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Mountain View falls to 3-5

Mountain Lions lose fifth game, continue to struggle

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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:00 am

The Mountain View Mountain Lions lost their fifth straight game Friday night, following a second-half meltdown against Catalina Foothills in high school football.

The Mountain Lions started the game strong with the defense forcing a quick fumble to give the offense a good starting position.

In the first offensive drive, quarterback Cris Thorson came out firing, hitting Jerry Teague in the end zone for a 23-yard score.

With the extra point, the Mountain Lions took a quick 7-0 lead with 7:24 left in the first quarter.

Offenses for both teams struggled throughout the first half.

It was the Mountain Lions’ defense that stood out to start the game.

The Mountain Lions had three turnovers in the first half, including two Zach Henschell interceptions.

Before halftime, the Mountain Lions had two opportunities to put points on the board, but failed to convert on the Henschell interceptions.

In the second half, Catalina Foothills erased the first-half mistakes on offense and started moving the ball.

After having a 43-yard touchdown called back on a personal foul, Falcons’ quarterback Alyn Fletcher found Michael Dehen for the 29-yard touchdown.

The missed extra point allowed the Mountain Lions to hang on to a 7-6 lead with 6:20 left in the third quarter.

Thorson threw an interception, giving Catalina Foothills another opportunity as time ticked down in the third.

The Falcons took advantage, kicking a field goal to make the score 9-7 with 11:56 left in the game.

With dropped passes, turnovers and no running game, the Mountain Lions struggled the entire second half.

After Thorson threw his second interception of the game, Catalina Foothills increased the lead.

Fletcher threw the ball to receiver Matt Lai. Mountain View’s Devon McPeek made a play on the ball, but Lai came down with it. Lai landed in the end zone to give Catalina Foothills a 16-7 lead with 7:20 left in the game.

Catalina Foothills extended their lead when Fletcher took the ball into the end zone to take the 22-7 victory.

With two games left in the season, Mountain View is now 3-5.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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