THORNDIKE — Sometimes, it’s hard to point to one play that turns a close game into a blowout, but Saturday at Mt. View High School, that play was obvious.

In the final minute of the first half, Mt. View had the ball deep in Dexter territory, when Dexter’s Trevor Fogarty intercepted a pass at his own 4 yard line and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. The Mustangs had a chance to go into the half down a touchdown. Instead, the Tigers led by 19 points, and poured it on in the second half for a 56-0 win.

“Give credit to the defensive line for getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” Fogarty said. “I was just able to make a play on it, and had good blocking down the field. That really carried momentum into the second half.”

Fogarty had a big day for Dexter (2-1). Along with his pick six, Fogarty ran for a pair of touchdowns, and threw two more. The Tigers junior quarterback finished the day with 88 yards rushing and 153 passing.

“Our offensive line did a great job today blocking. Best performance by them all year long,” Fogarty said.

Dexter took the lead late in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andrew Levansalor (10 carries for 128 yards). It stayed that way until the final minute of the second quarter. With 40 seconds left in the first half, Fogarty had a pass go through the hands of a Mt. View defender and into the hands of tight end Dylan Graffam for a 21-yard touchdown pass and a 13-0 lead.

The Mustangs quickly moved downfield, setting up Fogarty’s key interception return.

Mt. View (0-3) had chances in the first half, but couldn’t capitalize. Five times, the Mustangs had the ball in Dexter territory, but turned the ball over on downs three times, and lost the ball on turnovers inside the Tigers’ 20 twice.

“We didn’t take advantage of the opportunity when we had it. We’re still young. We’re just making things happen that should be happening,” Mt. View coach Jack Brady said.

Dexter scored 23 points in the third quarter to pull away. After gaining 166 yards of offense in the first half, Mt. View gained just 41 yards in the second half.

Freshman Tyler Ripley had two catches for 31 yards for Mt. View.

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