Nicholas Wright figured he’d seen the field for Mountain View in two quarters coming into Friday’s Homecoming game against Fort Vancouver.
Most of his action this season had come in JV games, but the junior saw plenty of meaningful snaps in the Thunder’s 49-0 victory at McKenzie Stadium.
Wright ran for 98 yards and a touchdown on six carries as Mountain View (4-2, 2-0 GSHL) racked up 480 yards on the ground.
“Our starters did a good job to get the second-stringers out there,” said Wright, who joined the backups on the field for the final three quarters of the game. “This feels very good.”
The starters barely had time to work up a sweat in 12 minutes of action, but they put up 21 points in their quarter of duty before yielding the field.
In his brief stint, junior Carl Falls caught a touchdown pass, had an interception to snuff out a promising Fort Vancouver drive, then followed that up by running for a TD one play after sprinting 88 yards before getting tripped up by Damien Saechao at the Trappers 1.
“It’s probably a trademark for us now to start out slow, but we’re getting into midseason form right now,” said Thunder coach Adam Mathieson.
That was plenty good enough to beat a Trappers squad that fell to 0-6, 0-2 in league play, and has now dropped 21 straight games overall and 24 in a row in league play.
“That game was won in the offseason,” said Fort coach Eric Ollikainen. “It was clearly decided in December, when they were working hard in the weight room. We’ll get there, but we’ve got to get our guys into the weight room.”
By halftime, Mountain View led 42-0 and had already run for 378 yards. Toss in 36 passing yards, and the Thunder averaged 12.6 yards per snap.
The Thunder also held Fort to just 188 yards of total offense and picked off sophomore Jordan Suell three times.
“You never know how a game like that will go,” Mathieson said. “It was important for our kids to play for all 48 minutes.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW 49, FORT VANCOUVER 0
Fort Vancouver 0 0 0 0– 0
Mountain View 21 21 0 7–49
MV — Carl Falls 25 pass from Luke DuChesne (Jordan Montenegro kick)
MV — Eddie Richardson 14 run (Montenegro kick)
MV — Falls 1 run (Montenegro kick)
MV — Lex Reese 1 run (Montenegro kick)
MV — Jose Leyva 9 run (Montenegro kick)
MV — Nicholas Wright 7 run (Montenegro kick)
MV — Leyva 16 run (Will Warne kick)
RUSHING — Fort Vancouver — Jaquan Thomas 15-48, Marquis Radford 7-40, Jordan Suell 5-13, Taylor VanHeck 3-12, Damien Saechao 3-15, Marquis Taylor 1-3. Mountain View — Corey Davis 8-62, Wright 6-98, Michael Nadig 6-49, Richardson 4-54, Avi Bharth 4-15, Falls 3-105, Reese 3-5, Kendall Miller 4-31, Leyva 2-25, Austin Mace 2-37, Nick Niedermeyer 1-(minus 1).
PASSING — Fort Vancouver — Suell 8-16-3-57. Mountain View — DuChesne 2-3-0-36, Reese 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Fort Vancouver — VanHeck 4-46, William Doty 2-17, Taylor 2-(minus 6). Mountain View — Falls 1-25, Nolan Biggs 1-11.