As Garrett Gosse eyed a rivalry game loaded with playoff implications, he wanted to see The Meadows’ offense start fast against Mountain View on Friday night.
The senior quarterback made sure the Mustangs did exactly that, helping The Meadows stay unbeaten in Class 2A Southern League play.
Gosse threw for four first-half touchdowns and The Meadows overcame a sloppy second half to hang on for a 28-12 home victory.
“This was a huge game. We needed to come out strong,” Gosse said. “We came out like that.”
Gosse’s touchdown passes helped The Meadows (4-1, 3-0) build a 28-6 halftime lead. He finished 14-for-28 for 206 yards with one interception.
If he was bothered by a downpour in the first half, the three-year starting quarterback didn’t show it.
Gosse threw touchdown strikes of 16 yards to Max Newman and 42 to Taylor Beck in the first quarter, then 25 and 11 yards to Richard Lee in the second.
The final TD pass to Lee came 44 seconds before halftime.
“It helped us, definitely,” Mustangs coach Frank DeSantis said of the first-half surge. “(Gosse) has us moving in the right direction. But I didn’t like the way we played in the second half. Offensively we sputtered.”
Mountain View (2-4, 1-2) compiled 325 yards of total offense, but only six offensive points to show for it. Those came on a 57-yard run down the right sideline by Matthew Larson in the first quarter.
Trevor Van Kempen returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the third to pull the Saints within 28-12, but they couldn’t get any closer.
Chase Marrs rushed for 74 yards on 16 carries for The Meadows, including 41 yards after halftime when the Mustangs milked the clock.
“The whole fourth quarter was a credit to our offensive line,” Gosse said.
Gosse rushed for 40 yards, even though three sacks cut into that total.
Newman caught six passes for 87 yards for The Meadows, and Lee made three receptions for 45 yards.
Jacob Duldulao rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries for Mountain View, and Larson contributed 77 yards on nine attempts.
Mountain View’s Travis Wallace passed for 132 yards. Larson had two catches for 90, including an 80-yarder.
■ Agassi Prep 26, Calvary Chapel 0 — At Rancho, Terrell Kemp passed for two touchdowns, rushed for a game-high 117 yards and intercepted two passes to carry the Stars past the Lions.
Armond Whitney’s 17-yard touchdown run capped the first possession for Agassi Prep (2-3, 2-1 2A Southern). After a Calvary Chapel punt, Kemp found a streaking Kobe Williams for a 45-yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead.
Kemp connected with Williams for a short TD pass in the third quarter and Whitney added a 10-yard rushing score in the fourth.
Kendrick Glinton made two interceptions and a fumble recovery to power Agassi Prep’s defense, which forced seven turnovers and held the Lions to 140 yards.
Jessie Chatelle led Calvary Chapel (2-3, 0-3) with 72 yards on 21 carries.
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■ Spring Mountain 60, Sandy Valley 9 — At Sandy Valley, Alex Soriano returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown, helping the Eagles (5-0, 3-0 Class 1A Southern League) roll over the Sidewinders (1-3, 0-2).
Soriano also made a fumble recovery and interception for Spring Mountain.
■ Virgin Valley 14, Boulder City 0 — At Mesquite, Junior Toscano returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown for all the points the Bulldogs would need to win their Class 3A Southern League opener against the Eagles.
Trevor Thompson added an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for Virgin Valley (5-1, 1-0 3A Southern). The Bulldogs managed only 176 yards of total offense, but held Boulder City (1-4, 0-1) to 3-for-12 passing for 21 yards.
Tyler Washburn gained 77 yards on 12 carries for Boulder City.
■ Laughlin 13, Needles 0 — At Needles, Calif., Justin Quibell returned an interception for a first-quarter touchdown and the Cougars (4-1, 2-1 2A Southern) blanked the Mustangs (0-5, 0-3). Corey Beggs added a 1-yard TD run.In-depth high school sports coverage