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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mountain Lions plan to 'swarm' opponents

Coach reinvents team's offensive, defensive playbooks

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Steal a glance at any Mountain View player’s wrist, and you’ll spot a black wristband marked with the new team motif, “212° Delta Swarm.”

As senior cornerback Alex Sigala explains, it’s about water: “At 211 degrees, it’s really hot. But add that extra degree and it starts boiling.”

The Mountain Lions, keyed to that extra degree of effort, are swarming around second-year coach Paul Schmidt’s leadership, which took them to last year’s playoffs largely on graduated running back Dan Moore’s offensive stomp.

“You didn’t have to be a smart coach to figure out the ball was going to Danny,” Schmidt said.

To fill Moore’s shoes, Schmidt adopted an open-field spread attack that uses three interchangeable backs — and posts senior quarterback C.J. Evanson (6’1”, 185 pounds) as a leg-pedaling, quick-tossing fourth back when needed.

“I like it this way,” Evanson said. “It shows all the dimensions of the game, and I’m not categorized as much.”

In fact, as much as the Mountain Lions enjoyed having Moore on the field last year, they’d rather evolve and reinvent.

Senior linebacker André Peterson (5’10”, 205 pounds) says he’s convinced he can “carry this team.” Schimdt calls his positive, respectful style “a great role model for the kids.”

Peterson offered up a concise defensive Delta Swarm theory: “We’re going to be coming hard to the ball every down this year.”

That attitude heralds a brand-new defensive scheme that escorts the Mountain Lions’ new offense. With only one lineman returning, Schmidt figured it’s a great time to start clean.

Josh Carter — a 6’5”, 285-pound recruiting centerpiece whose talent draws scouts from San Diego and as far as Boise — said the Mountain Lions will acclimate to Schmidt’s vision just fine.

“All these kids have been in the grit and grime. We’ll go into battle with them,” the lineman said.

Mountain View High School

Region: 5A Southern II

Mascot: Monte the Mountain Lion

Colors: Black and silver

Coach profile

Paul Schmidt, second year

Record: 7-4

Previous: Mountain View defensive coordinator for 18 years

2007 record (7-4, 2-1)

Aug. 31 at Marcos de Niza L 43-14

Sept. 7 North L 35-32

Sept. 14 at Kofa 34-0

Sept. 20 at Tucson W 40-21

Sept. 28 Salpointe W 21-16

Oct. 5 Casa Grande W 49-20

Oct. 12 at Buena W 49-14

Oct. 19 at Sunnyside W 49-42

Oct. 26 Rincon W 35-7

Nov. 2 Ironwood Ridge L 30-0

Nov. 9 South Mountain L 34-13

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 Marcos de Niza    

Sept. 12 at North

Sept. 19 Kofa    

Sept. 26 Tucson

Oct. 3 at Salpointe Catholic

Oct. 10 at Casa Grande Union

Oct. 17 Buena    

Oct. 24 Sunnyside    

Oct. 31 at Rincon

Nov. 7 at Ironwood Ridge   

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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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