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The Mountain View Mountain Lions have a new attitude. First-year head coach Justin Argraves has brought a new energy and discipline to a Mountain Lions team that struggled to a 3-7 record last year.
Justin Argraves may not be making the daily trek between Phoenix to Tucson any more, but he does intend to take Mountain View's football team to a place it hasn't been before.
Players from Northwest schools have earned berths on the 5A Southern all-region football team for 2009.
Fans in the stands during Mountain View's 12-3 loss to Salpointe Catholic last Friday could be excused for wondering if noted high-kicker Chuck Norris was doing the coaching.
Something unusual heard on the Marana football team's sideline as the squad headed to the locker room for halftime: "Hey coach, did we defer before kickoff?"
Mountain View senior running back Myles Williams is a workhorse, and he doesn't mind.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer,Mountain View running back Myles Williams looks for daylight in the 2nd quarter of the Mountain Lions' 20-7 victory over rival Marana on Monday afternoon. Williams ran for 138 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer,Mountain View running back Myles Williams and wide receiver Jeff Bollnow celebrate their 20-7 victory over intra-town rival Marana on Monday afternoon, as wideout Tyler Ramirez looks on.
Mountain View Hig School's football Lions endured "the week from hell," according to coach Paul Schmidt.
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Last season, a 4-1 Ironwood Ridge team on its way to the most successful season in school history met an undefeated Salpointe Catholic squad at home in mid-October.
The high school football gods weren't smiling on Marana last Friday.
Legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno once said of preparation and mental toughness, “The minute you think you’ve got it made, disaster is just around the corner.”
Last Friday, on a chilly Homecoming night where the students chosen as king and queen of Mountain View were awarded white roses, the Mountain Lion football team had only one color in mind: the blue helmets of the visiting Sunnyside Blue Devils.
Don Boorse/Special to the Explorer, Mountain View's Myles Williams gets blocking help from Denny Hawkins (40) and Jacob Pierce (55) during Friday night's game against Sunnyside.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, The Mountain Lions say they're just one degree away from boiling under new offensive and defensive schemes. Junior Myles Williams, seniors André Peterson, Alex Sigala, C.J. Evanson and Tim Barrow (from left) studied the playbooks all summer, and are ready to try out some new weapons.