Aztecs fall to nationally ranked Mountain Pointe

Written by Jake Pyatt, Sports Editor

Corona football made the short trip to face rival Mountain Pointe only to get shut out by the No. 1 team in the state, losing 38-0.

The teams were held scoreless until Mountain Pointe scored a touchdown with 40 seconds left in the opening quarter. Mountain Pointe ended up scoring a field goal and recovering a blocked punt late in the second quarter to go up 17-0 at halftime.

“Realistically it could have, and should have, been 10-0,” Head Coach Richard Mettlach said. “Defensively I think we (started) well.”

The Aztecs clung to their 17-point deficit for much of the third quarter. Corona took out starting quarterback Austin Helt late in the third quarter down by a handful of scores. The Aztecs went into the third quarter trailing 31-0.

“It was a little bit of everything (score, circumstances, rest),” Mettlach said on taking Helt out of the game.

The closing period was much of the same having Mountain Pointe continue its defensive presence felt, keeping the Aztecs scoreless after 48 minutes of football.

“Obviously, zero points, we have to move the ball better,” senior running back Cameron Brice said. “We have to work on being together and knowing what you need to do.”

With one week to go in the regular season, the offense is still coming up with inexcusable mistakes.

“It’s frustrating,” Mettlach said. “That’s a good defense. Our offensive line struggled a little bit and were banged up. We cannot make little mistakes to hurt ourselves when you play a good team like (Mountain Pointe). When you play someone this good we have to play near perfect to be with them and we are still making mental mistakes.”

Corona begins the week preparing for its biggest game of the year, facing Desert Vista at home on senior night aiming for a spot at the playoffs.

“Our playoffs start next week,” Mettlach said. “We are planning on getting in if we win. If it doesn’t happen, so be it. We have to win that (game) and see what happens.”

Brice is ready for the big game on his senior night.

“We have to make sure we don’t fold under pressure,” Brice said. “If our team isn’t excited for this, I don’t know what will get them excited. We’re just going to come out, have a good week of practice and try to come out with a win on Friday.”