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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 10:27 am, Tue Oct 23, 2012.

Mountain View’s Richie Estrada led the Mountain Lions to a 21-7 victory over Canyon Del Oro l on Friday night.

The junior running back managed two touchdowns on 23 carries and 178 yards of total offense.

Estrada’s first touchdown came about halfway through the first quarter. On a handoff from quarterback Cody Rochon, Estrada pushed his way through the Dorado defense and sped downfield for a 44-yard score to put the Mountain Lions up 7-0.  

About halfway through the third quarter, Rochon and Estrada again teamed up to make another push to the Dorados’ 12-yard line. Off the snap, Rochon checked his options, and found space to run the ball in and extend the lead to 14-0.

Rochon would end the game 6-10 passing for 46 yards with one touchdown carry. 

Head Coach Clarence McRae acknowledged the team’s unity throughout the game, as well as the individual efforts of Rochon and Estrada.

“We have some very special kids,” he said. “Richie and Cody are very talented young men, and it’s my job to get them going in the right direction so people can see what I see on a day-to-day basis.”

But the win was not just the result of two players. The Mountain View defense managed to limit the Dorados on the ground and in the air, and the offensive line opened gaps nicely for Estrada’s running game.

“I’ve got to give it up to my offensive line,” said Estrada. “It’s not just me. It’s my team. This is my family. We do it as a whole. There are no individuals.”

With nine minutes remaining in the game, Estrada and his offensive line continued to stay in sync, and Estrada found an opening from the Dorado 21-yard line, shrugging off several tacklers to extend the Mountain View lead to 21-0. 

But where the Dorados fell short on the field, they hadn’t lost their pride, and weren’t about to allow a shutout on their home turf.

Led by the offense of running back Isaac Chacon and quarterback Leo Khawam, the Dorados found some big gains to bring the ball to the Mountain View five-yard line on second down and goal, but a penalty was called against the Dorados and a subsequent quarterback sack pushed the Dorados to fourth down and 17.

Chants from the Dorado stands began ringing out. “We want one! We want one!”

In the very next play, the fans would get what they asked for.

Khawam found wide receiver Tommy Sawyer for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the corner of theend zone to send the crowd into eruption.

But with only four minutes remaining in the game, the Mountain View lead would prove insurmountable, and the game would end 21-7 in favor of the Mountain Lions. McRae said the win was a big one for the Mountain Lions’ confidence as the season progresses.

“This is huge for the guys,” he said. “A lot of these guys grew up together and played on the same teams growing up, so it makes this win a little bit sweeter, but in the end it’s just another football game. Our hard work day in and day out will always carry over into games with tough opponents like CDO.”

Estrada said the team is adjusting well under McRae, who is the third coach to take over the Mountain View football program in the last three years. 

“He knows his coaching,” he said. “I have no doubt he will lead us to a winning season. We’re going to continue working hard and never settle for anything.”

The Dorados fall to 0-2 and will face Chavez at home on Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

The Mountain Lions improve to 2-0 and face Desert View on Friday. 

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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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