For two high schools that are not close in proximity, Mountain View and Tucson High Magnet School have formed quite the rivalry. Mountain View won the most recent iteration of that gridiron faceoff last Friday when they downed the Badgers 42-20 at home.
It marked the fourth straight win for the Mountain Lions over the Badgers in a series that has become heated since Justin Argraves left Mountain View after one season as head coach to take the Tucson High job, leading to players transfer between the two schools over the years.
Tucson High survived a muffed punt to take the early lead. The Badgers had their ground game working on the first drive. Back-to-back six-yard runs by Daniel Salomon followed by 29-yard run by quarterback Jacob Campas, and the Badgers had the ball in the redzone.
Tucson High got down to the Mountain View six-yard line, but were forced to kick a field goal. The kick was good, but Mountain View was flagged for roughing the kicker, and on the next play Campas scored from 3 yards out.
Taking over near midfield at the start of the second quarter, the Mountain Lions had two long runs, which set up what appeared to be a 27-yard touchdown run by Edward Gastelum, however, a holding penalty by a wide receiver at the 7-yard line wiped out the score.
Instead of tying the game, the Mountain Lions had to wait one more play to find the endzone as Wyatt Adams scored on a 17-yard run.
Mountain View went up 14-7 on the next possession when quarterback Jose Alcala gained 24 yards on two carries, followed by Adams with 18 yards to cross midfield. Varney Larson took an inside handoff, gained about 10 yards and appeared to be stopped. He was able to keep his feet, and broke loose from the scrum and raced 41 yards for the score.
On the next possession, the Mountain Lions defensive matched the effort. Tucson High had tried a few backwards passes earlier in the game, and Mountain View’s Branden Devoy sniffed out a third. He jumped the pass, and tipped the lateral into the backfield. The ball bounded and was eventually recovered by Weston Aguilar at the Badger 35-yard line. Mountain View ended up punting, but on the next possession, Mountain View again started the drive near midfield. Larson broke of a 27-yard run, which set up Adams’ second score, a nine yard effort.
Mountain View padded the lead in their first possession of the second half, going up 28-7. After getting the ball at the Badger 41 following a fourth down stop, the Mountain Lions lost 9 yards on a fumble, but on the very next play Joshua Hart raced 47 yards for a touchdown.
A Devoy blocked punt set up another Mountain View score when Adams found the endzone from 28 yards out.
Although the Mountain Lions were dominant on defense, they finally gave up a second Badger score thanks to a fumble. The Mountain Lions coughed up the ball on their own 5-yard line and the Badgers took over, scoring two plays later to cut the lead to 35-14.
Another fumble led to a Mountain View punt and the Badgers kept the momentum. Jesus Montano broke a pair of arm tackles from defenders trying to strip the ball instead of knocking the ball carrier down, and Mantano raced 42 yards for the score.
Larsen would steal back the momentum for the Mountain Lions on the ensuing kickoff. The Badgers kicked the ball short and Larson ran under it, got some blocks and scooted 70 yards for the game’s final score.
“I looked up and saw I had some good block and took off for the end zone,” Larson said. “They did a great job making a hole for me.”
Mountain View moved to 3-1 on the season and will travel to Poston Butte Friday night.
North side football breakdown
Pusch Ridge over Sahuarita, 49-7
Pusch Ridge improved their record to 4-0 and set up a showdown with Catalina Foothills after beating Sahuarita 49-7.
Four Lion runners accounted for five of Pusch Ridge’s touchdowns, led by Ryan Garcia, who found the endzone twice. Matthew McLeod had 112 yards on just six carries, including a 51-yard score in the second half.
Dakota Haynes added a 61-yard touchdown run.
Although the Lions rushed for 435 yards, it was the defense that scored the first touchdown on the day. Jonathan Stanton recovered a fumble in the endzone to put the Lions on the scoreboard.
Canyon del Oro over Amphi, 69-8
Canyon del Oro scored 35 first quarter points and rolled to a 69-8 win over district rival Amphi.
Elijah Carey scored every other time he touched the ball, scoring three times on six carries, while amassing 101 yards. Not to be outdone, Adrian Maldonado scored on both of his carries.
As good as the Dorado offense was, it was the CDO defense that came to play. Amphi had as many turnovers as first downs, with CDO forcing six miscues.
Note: Both Marana and Ironwood Ridge had byes.