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GAME OF SEPT. 1, 2016:

   
Centennial  
at Chaparral       



GAMES OF SEPT. 2, 2016:

   
Central  
at Dobson       

 

   
Mesa  
at Copper Canyon       

 

   
Mesa Mountain View     
at Corona del Sol       

 

   
Red Mountain  
at Hamilton       

 

   
Skyline  
at Valley Vista       

 

   
Westwood  
at Perry       

 

   
Basha  
at Desert Vista       

 

   
Westview  
at Brophy       

 

   
Pinnacle  
at Chandler       

 

   
Desert Ridge     
at Tucson       

 

   
Campo Verde  
at Gilbert       

 

   
Cesar Chavez  
at Highland       

 

   
La Joya  
at Alhambra       

 

   
Camelback  
at Maryvale       

 

   
North  
at South Mountain       

 

   
Trevor Browne  
at Carl Hayden       

 

   
Notre Dame  
at Desert Mountain       

 

   
Horizon  
at Paradise Valley       

 

   
Mountain Ridge  
at Deer Valley       

 

   
Southwest (CA)  
at Cibola       

 

   
Kofa  
at Antelope       

 

   
Marana Mountain View  
at Rincon       

 

   
Buena  
at Sunnyside       

 

   
Millennium  
at Verrado       

 

   
Agua Fria  
at Tolleson       

 

   
Mesquite  
at Apollo       

 

   
Queen Creek       
at Sahuaro       

 

   
Vista Grande  
at Sunnyslope       

 

   
Williams Field  
at Ironwood       

 

   
Douglas  
at Cholla       

 

   
Desert View  
at Maricopa       

 

   
Amphitheater  
at Flowing Wells       

 

   
Marana  
at McClintock       

 

   
Independence     
at Poston Butte       

 

   
Willow Canyon  
at Kellis       

 

   
Fairfax  
at Desert Edge       

 

   
Glendale  
at Palo Verde       

 

   
Cienega  
at Shadow Ridge       

 

   
Nogales  
at Ironwood Ridge       

 

   
Sierra Linda     
at Goldwater       

 

   
Mohave  
at Lake Havasu       

 

   
Arcadia  
at Liberty       

 

   
North Canyon  
at Shadow Mountain       

 

Week One: Mountain View 43 Valley Vista 21

Toros' passing game too much for Valley Vista

WEEKLY BLOG:  8/26/16

On a night where Mountain View honored its rich past, the Toros started the journey of a new era with a new head coach in a new season the same way many of their predecessors did - with a win.

But this wasn't your father's Mountain View Toros.  Or, for that matter, the teams that played under Jesse Parker from 1976-1994 that won four state titles.  New head coach Mike Fell brought the spread offense with him from Ohio and his new charges put it up 33 times (compared to 20 runs) with two different quarterbacks.

Seniors Wheeler Harris and Tristan Askan alternated series at quarterback throughout the game as Mountain View pulled away in the third quarter in a 43-21 triumph over Valley Vista in a 6A non-region game at Toro Stadium and newly-named Jesse Parker Field.

Harris and Askan combined for 22 completions and 336 yards through the air and each had a pair of touchdown passes.

"They're just both good and they're going to have their opportunities," Fell said.

The visitors from Surprise got on the board first on their initial possession.  Senior Reyes Lara connected with Vodrey Gates across the middle.  Gates appeared to be down, but rolled over the Mountain View defender and, with no whistle being blown, kept running to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

But that lead was short lived, because just 88 seconds later, Harris (who started), found senior Coleman Hagar wide open coming across the middle of the end zone.  Harris was 3-of-4 passing in the series for 67 yards.  It would be a sign of things to come.

Late in the first quarter, the Toros capitalized on an interception of Lara by safety Matthew Schoonmaker.  Starting at the Monsoon 31, Harris completed a pass to Arizona State-commit Curtis Hodges to the 2-yard line, where Orion Baker punched it through the middle for a lead that MVHS would hold the rest of the night.

Valley Vista prevented the Toros from scoring the next time as junior Christian Alvarado had the first of his two fumble recoveries in the game.  But, with VVHS starting out in the shadows of its own end zone, and unable to run the football, junior cornerback Tate Allen wrapped up the running back for a safety to end the first quarter at 16-7.

