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Putting their past behind them, the Mountain View Toros are rushing into the postseason after a one-year hiatus with a little momentum.
Mountain View senior Weston Birtcher reflects as he gets patted on the head by Wolves after the game the Toros lost Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Mountain View. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Mark Andrews isn't like most high school receivers in Arizona, not at 6-foot-6 with his speed and agility. But even though the Desert Mountain junior receiver didn't play football until his freshman year, he, like a majority of wideouts, never caught a Hail Mary pass before.
Some will call it a statement game. Or say that Mountain View is “back.” It's either the resurgence of a once-storied program or some such cliché.
The accolades from a state championship berth are starting to roll in for Mountain Pointe.
There was the usual residue a bad loss left behind, but Red Mountain won't panic, re-invent its wheels or other extremes.
In 2011, the storied Mountain View football program finished 4-6, the worst mark in school history.
Outlook: The Mountain View football program is not back to the powerhouse it was in the 1980s and 1990s, and with the way the landscape has changed, it may never get there. However, for the first time in a decade, the Toros seem to be trending in an upward direction, back to where playoff berths are a formality and a postseason run expected.
A collection of top East Valley performances from Week 10:
Red Mountain at Desert Ridge
Weston Birtcher, Mountain View: He needed only 10 carries to reach 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Toros’ first win of the season.
Another test passed with flying colors for young Desert Ridge and possibly more questions for Mountain View after only week two.
It took Mountain View until the second quarter to find a spark in their offense, but once it did, Skyline couldn't answer.
Two plays was all it took to put the brakes on Mountain View's otherwise-relentless night.
Mountain View Toros
Don’t look now, but Mountain View might be ready to make some noise once again in the East Valley.
Batten down the hatches. Send the dog outside. Find a babysitter. Order the pizza early. Power down the phones.
Someday, the talent pool will dry up enough and the Chandler High girls track program will be challenged for state supremacy. That day, however, is not in the immediate future.
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