Mountain View's Keith Mayne (18)
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A week after its disappointing loss to Archer, Mountain View rebounded with a defensive effort that allowed a total of 129 yards en route to a 14-3 win over Pebblebrook.
The win marked the first in the career of head coach Doug Giacone, and gave the Bears (1-1) confidence heading into next week's game at Mill Creek.
"It's a good win for us," Giacone said. "We almost got the goose egg, but our defense still played great."
The defense made its presence felt early and often, getting sacks of 17 and 13 yards on the first two drives. Then, on fourth down of the second drive, William Tuider broke through the Pebblebrook punt protection, getting his hands on the ball for the block. Keith Mayne then scooped it up on the 10, running it in for the touchdown.
"Our special teams coach Garrett Granberg thought we could get one of those this week," Giacone. "So, I guess I have a prophet on my coaching staff."
The Bears continued to get pressure on the Falcons (0-2). A fumble recovery on the Falcons' 24-yard line was turned into a 24-yard touchdown run by running back Marvin Elam as time ran out in the first quarter. The extra point gave the Bears a 14-0 lead.
On Pebblebrook's ensuing possession, it fumbled the ball again, as Mountain View recovered. However, the Bears only went back on offense and were forced to punt.
In fact, both teams struggled the rest of the game as penalties and miscues on offense cost both teams first downs.
When Pebblebrook was driving midway through the fourth quarter, the Mountain View defense stepped up once again as Jarred Marshall intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the threat.
The Falcons did add a field goal with 25 seconds to go in the game, but it was too late as Mountain View recovered the onsides kick.
Elam finished the game with 64 yards on 18 carries to lead the Bears, while the defense held the Falcons to 11 yards rushing. The team also had to deal with 103 yards in penalties.
Pebblebrook got 118 yards passing from quarterback Dezmond Huntley, but four turnovers cost the Falcons any chance of winning.
As Giacone talked with his team, he was excited to say that the Bears went 3-0 in a football week for the first time in school history.
"We're a young school, but going 3-0 for the first time is a big thing for us," he said.
"Now, we turn our focus to Mill Creek next week. There are some things we need to improve on and we're going to try to go 1-0 next week."