Marana and Mountain View square off in their “Battle for the Boot” rivalry game. The two teams both want MUSD bragging rights.
Mountain View Mountain Lions
Last Game: Lost to Liberty 57-20 in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs.
Last Year: 7-4, lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Peoria Liberty.
Last Meeting: Mountain View beat Marana 51-28 in the 2013 season opener.
Seniors Lost: 32
Last Game: Beat Flowing Wells 52-14 in the 2013 season finale.
Last Year: 5-5, missed postseason.
Last Meeting: Lost to Mountain View 51-28 in the 2013 season opener.
Seniors Lost: 19
Mountain View at a Glance: The Mountain Lions have found stability under third year coach Bam McRae. After a stretch of three coaches in three years, McRae and his staff have started to build “The View” into a consistent contender. The Mountain Lions look to return to the postseason for the third straight year.
The Lions lose a lot off of last year’s team. They must find replacements for quarterback Cody Rochon and running back Richie Estrada, as well as much of the beef from both lines. Overall, this team is much younger, but have had an overall upgrade in raw athleticism. Defense should again be a strength and they potentially have one of the best defensive backfields in southern Arizona.
Marana at a Glance: The Tigers just missed out on the playoff last year thanks to two tough road losses. In all honesty, the Tigers were two plays away from a seven-win season.
Like Mountain View, the Tigers must replace their quarterback and leading rusher, duel threat quarterback Ben Honea. Bruising runner Bradley Gonzales and a deep receiving corps will help out whoever winds up under center, but the loss of tight end Travis Howard also hurts. The Tigers have some experience and size up front, but need to replace some key performers at linebacker.
The Game at a Glance: This is a rivalry game and one that has been a bit heated in recent years. Mountain View has not lost since the rivalry renewed in 2009. A win would be huge for a Tigers team that wants to take the program to the next level and make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Mountain View has lofty goals as well and cannot afford a slip-up against a D III opponent. With so many young players and first time varsity starters, the nerves could be high and whoever capitalizes on mistakes could earn the win.