LAYTON -- Mark this one with an asterisk.
Even after getting thumped 38-14 by Mountain Crest a year ago, the Knights had more important things on their mind than revenge. With the playoffs looming, Northridge chose to nurse some nagging injuries, turning a potentially salivating matchup between two of the state's top teams into a snoozer, as the Mustangs took a 31-7 decision for their seventh straight win.
"We had basically 10 starters out to start the game," Northridge coach Erik Thompson said. "That was my choice. There were probably three or four that maybe could have played but there was no way that I was going to risk injury."
After six consecutive punts to start the game, the Knights fumbled on their fourth possession, giving Mountain Crest excellent field position. Three plays later quarterback Jamison Webb punched it in from a yard out to give the Mustangs the early lead.
Mountain Crest scored again after intercepting Nate Kusuda early in the second quarter on the Northridge side of the field. Eddy Hall, who added 105 yards on 21 carries, scored his 16th rushing touchdown of the year on a six-yard run to make it 14-0.
Northridge finally got on the board late in the third period when a pair of sophomores connected through the air. Quarterback Ben Jackson found teammate Dayan Lake open for a 17-yard touchdown to narrow the deficit to 24-7.