Mountain View’s overtime victory lifts Thunder to top spot in league standings

ClarkCountyToday.com reviews Mountain View’s Week 1 rout over Ferris and looks at the Week 2 matchup for the Thunder vs. Union.

Victory puts Thunder in driver’s seat for Class 3A Greater St. Helens League title

Mountain View Thunder (4-2, 2-0 3A GSHL)

Week 1: Mountain View 34, Ferris 7

Week 2: Union 26, Mountain View 21

Week 3: Mountain View 55, Battle Ground 22

Week 4: Skyview 49, Mountain View 22

Week 5: Mountain View 38, Hudson’s Bay 25

Week 6: Mountain View 29, Kelso 23, OT

Next: vs. Fort Vancouver, 4:30 p.m. Thursday at McKenzie Stadium

Mountain View takes control of 3A GSHL with overtime victory in Week 6.

Mountain View receiver Makai Anderson (14), shown here in a game earlier this season against Battle Ground, caught three touchdown passes to help the Thunder defeat Kelso last week. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mountain View receiver Makai Anderson (14), shown here in a game earlier this season against Battle Ground, caught three touchdown passes to help the Thunder defeat Kelso last week. Photo by Mike Schultz

Start at the end:

Overtime did not last too long. Kelso had the ball for three plays. Mountain View needed just one.

After a gain of six yards on first down, Kelso was whistled for a 5-yard penalty. On second down, a run to the right was thwarted by the Mountain View defense. Believe it was Phillip Earnhardt who got past his blocker and made his way to the ball carrier. He didn’t make the tackle, but forced the runner to cut back into the Mountain View defense where Alex Hegel and Andrew Gulliford were there to stop the play for a 2-yard gain.

The next play, Mitchell Delmage intercepted a pass, giving the Thunder an opportunity to win it.

The Thunder did just that.

Glen Perry Jr. had already throw two touchdown passes to Makai Anderson. Might as well go for the trifecta. And in all three TD passes, the ball was thrown high, allowing Anderson to outjump his defender to get the ball.

Touchdown Thunder to make it 2-0 Thunder in league play.

Pressure was on the Thunder:

Mountain View led this game 23-7 but Kelso scored two touchdowns with two 2-point conversions to tie it in the second half. Kelso was in position to score even more points, but the Mountain View defense came up with some clutch plays long before overtime.

In the second half, there was an solid open field tackle by Gulliford on a fourth-down play.

Next Kelso drive, the Hilanders made it to the 1-yard line. Hegel slowed down a third-down play behind the line of scrimmage, allowing Tyler Black to come in to make the tackle.

On fourth down, it was a case of the Thunder knowing their assignments. Hegel was responsible for the quarterback, so Hegel crushed the QB, forcing the QB to pitch it on the option probably a little earlier than he wanted. Gulliford’s responsibility was the pitch man, and Gulliford easily got past his blocker then made the tackle for a loss of downs.

Kelso would get two more fourth-quarter opportunities to score. Earnhardt intercepted one pass and he knocked down a pass near the end zone on the final play of regulation.

Defense to offense:

Early in the game, Andrew Remlinger got a tackle and a forced fumble that was recovered by Payton Regas. On the ensuing Mountain View drive, Regas kept a drive going with a 15-yard reception in which he fought to keep his balance to get the exact yardage needed for a first down.

Mountain View would score on that drive.

What it means:
Mountain View has played two league games now and is the lone unbeaten team in league play. The Thunder take on winless Fort Vancouver in Week 7 before finishing the regular season with games against Prairie and Evergreen.

Coach Speak:
What did Adam Mathieson think of Mountain View’s Week 6 game? “It was a good game. Folks probably got their monies worth.”

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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