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Mtn. View loses heartbreaker to Tucson High

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 3:00 am

The Mountain View Mountain Lions lost a heartbreaker to Tucson High last Friday night, as the Badgers won 13-10 in overtime.

It was an emotional game for the Mountain Lions as they faced former head coach Justin Argraves on the other side of the field. Argraves left Mountain View after one season for the head coaching position at Tucson High.

Mountain View quarterback Cris Thorson said while the team didn’t focus a lot on the reunion with former coach Argraves, there was a certain motivation aspect.

“Words can’t describe this loss,” said Thorson. “We loved (coach Argraves). We wanted to get out there tonight and show him what he’s missing out on.”

In the first quarter, the Badgers found some success running the stretch play with tailback Dre Williams.

In a three-play drive, Williams found the end zone from 11 yards out, giving the Badgers a 7-0 lead with 5:06 left in the first quarter, a lead they would carry into halftime.

After the half, the Mountain Lions’ offense showed some signs of life. On a key fourth down, Thorson kept the drive alive, connecting with Jerry Teague for a 6-yard pick up.

The Mountain Lions capitalized on the conversion with Thorson hitting Teague in the corner of the end zone for the 8-yard touchdown. The Mountain Lions tied the game at 7-7, with 4:53 left in the third quarter.

Both teams had opportunities in the fourth quarter but failed to find the end zone, sending the game into overtime.

With the game tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, the Mountain Lions were in familiar territory heading into overtime. In week two, the Mountain Lions had defeated Canyon Del Oro in overtime.

In Friday’s game, the Mountain Lions took the first shot. After three downs with no touchdown, Cody Rochon kicked a field goal on fourth down, giving Mountain View a 10-7 lead.

Tucson High got right to work on first down, with Williams running up the middle to score, winning the game 13-10.

Thorson said the defense had been holding the Badgers throughout the entire second half. After kicking the field goal, they expected Tucson High would do the same, and the game would go into double overtime.

Mountain View head coach Larry Branson agreed it was a tough loss for the Mountain Lions to swallow.

In addressing the team following the game, Branson said, “We took them into overtime. We held them scoreless in the second half. I hate losing to them. We now know we have a rivalry to look forward to.”

Despite the emotional loss, Branson stressed they played a good game, and will have to start focusing on the rest of the season.

After falling to 3-3, Branson said the Mountain Lions are going to have to fight to get into playoffs with some tough games ahead.

This week, the Mountain Lions will have a short week to prepare for one of the best teams in the region.

In a Division II, Section II contest, the Mountain Lions will go up against the Nighthawks atIronwood Ridge high school Thursday night starting at 7.

Ironwood Ridge will be looking to bounce back after losing to Centennial 21-7 on Friday. The loss marked the first in the season for the Nighthawks, who fell to 5-1.

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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)


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