Big Horn Wins 2A Title 47-22 [VIDEO]
Christian Mayer scores five times as Big Horn wins their fourth state championship.
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In the 2A title game it was all Big Horn as they scored in about every way possible in this one.
Mountain View would have the ball first and controlled the ball for nearly the entire first quarter driving the ball 80 yards and chewing up 10 minutes of clock.
The drive nearly stalled near midfield but Mt. View would go for it on 4th and short and pick up the first.
The drive would eventually be capped off on a one yard Austin Housekeeper quarterback sneak.
The two point conversion would fail leaving the Buffalos with a 6-0 lead.
That lead would be short lived as Christian Mayer would take the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a Big Horn touchdown and a 7-6 lead.
After a 3 and out from Mt. View the Big Horn offense would get their first shot and they didn’t disappoint as they would go 58 yards in 4 plays scoring on a 28 yard
Conner McCafferty pass to Seth Kite giving Big Horn two scores in a matter of a minute and 45 seconds, making it 14-0 at the end of one.
The 2nd quarter belonged to Big Horn as they used big play after big play to put the ball in the end zone twice more.
Once on a 7 play 80 yard drive capped off by a 11 yard pass from McCafferty to Colter Carzoli.
The second touchdown drive may have been a backbreaker as the Rams took it 93 yards on 7 plays to score with 17 seconds left on another McCafferty to Carzoli pass this time from 15 yards out.
That would stretch the lead to 27-6 and that’s how the first half would end.
The second half would start with a Mt. View successful onside kick but that was about the only highlight in the quarter for the Buffaloes, they would get to the Rams 12 yard line before turning it over on downs.
The Buffaloes would force Big Horn to punt for the first time in the game and would put together a lengthy drive before Christian Mayer would intercept a Housekeeper pass and take it 90 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the ball game making it 34-6 at the 4:19 mark.
The Buffaloes would get inside the Rams ten yard line as the quarter expired.
Housekeeper would sneak it in for the second time in the game on the first play of the 4th quarter to cut the Ram lead to 34-14. Christian Mayer would answer though this time on a 9 yard pass from McCafferty.
Mt. View would strike back one last time on a Cade Covington run of 10 yards, this one set up by a 50 yard pass from Housekeeper to Caleb Flake.
It was the guy, Mayer one more time to put the explanation point on the Rams first state title since they were back to back champions in 2003 and 2004.
This one was a 50 yard reverse that it looked like the Buffaloes had him bottled up on the near sideline before he slipped through and took it all the way.
There were a lot of stand outs offensively in this ball game for the Rams from McCafferty at quarterback to Seth Kite and Colter Carzoli both running and catching, but no one shined brighter than Mayer who scored 5 times on all three phases for the Rams.
Mayer ended with 243 all purpose yards.
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Mountain View vs. Big Horn in the 2A State Championship Game…first quarter…Mountain View wearing the purple and black…they went for it on 4th and 1 at the Big Horn 46…Austin Housekeeper would get the first down to keep the opening drive alive, and his team took their time.
On the next play…the junior would put his arm to good use…he sees a target down-field and it’s Caleb Flake with the reception and he took a decent shot as well. He had 6 receptions for 106 yards, and that was a 17 yard pick up to the 29.
Moving on…this was an 18 play 80 yard drive that took more than 10 minutes to complete…Housekeeper would sneak his way in on the last yard…2 point try no good…Buffalos lead 6-nothing.
That lead lasted all of 12 seconds…because once the opposition finally got their hands on the ball…there was very little that could stop them…on the ensuing kickoff…Christian Mayer fields the ball at the 24…finds a hole…slips 2 tackles…and he is off to the races…74 yards…and the junior was just getting started. You are going to see a lot from him in these highlights…Rams go up by a score of 7-to-6.
Now his team would like to have an actual offensive play…Connor McCafferty has a pretty good arm himself…over the middle to Seth Kite who is open and he has no trouble scoring from 28 yards out…2 scores in less than 2 minutes for Big Horn…who was up 14-to-6 after the first 12 minutes.
