JOHNS CREEK - On a muggy night in Johns Creek, Mountain View did its own mugging in the fourth quarter to grab its fifth win of the season.
Mountain View (5-0) broke a close game wide open with 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Johns Creek 48-27 Friday night.
"This was a team win," Mountain View head coach Tim Hardy said. "... I was also excited that we did not turn the ball over. That was key."
However, Mountain View did turn the ball over to Dee Smith, who made the first of his many trips to the end zone with an explosive 27-yard run up the gut to give Mountain View a 7-0 edge.
Johns Creek rallied to go up 14-10, but Smith compiled 153 yards on the ground in the first half thanks to a 75-yard touchdown run which would put Mountain View back in front early in the second quarter.
"By far the best he has played all year," Hardy said of his running back.
Smith would capped off his spectacular second quarter with a 13-yard touchdown reception off of a screen pass from quarterback Charlie Brower.
Johns Creek punched it in late to cut the Mountain View advantage to 24-20 at the half, then went up 27-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Following a Johns Creek punt, Smith, who gained 237 yards on 23 carries, got back to work, emerging from a pile of Johns Creek defenders and scampering down the field for a 55-yard score.
The Mountain View defense stiffened and linebacker Matt Herman intercepted a Johns Creek pass, returning it to the Johns Creek 4-yard line. Smith ran it in from there to put Mountain View up by 14.
Smith added his sixth score of the game with a 5-yard run with a minute left in the game and cap off win No. 5 for unbeaten Mountain View.