Sage Hill didn't have to be quite so economical in the game itself, rolling to a 56-13 victory at Viewpoint. The Lightning, ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division poll, are now 5-0 for the first time since 2005.
"We've been a pretty good football team the first four games, but we've done some bad things as well that have kept us from being great," Coach J.R. Tolver said. "Our motto this week was, 'How do we go from a good team to a great team?' Part of that was effort and intensity, but also knowing our assignments. That's what we tried to do today, regardless of what the score was. We wanted to do what it takes to take us from a good football team to a great football team, and I think we took a step in the right direction today."
Sage took plenty of steps toward the end zone, scoring seven touchdowns. Three were scored by senior tailback Taylor Ross, who finished with 172 yards despite getting just 12 carries for the second straight week. Ross scored from 72, 48 and one yard out.
Eric Cheng, Randall Mycorn and Conor Kort also scored rushing touchdowns for the Lightning; Cheng's 94-yard scamper sealed the deal in the fourth quarter. But the Lightning also had perhaps their most effective passing game of the year.
Mycorn finished with 154 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions, despite the fact the Lightning didn't throw a single pass in the second half. Mycorn's first touchdown pass to Taylor Petty was well-played, as he pumped to draw the defensive back in before delivering a 58-yard strike that gave Sage the early 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
On the second touchdown, the 6-foot-1 Petty out-jumped Viewpoint defensive back Amir Karian near the goal line and took it in.