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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 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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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