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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:00 am

There was no doubt that Mountain View’s sideline had a sinking feeling Friday night when Salpointe Catholic’s Cameron Denson ran in an 82-yard touchdown just 18 seconds into the game.

The play, a well-timed handoff and return between Denson and running back Johnny Pena, would be utilized numerous times throughout the game, repeatedly confusing the Mountain Lions’ defense.

“They did some things that flustered us a little bit this game,” said Mountain View Head Coach Clarence McRae.

Denson was behind much of the Mountain Lions’ frustration.

The 6 foot 1 junior, who is filling in at quarterback for the injured Andrew Cota, managed to rush for three touchdowns and throw for another. He collected 239 yards on 16 carries, and completed five of six pass attempts for another 129 yards of offense.

“It was really our game plan to just come out and be more aggressive and physical,” said Denson.

The Mountain Lions kept it close in the first quarter, when Cody Rochon knocked in a 33-yard field goal to bring the score to 7-3.

But it was the Lancers who would close out the quarter.

With 13 seconds remaining, Denson flicked the ball to wide receiver Brogan Kemmerly on a reverse play, and Kemmerly found space along the sideline to rush in the 37-yard touchdown.

The Lancers continued to run the ball well in the second quarter. On a handoff from Denson, Pena pushed through the gaps in the Mountain View defense for a 48-yard gain, bringing the ball to the Mountain Lions’ nine-yard line.

Pena picked up a few more on first and goal, and Denson finished the job with a six-yard rushing touchdown to increase the Lancer lead to 20-3.

Mountain View was repeatedly forced to punt as its offense struggled to find any rhythm, despite running back Richie Estrada rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries.

The Salpointe lead increased when Pena broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run with under a minute remaining in the half.

The third quarter was just as unfriendly to the Mountain Lions, plagued with incomplete pass attempts and forced punts, and Salpointe took advantage early when Denson found Jared Sires for a 48-yard touchdown, despite nearly being sacked.

“Coach is always telling us to avoid the sack,” said Denson. “I just threw the ball into the area, and he happened to catch it.”

Trailing 33-3, Mountain View never quit fighting, and a mistake by Salpointe in the fourth quarter would leave the Mountain Lions with strong field position.

On fourth and 15, the Lancers’ fake punt turned into an incomplete pass, giving Mountain View the ball on the Salpointe 25-yard line. Richie Estrada closed that distance in just two runs, gaining five on first down, and another 20 on second to give the Mountain Lions their first and only touchdown of the game. Rochon’s point after was good, cutting the Salpointe lead to 33-10 with about nine minutes remaining.

Denson responded three minutes later with a 25-yard rushing touchdown, finalizing the score at 40-10.

“This is just another step toward our goal of a state championship,” said Denson.

McRae said the team will look to put the loss behind them as they prepare for another tough challenge on Friday.

“They deserved to win this game,” said McRae. “We went into it prepared, but we left a lot of opportunities on the field. We’re going to work hard to get back on track next week at Cienega.”

Mountain View will travel to face the 2-1 Cienega Bobcats on Friday.

Salpointe will travel to Marana (0-3) 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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