Hodges was instrumental in setting up Mountain View's next score as well following the ensuing free kick.  A catch on a pass from Wheeler, and his run afterwards, placed the Toros inside the 10 once again.  Mountain View drew closer, and for the second time in the half, Baker scored as the Toros went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

Valley Vista (0-1) was able to hang around and stopped the Toros on downs at the 9-yard line.  The Monsoon put together a lengthy six-minute, 14-play drive that ended with Lara hanging a pass up for senior receiver Ben Collier, who hauled it in for a 23-yard score closing the gap to 22-14 at the half.

It was during the intermission, after a performance from the Mountain View marching band, that all eight of the previous title-winning Toro teams took the field with a banner celebrating their accomplishments.  Members of the '78, '83, '86, '93, '96, '97, '99, and '02 teams were on hand for the festivities.  Parker, the head coach when Mountain View opened in 1976, and the sideline boss for the first four of those championships, then cut the ceremonial ribbon as the school honored him with the naming of the field.

On the stat sheet, Mountain View had just six yards rushing in the first half.  Fell sought out to change that when the Toros took the ball for the second half.

A couple of runs moved the chains, but a 25-yard pass from Wheeler to a wide open Hodges, extended the lead for Mountain View (1-0) to 29-14.  The Toros covered 75 yards in just five plays.

"Opening drive, second half has been our bad MO for the last two years," Valley Vista head coach Josh Sekoch said.  "(Hodges) is a matchup nightmare."

After stopping the Monsoon with a three-and-out, it was Askan's turn once again behind center.  Just like Wheeler, he found the tall (6-foot-8) Hodges with a pass, and after the VVHS defender missed the tackle, Hodges was gone for a 37-yard score.  Hodges finished the game with seven catches for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"I just caught the ball and turned around," Hodges said.  "He was going for my legs and I just broke out of it and kept going."

Meanwhile, with the offense clicking, the defense played stronger in the second half.  Valley Vista had a first-and-goal situation midway through the fourth quarter, but the Toro goal-line D was up to the task.  A sack by Preston Wright was followed by the Monsoon's sixth consecutive incomplete pass and Valley Vista turned it over on downs at the 5.

Askan marched the Toros down the field one more time and finished the 95-yard drive with a 37-yard pass to senior receiver Frank Estadt.  Valley Vista added a touchdown in the final minute on a second scoring pass from Lara to Gates, but it was too little, too late.

Mountain View showed it has receiving depth beyond Hodges.  Senior Ben Novak had nine receptions for 99 yards.

"I thought we left a couple of scores on the table," Fell said.  "Overall, I thought we hit and everybody played hard."

Valley Vista came into the game with varsity experience among nine of its 11 starters.  But, it was the other side of the ball that had the Monsoon chasing.

"It was nice to have everybody back on offense, but we graduated every linebacker," Sekoch said.  "Their tempo caught us a little bit."

Further compounding the depth issue in the middle of the defense, the Monsoon lost linebacker Bruce Brown with an torn ACL.  Brown, who plays the Sam-linebacker spot, was carted off the field.

Next week, Valley Vista plays another team from Mesa as Skyline (2-0) will travel northwest.  The Coyotes' offense is the opposite of Mountain View's, though.  Skyline will come in ready to ground and pound.

"We wanted to have two tough games to start the year before we compete for a region title with Westview and Millennium," Sekoch said.

Fell, in his first game coaching in the state of Arizona, was impressed with the caliber of play and the support that was shown to the past and present tradition at MVHS.

"I wasn't real sure what to expect," Fell said.  "I loved the atmosphere.  I'm very proud to be a coach at Mountain View and bringing back a man to get his name in the end zone."

For the players that endured a 3-8 campaign last year, this win will only further their support of the new sideline leader.

"Everybody really loves him," Hodges said of Fell.  "We're believing in his system and the 'W' proves that what he's doing is working."

While it's been 14 years since the Toros' last title, and seven years since Mountain View's last playoff victory, the current batch of players is well aware of the legendary past at the school.

"I'm glad I picked this school," Askan said.  "Forty years of winning and carrying on excellence."

