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Mountain Lions need to roar

Team’s offense needs help to beat top-ranking teams in state

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

The Mountain View Mountain Lions (3-2) are learning that the road through Salpointe, Cienega, and Ironwood Ridge is not to be treaded lightly.

Salpointe is ranked 12th in Arizona, Cienega 11th, and Ironwood Ridge is 10th overall. The week before, Salpointe defeated Mountain View easily.

Many rank Cienega’s Bobcats as the No. 1 team in Southern Arizona, and the team’s prowess showed as the Bobcats easily defeated the Mountain Lions last Friday at Mountain View, 31-3.

This week, Mountain View will face Tucson. However, on Oct. 7, the Mountain Lions will face off against another powerhouse opponent, Ironwood Ridge.

Cienega’s Manny Vera proved himself to be a real game changer as he rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

“Their running game is so much better than ours,” said Mountain View coach Larry Branson.

A team total of 55 yards rushing won’t get it done.

But in fairness, the Mountain Lions have been battling with injured players.

“With injuries, we’re playing without a fullback or a tight end,” Branson said.

Fullback Marcos Mcmillon was shifted to playing defense because of injuries, while Cecil Fuentes was moved back to his natural linebacker position.

“I don’t mind filling in,” Fuentes said. “We were not intimidated this week. We did good against Manny (Vera) last year.”

Fuentes had a couple of tackles for losses, and the defense did hold the Bobcats to just 7 points in the first half.

Considering that the Bobcats had been averaging 46 points a game, the defense has to take some pride in their efforts.

Vera broke off a 35-yard run in the second quarter to get the Bobcats offense moving. Two plays later, he had a highlight-reel run in which he crisscrossed across both sides of the field and went 37 yards for a touchdown, and a 7-3 Bobcats’ lead.

Devon McPeek’s interception at the end of the first half helped the Mountain View defense hold the fort.

“McPeek did a good job defensively,” Branson said.

The Bobcats scored on their first possession of the second half. A 34-yard pass completion moved the ball down to the Mountain Lions’ 3-yard line, before Vera scored to make it 14-3.

The Mountain Lions’ defense held tough after a blocked punt set up Cienega at Mountain View’s 15-yard line. The Bobcats were forced to settle for a 47-yard field goal by Jason Cox.

But after that, the Mountain Lions’ offense promptly gave the ball away, as Cienega’s Dino Eidson grabbed an interception. Two plays later, Vera ran it in for a 20-yard touchdown, and an insurmountable 24-3 lead.

It may have all seemed so easy when the Mountain Lions rolled to three straight victories to start the season. Even after their loss to Salpointe, they still found themselves ranked seventh in Southern Arizona.

Mountain View’s biggest Achilles heel seems to be its offense, as the team gained just 78 yards and netted just four first downs.

Next, the Mountain Lions hope to regroup for homecoming night against Tucson at 7 p.m. this Friday. The Badgers are coached by Justin Argraves, Mountain View’s coach in 2010.

“Next week is homecoming,” Fuentes said last Friday. “Our old coach is coming back. We have to win homecoming.”

The Mountain Lions need to avoid falling to 3-3 after their surprising 3-0 start. Their coach is confident his players can do it.

“We’re not done yet,” Branson said. “Now we have to win the next two.”

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  • Rush11 posted at 5:48 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    Rush11 Posts: 1

    Their running game may not have been that much better if you had played your best running back instead of the coaches kid. Just like at had Lantaue (spl) and Robinson, but instead you went with the coaches kid....and fumbles ensued.


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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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