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FOOTBALL: Mountain View running back scores six touchdowns in downing host Guards, 49-21.

October 12, 2010|By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the Leader

MEMORIAL FIELD – So the saying goes in football, speed kills.

Mountain View High tailback Josymar Ulloa knows all about what speed can do to an opponent after Saturday night's game against Bellarmine-Jefferson, so too do the Guards, who had a heap of trouble slowing down the trailblazing scoring machine.

Ulloa's first rush netted just two yards, but on his second hand-off, he bolted through the Bell-Jeff defense for 37 yards, dialing up an extra gear that the defense struggled mightily to contain. From there, Mountain View showed no qualms of rushing the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Ulloa unrelentingly, until the game was beyond reach.


At the end of the rushing spectacle, Ulloa's numbers were nothing short of sensational: 27 carries, 322 yards and six touchdowns. He had five runs of 20 or more yards, including 65-yard and 50-yard touchdown surges in the fourth quarter, which sealed the Vikings' 49-21 nonleague win, ruining homecoming night for Bell-Jeff.

"You have a kid that's potentially a weapon like that and you run a tight double wing — he'll kill you," Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre said. "He outran us."

Ulloa, a senior, eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in just five games for Mountain View (3-2). Against Bell-Jeff (2-4), he also had two interceptions of Guards quarterback Chris Issakanian, while playing defensive back.

"We knew he was fast," Bell-Jeff outside linebacker Mitchell Kellogg said. "We knew he could do this. I had no idea that their [offensive] line was going to be this explosive and this fast. That kind of caught us off guard."

Ulloa scored his first touchdown of the night, a four-yard run, six minutes into the game, on Mountain View's initial offensive possession.

He struck again midway through the second quarter, on a three-yard touchdown run, as the Vikings took a 14-0 lead.

With 2:18 to go before halftime, Kellogg spurred life into Bell-Jeff by intercepting Mountain View quarterback Jerry Ponce just inside Guards' territory near midfield. Ponce attempted only two passes and didn't gain a yard through the air.

Kellogg returned the pick to the Mountain View 10-yard line, setting the offense up with a chance to cut the deficit in half.

"I think that was one of the spark plugs that got us going," Kellogg said. "It just seemed I ran forever. The end zone wasn't getting any closer."

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