THORNDIKE — The Mount View High School football team’s offense is at its best when it’s spreading the ball to a number of players. On Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs were able to do exactly that.

Four players had at least 10 carries for the Mustangs in Saturday’s game against Medomak Valley, and six players scored as Mount View took a 46-7 win over the Panthers.

Mount View (3-2) snapped a two-game losing skid. It was the first loss for Medomak Valley (4-1), which is enjoying a strong first season as a varsity program.

Nine players had at least one carry for Mount View, which piled up 429 rushing yards and averaged almost seven yards per carry.

“We definitely needed (the win),” said Mount View senior Tyler Ripley, who ran for a game-high 151 yards on 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. “Our mindset is back where it was at the start of the season.”

Mount View coach Haggie Pratt said the Mustangs hoped to throw more, but a strong wind kept them on the ground. Mount View attempted just one pass, but it was a good one. Cole Hannan and Gavin Simpson hooked up on a screen pass that went 43 yards for a touchdown and gave the Mustangs a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.

“The wind dictated we keep the ball on the ground. We went back to basics. The offensive line played a lot better today,” Pratt said.

Mount View took an early 6-0 lead when Darrin Cook capped the game’s first drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Medomak Valley answered when Cole Ashmore returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a score, and the Panthers had a brief 7-6 lead.

The Mustangs took the lead for good with 2:31 left in the first quarter, on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jack Axsom. Ripley scored on a 19-yard run early in the second quarter to push Mount View’s lead to 21-7. After Simpson’s touchdown catch, Devan Davis returned a punt 70 yards with 40 seconds left in the first half to give the Mustangs a 34-7 halftime lead.

Ripley added his second 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Laz Littlefield’s 6-yard scoring run in the fourth closed out the scoring.

Cook ran for 108 yards on 11 carries for the Mustangs, while Axsom added 65 yards on 13 carries. Simpson had 10 carries for 39 yards.

Ashmore led Medomak Valley with 54 yards on 12 carries.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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