The Mountain View Mountain Lions lost a heartbreaker to Tucson High Friday night, as the Badgers took the victory 13-10 in overtime.
With the game tied at 7 at the end of regulation, the Mountain Lions were in familiar territory headed into overtime. In week two, the Mountain Lions defeated Canyon Del Oro in overtime.
In Friday’s game, the Mountain Lions took the first shot. After three downs with no touchdown, Cody Rochon kicked a field goal on fourth down, giving Mountain View a 10-7 lead.
Tucson High got right to work on first down, with Dre Williams running up the middle to score, winning the game 13-10.
Quarterback Cris Thorson said the defense had been holding the Badgers throughout the entire second half, and after kicking the field goal, they expected Tucson High would do the same, and the game would go into double overtime.
It was an emotional loss for the Mountain Lions, who were facing former head coach Justin Argraves. Argraves left the Mountain Lions after only one season, taking the head coaching job at Tucson High.
Thorson said while the team didn’t focus a lot on the reunion with former coach Argraves, there was a certain motivation aspect. “Words can’t describe this loss,” said Thorson. “We loved (coach Argraves) we wanted to get out there tonight and show him what he’s missing out on.”
First year head coach Larry Branson agreed it was a tough loss for the Mountain Lions to swallow.
In addressing the team following the game, Branson said, “We took them into overtime. We held them scoreless in the second half. I hate losing to them. We now know we have a rivalry to look forward to.”
Despite the emotional loss, Branson stressed they played a good game, and will have to start focusing on the rest of the season.
After falling to 3-3, Branson said the Mountain Lions are going to have to fight to get into playoffs with some tough games ahead.
This week, the Mountain Lions will have a short week to prepare for one of the best teams in the region. The Mountain Lions will go up against Ironwood Ridge Thursday night. Ironwood Ridge will be looking to bounce back after losing to Centennial 21-7 on Friday.
The loss marked the first in the season for the Nighthawks, who fell to 5-1.
In other games throughout the region, Canyon Del Oro fell to 3-3 for the season, losing to Salpointe 21-12.
Marana lost to Flowing Wells 35-21.