It's a whole new start for Mountain View football under first-year coach Justin Argraves.
The Mountain Lions defeated cross-district rival Marana 35-0 last Friday, using a powerful running game to handle the Tigers.
Weston Kimmel rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, adding to the Mountain Lions' sum of 221 yards on the ground. Kimmel also caught three balls for 24 yards.
After starting quarterback Marcos McMillon left with a knee injury, sophomore Cris Thorson responded by completing five out of eight passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 68 yards and a touchdown.
"It's the best (offensive) line I've had," Kimmel said. "We executed, competed and finished."
Kimmel opened the scoring with an 11-yard run in the first. Chris Delgado kicked the extra point.
Later, Dillon Davidson blocked a Marana punt, and Aries Hyman came up with the ball in the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
"The block was a bad snap," said Marana coach Anthony Coronado.
Aaron Noel ran 29 yards for another touchdown to make it 21-0 with just over two minutes left in the half. Noel finished with 49 yards on four carries.
The Mountain Lions opened up the passing game on their final series of the first half. Thorson connected with Hyman on a 33-yard pass to Marana's 20-yard line. Two plays later, Thorson found Rayvean Moore for an 18-yard touchdown pass and a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Mountain View defense did its share to earn the shutout win. The Mountain Lions held the Tigers to negative yards rushing and four first downs.
"We played well," Argraves said. "Cecil (Fuentes) and Aaron (Noel) had really good games. Our sophomore quarterback (Thorson) played a good game."
The Tigers have work to do after losing their first two games.
"We didn't show up to play," said Tanner Morse, who led Marana with 27 yards rushing.
"We had blown coverages," Morse said. "Missed assignments. We just didn't compete."
Offensively, quarterback Addin Soto was 10 of 17 for 40 yards. Eric Gibbs caught four passes for 24 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers were consistent enough to hold Mountain View's offense to 10 first downs.
"We stopped a lot of (their) plays," Morse said. "The plays they scored on were big plays."
Coronado expressed some of his concerns after the loss.
"We have to get better at tackling," Coronado said. "We didn't do what we need to do."
It wasn't all doom and gloom, though.
"They kept fighting. We'll watch film. We'll find the bright spots."
"There are a lot of things we need to improve on," Argraves said. "We've got a young team."
Mountain View was called for 10 penalties.
"We need to cut down on penalties, mental problems, and make overall improvement."
Kimmel sees this week's win as a building block.
"Over the summer, we worked. Aries Hyman is really good. Our line has turned it up. I feel we can make the playoffs."
This Friday, Mountain View hosts Red Mountain, while Marana travels to Cholla.
CDO, Ridge claim victories
Canyon Del Oro 49, Santa Rita 6
The Dorados (2-0) destroyed Santa Rita 49-6, taking a 35-0 lead after one quarter.
Jason McBrayer completed three of his four passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 58 yards and broke a 42-yard run for a touchdown.
Blake Martinez caught two passes for 52 yards, both for touchdowns. Ka'Deem Carey had 82 yards on eight carries, but was slowed by an ankle injury. Coach Dustin Peace said he should be good to go later this week.
Eddie Smith carried five times for 33 yards. The Dorados gained 210 yards rushing.
Quinton Kime had one touchdown run, one touchdown catch, and one defensive interception.
Tilghman Harvey continued his bid for a kicking scholarship, going 7-7 on extra points, and all eight of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. Additionally, he averaged 40 yards a kick on two punts.
The Dorados travel to Tucson this Friday.
Ironwood Ridge 41, Mesa Skyline 14
The Nighthawks (1-1) won at Skyline, with senior quarterback Tyler D'Amore completing 21 of 29 passes for 215 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.
Trevor Wesley had a breakout game with seven catches for 116 yards and two TDs. Wesley also had six runs for 39 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Tyler Williams caught five passes for 33 yards.
Mitch Fischer followed up his near-200 yard rushing performance vs. CDO with 63 yards on 10 carries and a rushing touchdown. He also caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown reception.
The Nighthawks host Chavez Friday night.
Northwest Christian 35, Pusch Ridge 3
For the second year in a row, the Lions (0-1) opened their season with a loss to powerful Northwest Christian.
Tyler Goodwillie broke in as the new quarterback by completing seven of his 13 passes for 58 yards. Chad Springetti kicked a 47-yard field goal.
On the defensive side, Samuel Dunn had a big game, forcing two fumbles. Coach Bob Vance said Dunn's job was to contain, and he never let anyone get outside.
"We didn't get our first scrimmage," Vance said. "We're a little bit behind last year."
This Friday, the Lions travel to Phoenix Christian.