Montgomery finds its third phase

Posted by Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget:
Through five games this year, defense and special teams had grabbed most of the headlines for Montgomery while the offense took a backseat waiting its turn.
Well, the O-side’s time came Friday night against Ukiah. When Jabari Simms-Young burst around the right end on the game’s first play and sprinted 81 yards, it was more than just a spectacular TD, it was a proclamation — the offense had arrived. The Vikings went on to pile up 360 yards, 267 on the ground.
Montgomery has always run the football, first and foremost. It’s the preferred way to get down the field for coach Jason Franci. Against Ukiah it was exactly the way Franci likes it.
Simms-Young softened up the Wildcats’ defense with sweeps and then Jake Haas ran between the tackles for 111 yards on just 7 carries, including a 59-yard TD. Simms-Young had 132 yards on 17 attempts. QB Max Heller had 93 yards passing, several to keep drives going.
Perhaps the Vikings most important drive came late in the third quarter and carried through to the fourth, a 15-play, 96-yard march that featured 14 runs and consumed nearly eight minutes.
Heller had one completion, a 27-yard strike to Nick Swain on third-and-10 to keep the drive alive. Haas and Simms-Young accounted for the remaining yardage, except for one 2-yard gain by John Jesse. Moments after the game, Franci was obviously pleased.
“The offense showed up tonight,” Franci said. It was if he was saying: “Finally all three phases of the game worked, offense, defense and special teams.” The defense had two picks and held quarterback Chad Pittman to 11-of-31 passing. Pittman’s favorite target, Aaron Dhuyvetter (26 catches, 5 TDs), was held to two receptions, only one for positive yards.