LAWRENCEVILLE - In its first year of varsity football, Mountain View ended the season with an impressive closing act.
Running back Dadriane Smith ran wild as the Bears (9-1) shutout Archer 34-0 Friday night in Lawrenceville.
The Bears won nine of their 10 games, ending the season on a four-game winning streak.
"Tonight was sort of a culmination of the entire year," Mountain View head coach Tim Hardy said. "The thing that made me most excited was that you could see how much we've improved."
Smith got the first score of the game on a 48-yard touchdown run up the middle putting Mountain View up 7-0. Smith was not done however as he turned the opening quarter into his own personal highlight reel.
Following a quick Archer possession, Smith took the hand off and dodged one defender and sprinted down the field for a 75-yard touchdown run to give his team a 14-0 lead. Smith rushed for 145 yards as Mountain View took control of the game.
"I'm so proud of Dee and the way he has developed this year. He is an explosive player." Hardy said.
Archer, on the other hand, found yards hard to come by as the Tigers could only muster 34 total yards in the opening half. Trailing by 14, Archer would put Mountain View in great position following a fumble deep in its own territory.
The ensuing possession ended in a one-yard run by quarterback Charlie Brower that put Mountain View up 20-0. Another Archer turnover would result in Smith's third touchdown run just before the end of the half.
Archer continued to struggle in the second half as Mountain View looked determined to stop any Tiger attempt at points. Archer moved the ball to the Mountain View 20-yard line before failing to convert a fourth down attempt. Archer mustered just 27 yards on the ground and 67 total yards of offense.
Smith, a senior playing in his final game for Mountain View, capped the scoring with an easy four-yard run in the third to give the Bears the final margin of victory. Smith ended his career with a 206 yards rush with four touchdowns on Senior Night.
"So proud of the opportunities (Smith) has gotten and what he has done with those opportunities." Hardy said.
The big win leaves a great taste in the mouth of the Bears and its coach. Mountain View won a close game over Archer 29-22 earlier this season.
"It was our best effort of the year and when you are playing a season you want your last game to be your best game." Hardy said.