Outlook: This is a matchup of the East Valley Region’s lone unbeaten teams after two weeks of region play.
Red Mountain coach Jim Jones claims winning the region isn’t as important as securing a playoff spot, but both would be accomplished by winning the rest of the way. With the Mountain Lions having never won a region title outright in their history, whoever wins tonight is in the driver’s seat for the title.
Red Mountain has knocked off the middle teams in the region (Dobson and Mesa) the last two games by cranking up its running game and playing good defense as its done throughout the year. Mountain View has done the same with the bottom teams in the region, Skyline and Westwood, winning by a combined score of 79-7.
Red Mountain has not run the ball well against top teams Hamilton and Chandler. If the Mountain Lions fail in that effort this evening, the Toros, winners of six consecutive games, will have an edge with a strong defensive front and pass rush led by defensive linemen Ridge Nielsen and Andy Centner. Junior David Perkins has connected on some big plays in the last six quarters since taking over as Red Mountain’s quarterback vs. Dobson in Week 5. He may be called on to produce more of the same if the Mountain Lions are to prevail and score enough to subdue the Toros. Mountain View has won 15 of 17 meetings between the schools.
Red Mountain at Mountain View
Address: 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa
Records: Red Mountain 5-2, 2-0; Mountain View 6-1, 2-0
Last year’s meeting: Mountain View 15, Red Mountain 13