Mountain View plays at Corona del Sol (1-1) next Friday.  After that, the schedule gets very difficult.  In successive weeks, the Toros will play Pinnacle, Mountain Pointe, Brophy, and Skyline.

 

Toros 43, Monsoon 21
  1 2 3 4 F
Valley Vista  7 7  0 7 21
Mountain View 16 6 14 7 43

 

First Quarter:
VV - Vodrey Gates 49 yard pass from Reyes Lara (Isaiah Harris kick), 9:04
MV - Coleman Hagar 14 yard pass from Wheeler Harris (Kevin Ryan kick), 7:36
MV - Orion Baker 2 yard run (Ryan kick), 2:28
MV - Safety. RB tackled in end zone by Tate Allen, 0:00
Second Quarter:
MV - Baker 1 yard run (kick failed), 10:27
VV - Ben Collier 23 yard pass from Lara (Harris kick), 2:07
Third Quarter:
MV - Curtis Hodges 25 yard pass from Harris (Ryan kick), 9:53
MV - Hodges 37 yard pass from Tristan Askan (Ryan kick), 5:18
Fourth Quarter:
MV - Frank Estadt 37 yard pass from Askan (Ryan kick), 3:42
VV - Gates 6 yard pass from Lara (Harris kick), 0:21

PHOTO CAPTION:  Mountain View wide receiver Curtis Hodges is clear of the defender and about to haul in a pass in Friday's 43-21 win over Valley Vista.  With the win, the Toros are now 28-13 all-time in openers.  Hodges had seven receptions for 158 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns.  He has verbally committed to play at Arizona State University.

 

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GRIDIRON ARIZONA POWER POINTS - 2016

(not the AIA ones)

6A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points Week 2 Game           
1. Mesa Mountain View East Valley 1-0 105.0000 @ Corona del Sol
2. Maryvale Metro 1-0   80.0000 vs. Camelback
2. Westview Southwest 1-0   80.0000 @ Brophy
4. Dobson East Valley 1-0   75.0000 vs. Central
5. Perry Premier 2-0   72.5000 vs. Westwood
5. Brophy Premier 2-0   72.5000 vs. Westview
5. Hamilton Premier 2-0   72.5000 vs. Red Mountain
8. Alhambra Metro 1-0   70.0000 vs. La Joya
9. Skyline East Valley 2-0   67.5000 @ Valley Vista
10. Tucson Southern 2-0   65.0000 vs. Desert Ridge
10. Mountain Pointe Central 2-0   65.0000 Bye
12. Horizon Desert Valley 2-0   62.5000 @ Paradise Valley
13. Kofa Southern 2-0   60.0000 @ Antelope
14. Desert Vista Central 0-1   55.0000 vs. Basha
15. Chandler Premier 1-1   52.5000 vs. Pinnacle
15. Pinnacle Desert Valley 1-1   52.5000 @ Chandler
17. Millennium Southwest 0-1   50.0000 @ Verrado
17. Desert Ridge Central 0-1   50.0000 @ Tucson
17. Gilbert Central 0-1   50.0000 vs. Campo Verde
17. Highland Central 1-1   50.0000 vs. Cesar Chavez
17. Red Mountain East Valley 0-1   50.0000 @ Hamilton
22. O'Connor Desert Valley 1-1   47.5000 Bye
23. Cesar Chavez Metro 0-1   45.0000 @ Highland
23. Boulder Creek Desert Valley 1-1   45.0000 Bye
23. Westwood East Valley 1-1   45.0000 @ Perry
26. Cibola Southern 1-1   42.5000 vs. Southwest (CA)
26. Corona del Sol Central 1-1   42.5000 vs. Mesa Mountain View
26. Mesa East Valley 1-1   42.5000 @ Copper Canyon
26. Sunnyside Southern 1-1   42.5000 vs. Buena
30. Mountain Ridge Desert Valley 0-1   40.0000 @ Deer Valley
30. North Metro 0-1   40.0000 @ South Mountain
32. Central Metro 0-1   35.0000 @ Dobson
32. Desert Mountain Desert Valley 0-1   35.0000 vs. Notre Dame
34. Valley Vista Southwest 0-1   30.0000 vs. Skyline
35. Basha Premier 0-2   25.0000 @ Desert Vista
35. Copper Canyon Southwest 0-1   25.0000 vs. Mesa
35. Tolleson Southwest 0-1   25.0000 vs. Agua Fria
38. La Joya Southwest 0-1   20.0000 @ Alhambra
39. Rincon Southern 0-2   15.0000 vs. Marana Mountain View
39. Trevor Browne Metro 0-2   15.0000 @ Carl Hayden


The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be placed in a bracket according to the final power points.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  The first official update won't come until after Week 5.  For the first few weeks of the season, we'll bring back the old 2009 formula just to give people an idea of where the teams stand.

