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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:00 am

On Friday, Mother Nature provided the greatest obstacle the Mountain View Mountain Lions have faced during the season’s first three weeks.

On a night when half of Southern Arizona’s high school football games were rained out and rescheduled for Saturday, game play was delayed some 90 minutes, before Mountain View could take the field and destroy the visiting Desert View Jaguars, 46-7.

“The main thing was to be 3-0,” said Mountain View coach Larry Branson. “We have a meat grinder for the next four weeks.”

That’s when the Mountain Lions will take on powerhouses like Salpointe, Cienega and Ironwood Ridge. They’ll also host Tucson High, coached by former Mountain Lion coach Justin Argraves, which could make that confrontation emotional.

In recent rankings throughout Southern Arizona, Cienega was ranked No. 1, while the Nighthawks were ranked No. 2.

Last Friday, the Mountain Lions broke out of the rain delay with their cleats dug firmly in the ground.

Weston Kimmel ran 19 yards on the first play. Two plays later, quarterback Cris Thorson started running to the right, cutting back to the left and racing 61 yards down the left sideline. His run put the ball on the Desert View 2-yard line.

Marcos Mcmillon went 2 yards for the touchdown. After a missed conversion, it was 6-0.

“Desert View had athletes,” Thorson said. “But we played our game.”

The Mountain Lions’ defense gave the ball back to the offense when Cecil Fuentes recovered a fumble on the Desert View 32-yard line. Mcmillon went back to pass and found go-to-guy Jerry Teague for 32 yards, bringing the score to 13-0.

The Jaguars returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards. That set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Ivan Fausto, cutting the lead to 13-7.

Weston Kimmel caught a pass from Thorson and went 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Mountain Lions a 20-7 lead with 6:43 left in the first half.

Thorson finished with only five of 10 completions, but threw for 105 yards and three touchdowns. He was also the Mountain Lions’ leading rusher with 90 yards on nine carries.

“I wish we could run better,” Branson lamented.

The Mountain Lions still ran for 234 yards in the game. They’re averaging 6 yards per carry for the season.

Mcmillon finished with 12 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns, while Austin Trebilcock gained 53 yards on the ground, including a 10-yard touchdown.

The Mountain Lions’ defense dominated in the second half, as they prevented the Jaguars from scoring.

Kimmel intercepted a pass, the team recorded a defensive safety, and the players held the Jaguars to just 130 yards, all on the ground. Kevin Mellen also intercepted a pass in the first half.

“Our defense is opportunistic,” Thorson said. “Our entire defense flies around.”

The nucleus of this year’s successful team existed during last year’s 3-7 season. This year, the Mountain Lions are thriving with the same group.

“Coach Branson is getting the weapons open,” Thorson said. “It’s huge for the program.”

Branson is happy with where is team is currently sitting.

“If you’re going to build a program, you have to do it in steps. Right now they believe in themselves,” he said.

This Friday, the Mountain Lions will travel to Salpointe for a 7 p.m. tilt.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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