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Mountain View beats Marana

Scramble in the second half gives Lions 27-2 win

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:00 am

They call it the “Battle of the Boot,” but this year’s annual Mountain View-Marana rivalry game took on added significance because the game at Marana High School was played on opening night of the football season.

Despite both teams coming off losing seasons, both sides of bleachers were packed with enthusiastic fans, and the halftime score was a close 7-2 in favor of visiting Mountain View.

But the action really heated up in the second half. Everything came together for Mountain View’s Mountain Lions, who rolled to a 27-2 win, scoring three touchdowns and racking up a defensive shutout.

The Marana Tigers’ sole two points came on a safety by defensive lineman Michael Susa, who tackled quarterback Cris Thorson in the end zone seconds before halftime.

“We knew we were solid on defense,” said Mountain View coach Larry Branson.

Branson, in his first season at Mountain View, is not exactly a newcomer.

Branson has been a high school head coach for 16 years. He has a career record of 84-65, and spent the last seven years at Francis Howell High School in Missouri.

Although the Mountain Lions are unveiling their third coach in three years, the team under Branson looks like a winner, if the season opener is any indication.

Late in the second quarter, the Tigers put a drive together that took them into Mountain View’s red zone. Four runs by sophomore quarterback Ben Honea netted 17 yards. After a reverse by Derek Wengert went for five yards, it was suddenly a first and goal at the 3-yard line. Then, Honea took it down to the 1-yard line. However, the next two runs could not move the ball into the end zone. After Tanner Morse was turned away, the Mountain Lions took over on downs.

“Power football,” Branson said. “My wife would say we’re a third- and fourth-quarter team.”

And this is where the Mountain Lions might be better than they were the past few seasons.

The Mountain Lions offense was led by Thorson, wide receiver Jerry Teague, and running back Marcos Mcmillon.

The offensive line went to work immediately to start the third quarter with a 77-yard scoring drive. Mcmillon ran for 7 yards and a first down out to the 30. A few plays later, Thorson found Teague for 21 yards and a first down to Marana’s 12-yard line.

A couple of plays later, Mcmillon ran it in for a touchdown. The extra point made it 14-2.

Mcmillon finished with 90 yards, rushing on less than 20 carries.

On their next series, the Mountain Lions showcased their passing attack.

Thorson, in his second season as a starter, connected with Teague for a 9-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, it was 20-2 for Mountain View.

Teague really showed off his talents in the fourth quarter. Thorson hung up a pass for the wide receiver in the end zone, and Teague made a leaping catch in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

The Mountain Lions’ Austin Trebilcock, who thrived on the ground, carried nine times for 65 yards. Teague finished with three catches for 55 yards.

“I should’ve come down with the ball,” Teague said. “It’s the quarterback’s ball and he made a good throw.”

Thorson and Teague seemed to be just missing in the first half, as Teague kept getting open.

“We were just a hair away,” Branson said. “Cris is a leader. (Senior) Zach Carter stood out a bit.”

Marana’s Tanner Morse, a strong contributor in last year’s Mountain View match-up, is more impressed with his team this year.

“We have a lot more intensity in practice,” Morse said. “There’s more unity in the team and the coaching staff.

“We’re excited about Ironwood Ridge (this week’s opponent).”

Mountain View will host defending state runner-up Canyon Del Oro Friday, at 7 p.m.

Marana will travel to Ironwood Ridge on Friday.

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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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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