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Tigers, Lions haven't played of late, but they'll do so this Friday

Mountain View at Marana, 7 p.m. Friday

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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The high school football gods weren't smiling on Marana last Friday.

Both of the town's teams were defeated on opening day. They have a chance for redemption this week, as Marana and Mountain View revive their long-dormant gridiron battle.

"These kids go to school together and they know each other," said Marana head coach Anthony Coronado. "They've been itching to play against each other for a long time, but scheduling has always kept it away.

"It's definitely a game both sides are ready to play," added Coronado.

While the Tigers are ready to call it a rivalry, Mountain View head coach Paul Schmidt is more hesitant.

"Rivalry games come from playing each other for a long time, and we haven't played each other in a while," said Schmidt.

Rivalry or not, a victory on Friday would go a long way toward developing confidence for two programs looking to improve after difficult openers.

Marana lost to Amphitheater 21-0 in its first game as a member of the 4A Kino region, giving up 272 yards on the ground to the Panthers on 49 carries, an average of 5.5 yards per carry, while the Tigers mustered 74 rushing yards on 26 carries, or 2.8 yards per attempt.

On the positive side for the Tigers, the secondary held Amphi to 16 yards through the air, limiting Panther quarterback Zach Roth to two completions on nine attempts while Marana QB junior Robert Contreras averaged more than 11 yards per completion (3 of 11 for 34 yards with no interceptions).

"Playing Amphi, they're always going to be a physical, pop-you-in-the-mouth team," said Coronado.

"We came out of it pretty healthy, and held our own.

"We were in it all the way to the fourth quarter, and the defense impressed me – they were gang tackling and played good football," he added.

Coronado pointed to the play of Contreras and sophomore cornerback Tanner Morse as positives for the Tigers last week.

"I saw a lot of good thing out of (Contreras) — it was his first varsity start," said Coronado. "He's got that under his belt now.

"I'm also very impressed by Tanner Morse, we hope he can build on that game," added Coronado.

As for the lack of rushing production, Coronado plans to address that this week.

"We have to get our fullback (5-9, 215-pound junior Louis Payne) more involved," said the coach.

Mountain View's Schmidt is also looking to see his team improve after a tough first week. The Mountain Lions lost to Tempe Marcos De Niza 42-7 on Friday.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Padres broke the game open with a 60-yard run from senior running back Ramon Abreu, scoring 42 unanswered points before Mountain View senior running back Myles Williams scored the final touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run with 3:26 left to play.

Williams finished with 82 yards on 23 carries, and senior quarterback Evan Roberts kept the ball eight times for 34 yards.

The Mountain Lions' passing game struggled. Roberts attempted five passes, completing one to Williams for 13 yards and throwing one interception.

"We've got to improve in all areas, offensively and defensively," said Schmidt. "Now our players know what it takes to compete at that level."

Turnovers were especially devastating for Mountain View, according to Schmidt.

"We turned the ball over to them five times – you just can't do that," he said.

While Schmidt and the Mountain Lions are attempting to correct their own weaknesses, they are also well aware of Marana's strengths.

"Their fullback is a big, big strong kid," said Schmidt. "They've got good speed – they look very big, and they're quick and run fast to the ball. We'll give our best effort to contain them."

As for the Tigers, stopping Williams will be a main focal point.

"Their tailback Williams is a pretty good athlete," said Coronado. "That's going to be key — in high school football, if you can run the ball, you're in good shape. We have to make sure it's kept in check."

While practice and planning take precedence right now, both coaches say they are happy to be involved in the intra-town tussle.

"I hope it will develop into a good, healthy rivalry," said Schmidt.

"We respect our opponent, and I think it's good for the community," said Coronado. "We're excited to get this game back."

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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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