NORCROSS — After hanging tough during the last few weeks with little to show for it, the Mountain View Bears (2-6) scored early and often to defeat the Meadowcreek Mustangs (1-7) by the score of 49-13 on Friday night.
“We came out fairly fast but we had to adjust to some of the things they were doing defensively,” said Mountain View head coach Doug Giacone. “They had a few people out last week so we were not sure who would be starting for them tonight. We did make the adjustments as we have great bunch of kids who work their rears off for us. I think the kids are starting to believe in themselves and that is a great thing to see.”
Mountain View scored on its second play from scrimmage as Nick Harris broke loose and scampered 72 yards for the game’s opening score with 11:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bears’ next possession resulted in a touchdown as Crew Peery scored from 9 yards out to cap a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The drive was highlighted by the tough running of Harris and passing of Peery. Mountain View increased their lead to 14-0 at the 6:47 mark of the first quarter.
The Mustangs fought back to get on the board as Kortez Towles sprinted 10 yards for a touchdown. The drive included a fake punt on fourth down as Towles connected with Laquan Johnson on a 43-yard pass play. Following the PAT the Mustangs trailed 14-7 with 4:17 left in the first quarter.
The Mountain View defense rose to the occasion on the Mustangs’ next possession as Jordan Jones recovered a fumble on the Meadowcreek 14-yard line. Isaiah Peek capped a 3 play drive with a 2 yard TD run to push the Mountain View lead to 21-7 at the 11:26 mark of the second quarter.
The Bears’ defense again stepped up as they recovered a Mustang incomplete pass which was ruled to be a backward lateral on the Meadowcreek 32-yard line. Peery connected with Mark Adams on a 25-yard TD pass to increase the Mountain View lead with 9:06 remaining in the second quarter.
Mountain View scored again late in the second quarter as Bryce McCloud caught a 24-yard TD pass from Peery.
The Bears’ special teams got involved on the opening kickoff of the second half as they forced a fumble at the Meadowcreek 19-yard line, which was recovered by Kielan Whitner. Peery then hit Whitner on a 19-yard TD pass to increase the Bears’ lead to 42-7 with 11:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The Peery-to-Whitner connection was not finished as they connected one more time for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Following the PAT the Bears led 49-7 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
The Mustangs refused to quit as Ryan Moore scored on a 20-yard TD run that capped a 74-yard drive late in the third quarter.
“Tonight we stopped making mistakes and giving up the big plays we have been doing the past few weeks,” Giacone said. “We have real tough game with North Gwinnett next week but great challenges provide great opportunities.”
Peery was 9 of 16 for 126 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears passing attack. Kielan Whitner was the leading receiver with four catches for 110 yards. Nick Harris also contributed with 116 yards on only 9 carries. Ryan Moore led the Mustangs with 165 yards on 21 carries.
Mountain View 14 21 14 0 - 49
Meadowcreek 7 0 6 0 - 13
Mountain View: Nick Harris 72 run (Jeff Hollingsworth kick) 11:30
Mountain View: Crew Peery 9 run (Hollingsworth kick) 6:47
Meadowcreek: Kortez Towles 10 run (Jesse Romero kick) 4:17
Mountain View: Isaiah Peek 2 run (Hollingsworth kick) 11:26
Mountain View: Mark Adams 25 pass from Crew Peery (Hollingsworth kick) 9:06
Mountain View: Bryce McCloud 24 pass from Peery (Hollingsworth kick) 5:49
Mountain View: Kielan Whitner 19 pass from Peery (Hollingsworth kick) 11:46
Mountain View: Whitner 62 pass from Peery (Hollingsworth kick) 5:40
Meadow Creek: Ryan Moore 20 run (failed PAT) 2:53