GOODYEAR – It was a thrilling night on the pitch until the bells rang for Mountain View, which dropped a close one tonight against the Millennium Tigers on the road. While most teams would feel disappointed after a 23-20 loss, the Mountain Lions take a whole different view after the game.
“You know, it’s one of those things, everyone talks about it, but the reality is you just have to go through the process… It’s going to take a while and we’re going to get better every day. Admit our mistakes, as coaches and as players, and get better, ”Mountain View head coach Matt johnson noted.
Mountain View opened the game with a touchdown on the first disc. second-year quarterback Will howell was able to find seniors Dillon arvayo for a 15 yard touchdown, followed by a good extra point attempt from Nikolas Kornacki to put the Mountain Lions in the lead with just under eight minutes left in the first quarter.
After a good defensive save in Millennium’s first practice, the Tigers managed to counter, closing the first quarter to even things out. It was a 17-yard sophomore touchdown Zues Pinder, which would end up terrorizing the defense most of the night.
With only seconds remaining at halftime, a field goal gave Millennium the 10-7 advantage.
Millennium received the ball to open the second half and made good use of possession. After falling about four minutes late, Pinder scored another for a touchdown, this one of five, to bring the score to 17-7.
Things looked promising for the Mountain Lions on the next drive, but a monstrous junior interception Shahid Wilson sent their defense back to the field again.
“We say to everyone, ‘There is nothing wrong with making a mistake, there is a problem with repeating a mistake.’ So I said to our sophomore quarterback, ‘Hey guess what, you’ll never make that mistake again.’ It was just a foot too low and about a step too late. He had the right thing, the right eyes, his feet were good, he was just learning to do it a little faster, ”Johnson said.
After the interception, the Tigers struggled to capitalize on turnover, ultimately deciding to kick the ball, but a fumble on the snap would send the ball into the end zone. Senior Austin Osterkorn was immediately on it, do whatever is necessary to make the play and secure the ball for a touchdown.
“I was really wondering if I should just hit him or jump on the ball. So I just decided to go get it, see what happened, and barely caught the ball out of the corner of my eye. So I just jumped on it and the next thing I knew was there were only five of my teammates around to congratulate me, ”said Osterkorn.
The kick was good, bringing the score to 17-14 with 3:09 left in the third.
In the Tigers’ next practice, the Mountain Lion defense put in a murderous effort, forcing them to settle for a field goal in the second game of the fourth quarter to bring the score to 20-14 with 11:43 left.
Unfortunately for The View’s offense, it was a quick three and out, allowing the Tigers to get back on the pitch and take the time. After taking off six and a half minutes, Millennium registered another basket, ultimately securing the victory.
Despite the fact that time was running out quickly and a comeback was unlikely, there was never a team abandonment. Down 9 with around 2:50 left, the Mountain Lions knew it would be a long shot.
Time continued to pass, and even when it became apparent that there would be no time for a comeback victory, the Mountain Lions continued to look like they were playing and playing. really have fun doing it. With just two seconds remaining in the game, the second-year quarterback managed to smack the ball and finish off a tough corner pass for a touchdown beautifully as play continued to unfold after the final bell sounded. , making his way to the end.
“I think we are a great team. We’ve always been a kind of ‘grind’ team, so I think that’s exactly what we’ve shown here tonight. Millennium was ranked very high in the state, but that just shows that even though we’re not really ranked that high, with a little wit, we can come in here and bang that ass, ”Osterkorn said.
“I said to everyone who would listen to me, ‘We know we’re going to end this season as a great team.’ It’s just (a matter of) how long is it going to take us to get there? It’s watching a movie, competing against great teams, and I don’t know how many losses, but I know we’re going to end the season as a great team, ”Johnson said.
Howell had another solid night, completing nine of his 13 passing attempts for around 175 yards and one interception. It was the Mountain Lions’ running game that struggled in the game as they only walked about 70 yards overnight.
Howell’s performance against Millennium attests to the fact that his performance last week against Sahuaro was no fluke, where he made his first 15 consecutive passing attempts of the game. While he might not have had such a strong evening, he faced a much tougher defense than last week.
“I’m super excited to see where he’s going. I love this guy to death. He seems like the kind of guy that Salpointe would choose, but he seems really attached to Mountain View, ”Osterkorn said.
“He has a bright future. He’s really growing up, ”Johnson said.
During the game, the coaching staff remained calm and collected, and it showed how the players were on the pitch. After the game Johnson told his players that they continued to improve every week and that there was a lot to look forward to.
“We are optimistic. We know we have a really tough glove here. We go from Millennium to Notre Dame Prep, from Notre Dame Prep to Cienega, so we know it’s tough, but we’re excited about the energy of our kids. We are excited about their improvement, ”Johnson said.
Brittany Bowyer is a freelance journalist who started her career as an intern for a small sports website in 2015. Since then, she has obtained her Masters in Sports Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and is at his fourth year of coverage. different levels of sports on a wide variety of platforms in Arizona. You can follow her on twitter @ bbowyer07