make too many big plays”. On the positive side, Oswald praised his defense for stepping up, “After the first quarter, our guys figured out the speed of the game, and stuffed them for two full quarters—all the way until that last big play in the fourth quarter”. Oswald specifically praised the play of Joseph Luo, as well as the play of the special teams, which included the great kicking of Marcos Anton.
 
Next week, Cupertino travels to Homestead for a tough matchup against the Mustangs.
 
 
MV: 10, 0, 0, 7, 10 = 27
CHS: 0, 10,0,7,3 = 20
 
Scoring plays:
1st Quarter:
MV: Towell – 25 yard field goal
MV: Ramirez – 14 yard run (Towell kick)
 
2nd Quarter:
CHS – Saenz – 4 yard run (Anton kick)
CHS – Anton – 35 yard FG
 
3rd Quarter:
No scoring
 
4th Quarter:
CHS – Avvakumovits – 13 yard TD catch from Pozzetti (Anton kick)
MV – Johnson – 69 yard TD run (Towell kick)
 
Overtime:
CHS – Anton – 40 yard FG
MV – Towell – 29 yard FG
MV – Johnson – 10 yard TD run (Towell Kick)
 
Pioneer Leaders:
Passing: Anthony Pozzetti – 6 for 17, 59 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Kyle Avvakumovits – 3 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Edison Hernandez – 16 carries 60 yards