Mt. View v. Deer Valley

Mt. View came out with a strong ground game to show they are ready to compete despite their graduation losses.



My season kicked off by heading out to Peoria to watch Deer Valley and Mt. View. I wanted to see what the Toros had to replace all of those players they lost. I was also curious to see what Deer Valley looked like with the athletes they have coming back.


I heard a few days ago that rumored starting QB Dante Sellers was going to split reps as he was nursing an injury. Junior Pearce Swerdfeger got the start and took all of the reps.


Neither team was able to get much going during their first few series. Let's chalk that up to first game jitters. A few bad punts by Deer Valley put Mt View in good field position towards the end of the 1st quarter and they capitalized when new QB Alex Harris hooked up with Justin Beatty on a 32 yard pass that put the Toros inside the 10 yard line. A few plays later Harris dove in for the first score of the night. PAT was good. Mt View 7 Deer Valley 0.


On the next possession the Skyhawks looked like they would answer when Swerdfeger hit WR Jimmy Goad on an intermediate pass, a penalty put DV near the Toro 30 but the drive stalled. Mt View added to their lead on the next possession. Harris hit Ron Taylor deep over the middle for a 39 yard gain. The Toros ran the same play early in the 1st but the pass was over thrown but Harris was right on the money this time. Mt View then got back to the Mt View we all know and love and lined up in a power I and starting eating away yardage. They pounded their way down at 4-5 yards per carry and made the score 14-0 when Ernie Perea plunged in from 4 yards out.


It didn't get much better for DV on the next series. With time winding down and the Skyhawks in punt formation, the snap sailed over punter Alfred Bowden's head and Bowden kicked the ball out of the back of the endzone for a Toro safety and a 16-0 lead headed into halftime.


The 2nd half started off just as poorly as the first ended for DV. On the first play from scrimmage, RB Gary Bresnahan took the ball and scampered 75 yards to make it 23-0 Mt View early in the third.


The rest of the game was pretty much dominated by the Mt View running attack. Harris and Perena ate up huge chinks of yards and more importantly ate up the clock. Each added a score in the 3rd with Harris going 53 yards to paydirt for his second score of the night and Perea got his second score when he went in from 22 yards out. At the end of three it was Mt View 37 Deer Valley 0


The fourth quarter was much of the same. Deer Valley still struggled to get their offense going and Mt View just continued to eat up clock running the ball. DV finally got on the board with just under 5 minutes to go when safety Bryce Cooper recovered a fumble and took it 70 yards to the house. The game would end with the Toros on top 37-7.




Mt View looks like they found some decent replacements for the Nielson twins. Harris and Perea looked solid and Mt View showed that they are typical Mt View, they reload every year when people count them out. They will do what they do and play hard football with undersized guys and eat up yards and clock and control the tempo of the game.


Deer Valley needs to regroup. They have some athletes and were bigger and more athletic then the Toros. They struggled a bit with some penalties and will have to stop the run. They struggled to move the ball and gave Mt View good field position on sevral occasions and gave up quite a few big runs. 


Game Balls


Mt View had to have close to 300 yards rushing. I will give this one to the guys up front and to Harris and Perea who each had two scores.


I will give it DV safety Bryce Cooper. He played hard, had a few decent runs and some nice kick off returns, not mention the lobe score for the Skyhawks.

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