Engel, Saints rout White Pine; clinch playoff berth

Mountain View’s T.J. Engel threw for 113 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 215 yards and a score as the Saints (5-5, 4-3 2A Southern) routed visiting White Pine (3-6, 3-4) 48-12 on Thursday to clinch the final playoff spot from the Class 2A Southern League.

Engel was 4-for-9 passing with two interceptions and ran for a 2-yard score for Mountain View, which scored on its first four drives while shutting out White Pine in the first quarter.

Matt Larson hauled in two catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on passes of 45 and 23 yards from Engel. Justyn Anderson added a 33-yard touchdown reception.

“It’s a great feeling,” Engel said of clinching a postseason berth. “I feel like we stepped up and stopped the run well.”

Anderson also had 128 yards on five carries, with scoring runs of 64 and 14 yards in the third quarter.

Freshman Jacob Duldulao gained 91 yards on 16 carries, including a 2-yard TD run, for the Saints, who ran for 435 yards while holding the Bobcats to 61 net rushing yards and 172 total yards.

“The kids came out with a lot of heart in the first quarter,” Mountain View coach Ray LeBoeuf said. “Giving us the lead helped us not have to worry about (defending) the run. I was a lot less worried about defending the pass.”

Quarterback Joshua Ashby racked up 77 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for White Pine and completed 11 of 22 passes for 111 yards with two interceptions.

The Bobcats’ Jacob Henze scored on a 1-yard plunge.

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