Mountain View scored touchdowns on each of its first five drives of the first half, then held off a hard-charging Hanford Falcons team to win its third straight non-league game Friday.
Hanford quarterback Eli Perkes gashed the Thunder defense for 357 yards and one touchdown, plus 104 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, including a 6-yard score with four minutes into the fourth quarter to trim Mountain View’s lead to 37-31 at McKenzie Stadium.
Mountain View attempted to run down the clock a subsequent 13-play, 83-yard drive, but a 22-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Hanford with 19 seconds remaining.
Without any timeouts remaining, the Falcons took over at their own 20-yard line. Three plays later, Mountain View’s Rylan Reineback came up with the game-ending sack as the clock expired.
The Thunder leaned on a strong ground game led by two 100-yard rushers, Jaden Brown (164 yards) and Porter Drake (107 yards, two touchdowns), during a first-half shootout in which the two teams combined for 62 points.
Mountain View’s Ayden Cummings caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cash Cook, JJ Thompson rushed for a 7-yard touchdown and Cook also added a 1-yard touchdown run to give Mountain View a 37-25 halftime lead.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 37, HANFORD 31
Hanford 12 13 0 6—31
Mtn. View 23 14 0 0—37
MV — Ayden Cummings 44 pass from Cash Cook (Akili Kamau run)
H — Eli Perkes 75 run (pass failed)
MV — Cook 1 run (Kamau kick)
MV — Porter Drake 35 run (Kamau run)
H — Sean Arnold 19 pass from Perkes (pass failed)
MV — JJ Thompsn 7 run (Owen Purvis kick)
H — Preston Bryant 33 pass from Perkes (pass failed)
MV — Porter Drake 5 run (Purvis kick)
H — Perkes 5 run (Elijah Leader kick)
H — Perkes 6 run (kick failed)
RUSHING — Hanford: Eli Perkes 14-104, Karter Coffman 5-10, Josh Henning 2-0; Camas: Mountain View: Jaden Brown 16-164, Porter Drake 19-107, Akili Kamau 1-2, JJ Thompson 3-17, Cash Cook 6-17.
PASSING — Hanford: Perkes 20-37-1-357; Camas: Cook 5-10-1-162.
RECEIVING — Hanford: Preston Bryant 7-169, Coffman 5-85, Renato Sarabia Jr. 3-35, Sean Arnold 3-47, Asa Perkes 2-21; Mountain View: Kamau 2-87, Ayden Cummings 2-63, Dra