Staff Photo: John Bohn Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis (5) rushes for a gain during the first quarter of Friday's game against Mountain View.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- With Peachtree Ridge running back Walden Davis out Friday with an injury, the Lions had to turn more to Jordan Ellis to get their ground game going. The junior responded with a huge game.
Ellis had 27 rushes for 207 yards and three touchdowns to lead Peachtree Ridge past Mountain View 34-12.
"I've got two good backs," Peachtree Ridge coach Mark Fleetwood said. "I felt good with Jordan in there. He's run the ball. He's had a couple of good nights in the year, maybe not like this. But I knew he could do it. I really did."
The Lions' victory and Friday's loss by Mill Creek to Norcross puts both teams at 3-2 in Region 7-AAAAAA and tied for the fourth playoff spot.
In the first quarter, Mountain View (2-4, 1-3 region) looked to be in good shape. On Peachtree Ridge's first drive, William Tuider picked off a pass from Lions quarterback Bryson Sellers at the Bears' 37-yard line with 7:18 left in the opening quarter.
After moving across midfield, Mountain View was faced with third-and-2. Bears quarterback Chris Bartlett dropped back and found Tuider down the field at least 10 yards from any defenders. Tuider caught the pass and ran into the end zone for a touchdown. A failed extra point kept the score at 6-0 Bears.
Peachtree Ridge responded with a 66-yard kickoff return by Myron Burton. The Bears' Alim Grant caught Burton from behind and made the tackle at the Mountain View 24. A couple of penalties pushed the Lions back, and Connor Rouleau missed a 37-yard field goal.
Ellis began to make his mark in the second quarter.
Beginning at the Lions' 39, Ellis ran the ball six times for 66 yards, including a seven-yard score. Rouleau connected on the kick for a 7-6 lead the Lions wouldn't give up.
Late in the first half, Ellis led Peachtree Ridge (3-4, 3-2 Region 7-AAAAAA) from its own 38 to the 15 with less than 20 seconds on the clock. Rouleau punched a 32-yard field goal through the uprights, and the Lions led at halftime 10-6.
"It feels good (to come through)," Ellis said. "We started out slow, but our offensive line kept pushing and we finally broke one. I've got to give all credit to my offensive line."
The Lions started to put Mountain View away after the Bears failed to recover a high, short kickoff that allowed Peachtree Ridge to start at its own 35. Ellis ran the ball 10 times for 59 yards on the drive, finishing it off with an eight-yard TD run with 7:32 to go for a 17-6 lead.
Ellis scored again in the third quarter on a 41-yard run to finish off his night and put his team up 24-6.
Trevor Campbell came off the bench and rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries, including a 46-yard score with 9:59 to go in the game.
Mountain View's Marvin Elam, who was held to 11 yards on five carries, put a spark in the home team on the ensuing kickoff. The senior returned ran through the coverage and past the final defender, scampering 96 yards for a touchdown. Another failed extra point kept the score at 31-12 with 9:43 to go.
The Bears again tried to short pooch kickoff but failed to recover. After driving to the Mountain View 19, Rouleau put a 36-yard field goal through for the final score of the night and a 34-12 lead.
"Our kids played hard tonight, and I commend them on that," Mountain View coach Doug Giacone said. "They gave everything they had for four quarters. We kept it close in the first half, and we were only down 10-6 (at halftime).
"We were able to make a couple of big plays on both sides of the ball, but we've got to learn to piece some plays and drives together on both sides of the ball and move it from quarter to quarter and half to half."