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Lesson learned! No.7 Meridian doesn’t lose his halftime lead – instead, he eliminates first Mountain View in the 5A quarter-finals – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings


MERIDIAN – Meridian, seventh in the standings, found himself in the familiar position of holding a halftime lead at No.1 Mountain View.

The opening week showdown ended in a bitter 14-13 loss, a result the upstart Warriors have struggled to leave in the past.

Until Friday evening.

Powered by a hawking defense that forced six turnovers, Meridian avenged his Week 1 loss with a 35-6 loss to the previously undefeated Mountain View in a violent Class 5A quarterfinal. The Warriors (8-3) qualify to face Rigby (9-1), a 41-14 winner over Capital, in the state semifinals next week.

“They got us at the start of the season, and we knew we could come back,” Warriors junior linebacker Nathan Reynolds said of Mountain View (9-1), who wiped out a 13-0 deficit in half-time during the first meeting between the teams. . “In practice, we just had the mindset of ‘This is not the best team.'”

Despite falling 6-0 in the first quarter, the Warriors were clearly the better team on Friday night.

Mountain View, fresh out of a goodbye following a rout from Rocky Mountain in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference championship game, kicked off his first possession and took the lead in a one-yard run by Dominic Sotomayor. The next eight possessions of the Mavericks were fumble, punt, fumble, end of half, fumble, fumble, interception, interception.

“When you’re up against a great opponent you can’t make mistakes and expect to be in a game like this,” said Mountain View coach Judd Benedick. “And it came from people who are generally very reliable players for us, so it’s hard to get mad at someone for something like that because they’re a big part of why you’re there. where you are.”

With the wind helping, Malakai Martinez hit Davis Thacker for a 20-yard touchdown on the opening play of the second quarter to put Meridian on the scoreboard. Kross Antonnacchi made it 14-6 at the break with a powerful 4-yard touchdown run.

Meridian’s offense kept the pressure on in the second half as the defense turned game after game. The Warriors scored their 35 points on turnovers.

“I mean six turnovers in one game, props for them,” Antonnacchi said of the defense. “They stepped up their efforts from the last game, they were really unhappy with the way they did it. And letting the State’s No.1 team know it probably did them some good.

It was the bitter end of a memorable fall for the Mavericks, who put on a perfect regular season that included two wins over rival Rocky Mountain.

“It’s just an amazing group of seniors with great leadership,” said Benedick. “All of these (accomplishments) are really special, and you can’t take anything away from them. “

(File photo featured by Loren Orr Photography)