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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 9:00 am, Wed Oct 30, 2013.

The Mountain View Mountain Lions put a stop to a would-be eight-game win streak by Tucson High on Friday night when they dominated the visiting Badgers 33-7.

It was a critical win for the Mountain Lions as the regular season draws to a close and the playoff picture begins to emerge. The win marked the team’s third in a row, improving their record from 3-3 three weeks ago to 6-3 currently after they collected consecutive wins over Vista Grande and Ironwood Ridge before breaking down the Badgers’ defense last week.

“We knew if we didn’t win this game, we wouldn’t make it to the playoffs,” said Mountain View running back Richie Estrada. “We knew what we had to do.”

And, Estrada did a lot of it, rushing for 279 yards and three touchdowns by game’s end.

Early on, though, it looked like Tucson High was setting the tone.

After a 30-yard pass completion from Tucson High’s Donovan Moore to Bryce Coleman led the Badgers to the Mountain View 20-yard line.

But the Mountain Lions’ defense held strong, forcing a turnover on downs, and that, in turn, let Estrada do what he does best on offense.

The senior starter moved the ball upfield 38 yards on seven carries, and finished the drive with a 14-yard touchdown to put his team up 7-0.

The Mountain Lions then made it 10-0 after knocking in a 42-yard field goal.

Coleman answered shortly after for Tucson High, his long kick return putting the Badgers in striking distance. That drive was nearly botched when the Badgers fumbled, but lineman Thomas Gray jumped on it for the touchdown.

Mountain View closed out the half with another field goal to make it 13-7, and continued to pour it on late in the third quarter when Estrada put up 12 more points on two rushing touchdowns that combined for 92 total yards.

That gave the Mountain Lions a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. That lead was never threatened as the Mountain View defense continued to suffocate the Badgers, preventing them from finding the end zone.

The Mountain Lions capped off the game with an Andre Duncan touchdown reception.

“We knew what type of football team we were, and we’ve played a tough schedule coming into tonight,” said Mountain View head coach Clarence McRae. “We knew we’d been beaten and battered and our record definitely shows that. We’re a strong team, but at the same time we dropped some earlier in the season against some tough opponents.”

The Mountain Lions will play away at Rincon on Friday at 7 p.m., while Tucson High will play their last regular season game against an unbeaten Salpointe Catholic High School team.

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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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