Second quarter…they wanted more…and so did McCafferty…option keeper…and he’s got some room to run…good blocking…and he tried to hit the brakes in order to elude 2 tacklers…no such luck there, but he did pick up 41 yards on the run, down to the Mountain View 15, and the Rams were knocking on the door again.
About 2 plays later…they would strike again…McCafferty screens to Mayer…nice block…slips one tackle…and scores from 11 yards out…for the game McCafferty was 8 of 9 passing for 147 yards…PAT no good…now the score is 20-to-6.
Now would not a bad time for some defense…Colter Carzoli comes in on the corner blitz…a blocker picked him up, but he was not going to be denied his sack lunch…a 12 yard loss on the play, and I think you can tell which team is firing on all cylinders so far.
Now Big Horn has the ball again…and they were showing why they have the #1 offense in the state Class 2A…Kite takes the screen from McCafferty…he wasn’t seeing much on the far side of the field, but he saw plenty on the other side…this was 57 yard gain down to the Buffalo 17 yard line…he had 94 yards receiving, and business was booming once again.
Less than 30 seconds remaining until the break…and that was enough time…McCafferty needs 15 yards…and Ryan Kob-i-el-usz will give his quarterback what he needs…ever since they gave up that opening score…it has been all Rams since…they were up 27-to-6 going into the locker room.
Third Quarter…Mountain View tried to get back into it…they recovered the onside kick on the kickoff…but on 4th and 5 from the 11…Housekeeper is not getting anything…Carzoli got to him first…Kaleb Rosselott and Kris Johnson came in with the assist…and it’s a turnover on downs inside the red zone.
The Buffalos would get the ball back and give it another try…but this play was a disaster for them…Housekeeper saw a receiver open…however Mayer was able to step in front of the pass and pick it off…and things only got better for him once he reversed course…all he needs now is one very important block…he got it…and he is gone…a 90 yard pick 6…these 2 teams had never played each other before this game…and it was one that Big Horn would remember…now leading 34-to-6.
…and just when you did not think it could get worse for the Buffalos…well…Housekeeper was the nail on this play…and he just got hammered…courtesy of Devin Ibach…a Ram with a full head of steam…the D had 3 sacks in the game and they were big.
But….the drive would stay alive…Housekeeper was 12 of 23 for 180 yards…this would be a 28 yard gain to Levi Harmon on 4th and 12…Mountain View was 4 of 6 on 4th down conversions…but they were still in a 34-to-6 hole, going into the final 12 minutes.
4th quarter…first play…Housekeeper would call his own number and finish the job himself…2 yards…6 points…and a 2-point conversion…now the score is 34-to-14.
Meanwhile…Big Horn went back to work and it was business as usual…Carzoli will make a few tacklers miss and he’ll pick up some yardage on the near side line…36 yards down to the 9…team-wise they had 221 yards on the ground…averaging 7.8 yards per carry…that’s really good.
Next play…McCafferty…screen pass to Mayer…who will take care of the rest himself…that’s touchdown number 4 for both…and the latter is not finished yet…PAT no good…and the scoreboard reads 40-to-14.
Essentially…this game is over…but credit to the Buffalos…they did not quit…Housekeeper completes a pass to Flake…both of them are juniors, so they’ll be back next year…Flake is going to make a lot of something out of nothing…a 58 yard gain, down to the enemy 22 yard line…and the boys in black still had some fight in them, despite the score.
They did have to finish the job on this drive…because they wanted to make the score a little more respectable…Cade Covington takes the option pitch and gets around the line for a 10 yard touchdown…plus 2…and that would make this a 40-to-22 contest.
As for Mayer…I said he was not finished…he had one more trick and this was a beauty…on the reverse…he’ll run into some congestion on the far side…but watch…his knee never hit the ground…he found a way to stay up…he’ll spring himself for 50 more yards and touchdown number 5…it’s definitely over now.
It was a year of parity in Class 2A and confusion rained…and upsets were made in the post-season…but when the dust settled…it was Big Horn, who would emerge with their first state championship, since 2004…final score 47-to-22…the Rams would finish the season, with a record of 10-and-1.