TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Things are just fine on The Ridge.
One week after the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks' offense stumbled through a three-team scrimmage with Tucson and Catalina Foothills, it was Mountain View that did the stumbling, literally, in a 42-14 opening night win for the Nighthawks.
The first high school football game in the state of Arizona for 2018 got off to a bizarre start when someone failed to communicate with the Nighthawks that the national anthem was about to begin.
Seconds after their band started playing, Ironwood Ridge came charging on to the field creating a slightly awkward moment.
Then things got real weird when someone forgot to take the latch off the blowup tunnel the Mountain Lions use to enter out onto the field.
That mistake resulted in players falling over each other as they attempted their momentus pre-game sprint out to ignite the crowd.
And then the game started.
Mountain View committed penalty after penalty to short-circuit their opening drive.
The Nighthawks took a 7-0 lead on a two-yard run by senior running back Nathan Grijalva.
Mountain View seemed to settle in after that putting together a drive of their own to tie the game at 7-7.
Sophomore quarterback Hayden Parson converted two fourth down plays, the second a one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown.
Ironwood Ridge though marched right back down the field and scored on a six-yard swing pass touchdown from their newly minted starting quarterback Octavio Audry-Cobos to Antonio Villanueva.
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The game turned the Nighthawks way late in the second quarter when Parson, under pressure from a blitz by Brandon Barrios, tried to throw the ball away to avoid a sack.
Unfortunately that throw went right into the middle of the Ironwood Ridge defense and was intercepted by junior defensive lineman Max Vernon who returned it 25 yards for the touchdown.
The Nighthawks led 20-7 at the half.
They took a 26-7 lead early in the 4th quarter on a 73-yard touchdown run by senior Drew Cook.
After a Parson to Varney Larson 37-yard touchdown pass for the Lions cut the Nighthawks lead to 26-14.
Cook found the end zone again when Audry-Cobos found him streaking down the middle of the field on a 46-yard strike.
Audry-Cobos, a junior, was playing his first game ever as a quarterback on any level.
IRHS closed out their scoring on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Fabian Figueroa to Isaiah Olalde.
The Nighthawks (1-0) are attempting to reach the playoffs for a 17th straight season.
The Mountain Lions (0-1) are coming off a 7-4 playoff season in which they lost a ton of key pieces including defensive tackle Kai Golden to graduation and wide receiver Josh Hart who transferred to Salpointe Catholic.