As of Friday, September 9, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View picked up its first win of the season behind a very strong rushing attack and a resilient defense Friday night. After weathering a solid offensive attack from Lanier in the first half, the Bears pulled away in the second half for a 34-17 victory.
"We needed to get that first win and we did it and I was pleased with the way the guys played." said Bears' head coach Tim Hardy.
The Longhorns (1-1) went three-and-out on its first possession but was able to move down the field behind the strong running of Donte Borders the rest of the half. Both times they were unable to get in the end zone after having first-and-goal. The first time they were inside the 1-yard line on second down and had a false start moving them back to just outside the Bears' five. Two incomplete passes later they settled for a 23-yard field goal by Gemosiah Vang. The next time they had first-and-goal at the 10 but two consecutive sacks by Tyler Bethune and an incomplete pass later, Vang set up from 36 yards out but was wide left.
"They drove the ball well but we kept them from scoring touchdowns which is obviously huge." said Hardy. "It was huge for us to get that score before halftime and build some positive things on offense and springboard off that in the second half."
Mountain View (1-2) took over with 2:33 to play in the half and marched 80 yards on eight plays highlighted by a 38-yard scramble by quarterback Chris Bartlett on third-and-10 from the 50. That set up a 16-yard touchdown strike to Tim Hill giving the Bears a 14-3 lead with just 13 seconds left in the half.
Mountain View scored 20 unanswered points in the second half before the Longhorns were finally able to get into the end zone on two long runs from Borders and Onyx Berrios but it was too late as the Bears had held Lanier to only 16 yards of offense in the third quarter and took advantage of an interception by Joshua Briggman to pull away. Briggman's pick was the only turnover of the game.
The Bears' rushing attack was led by Marvin Elam who had 117 yards on 14 carries and two TDs. Eddie West added 55 yards on 11 carries and also had a score. For Lanier, Borders rushed 23 times and had 134 yards and a TD.
"Tonight we took care of the football and we didn't turn it over a whole bunch and we really controlled the ball. That and the solid defense and keeping them out of the end zone is what enabled us to win the game." said Hardy.