 

5A CONFERENCE
  School Section         Record Power Points Week 2 Game       
1. Glendale Union 1-0 95.0000 @ Palo Verde
2. Cienega Southern 1-0 90.0000 @ Shadow Ridge
3. Desert View Sonoran 1-0 85.0000 @ Maricopa
4. Flowing Wells Sonoran 1-0 80.0000 vs. Amphitheater
4. Kellis Metro 1-0 80.0000 vs. Willow Canyon
6. McClintock Metro 1-0 75.0000 vs. Marana
6. Poston Butte Sonoran 1-0 75.0000 vs. Independence
8. Desert Edge Desert West 2-0 72.5000 vs. Fairfax
8. Mesquite San Tan 2-0 72.5000 @ Apollo
10. Williams Field San Tan 2-0 70.0000 @ Ironwood
11. Maricopa Metro 2-0 67.5000 vs. Desert View
11. Campo Verde San Tan 2-0 67.5000 @ Gilbert
13. Fairfax Union 2-0 65.0000 @ Desert Edge
13. Ironwood Ridge Southern 2-0 65.0000 vs. Nogales
15. North Canyon Northeast Valley 2-0 62.5000 @ Shadow Mountain
15. Verrado Desert West 2-0 62.5000 vs. Millennium
17. Ironwood Metro 0-1 55.0000 vs. Williams Field
17. Vista Grande San Tan 0-1 55.0000 @ Sunnyslope
19. Queen Creek San Tan 1-1 52.5000 @ Sahuaro
20. Marana Mountain View Southern 0-1 50.0000 @ Rincon
21. Agua Fria Desert West 1-1 45.0000 @ Tolleson
21. Independence Union 0-1 45.0000 @ Poston Butte
23. South Mountain Union 1-1 42.5000 vs. North
23. Centennial Northwest 1-1 42.5000 @ Chaparral
25. Camelback Union 1-1 40.0000 @ Maryvale
25. Lake Havasu Desert West 0-1 40.0000 vs. Mohave
25. Chaparral Northeast Valley 0-1 40.0000 vs. Centennial
25. Cholla Sonoran 0-1 40.0000 vs. Douglas
25. Deer Valley Desert West 0-1 40.0000 vs. Mountain Ridge
25. Notre Dame Northeast Valley 1-1 40.0000 @ Desert Mountain
31. Apollo Metro 0-1 35.0000 vs. Mesquite
31. Carl Hayden Union 0-1 35.0000 vs. Trevor Browne
31. Sahuaro Southern 0-1 35.0000 vs. Queen Creek
31. Sunnyslope Metro 0-1 35.0000 vs. Vista Grande
31. Willow Canyon Northwest 1-1 35.0000 @ Kellis
31. Sierra Linda Northwest 0-1 35.0000 @ Goldwater
37. Liberty Northwest 0-1 30.0000 vs. Arcadia
38. Buena Southern 0-2 22.5000 @ Sunnyside
38. Goldwater Desert West 0-2 22.5000 vs. Sierra Linda
38. Paradise Valley Northeast Valley 0-2 22.5000 vs. Horizon
41. Arcadia Northeast Valley 0-2 20.0000 @ Liberty
41. Marana Sonoran 0-2 20.0000 @ McClintock
43. Shadow Ridge Northwest 0-2 17.5000 vs. Cienega


The top team from each section based on section record is guaranteed one of the 16 playoff berths.  These 16 teams will be placed in a bracket according to the final power points.

The AIA works with Maxpreps in devising the power points formula.  The first official update won't come until after Week 5.  For the first few weeks of the season, we'll bring back the old 2009 formula just to give people an idea of where the teams stand.

 

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