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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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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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