Mountain View looks to clinch a share of Class 3A GSHL title

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

Thunder can wrap up No. 1 playoff seed with win against Prairie

Mountain View Thunder (5-2, 3-0 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
Week 7: Mountain View 56, Fort Vancouver 0

Next: vs. Prairie, 7 p.m. Friday at District Stadium in Battle Ground

The Thunder did what it had to do last week, taking care of business while preparing for what they hope are bigger and better things.

Mountain View quarterback Glen Perry Jr. (3) had another standout performance in last week’s Thunder victory over Fort Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mountain View quarterback Glen Perry Jr. (3) had another standout performance in last week’s Thunder victory over Fort Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz

A tough game plan:

Yes, we all knew Mountain View was going to win this one, but that does not make it easier on the coaches and players involved.

Mountain View hopes to have a long season, way past the regular season. The Thunder did not want to lose any momentum in a game they knew they were going to win. So they did work on some things.

At the same time, it is tough to get emotionally up for a game like this. Fort Vancouver, which has not won a league game since 2013, was not going to get a win against the Thunder. And the Thunder knew it.

Best thing here is to play the game, display good sportsmanship, and hope everyone on both teams get out of there healthy.

Couple sweet plays by the QB:

Not going to highlight too many plays from this one, but I did take note of these two gems:
Mountain View quarterback Glen Perry Jr. threw a perfect dart for a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Hall in the first quarter. This was not some breakdown by the defense allowing a receiver wide open. This was not missed tackles which allowed the Thunder to break free.

Nope, this was a quarterback who saw a sliver of an opening, and then taking advantage.

Hall ran his route and was in between four Fort Vancouver Trappers when Perry delivered the ball for a touchdown.

Later in the half, Perry scored on a 9-yard TD run. He was hit initially at the 6-yard line. Another defender tried to wrap him up at the 5-yard line. Perry kept going toward the goal line. At the 2-yard line, two more Trappers seemingly had him. Nope, Perry kept moving his legs, spun, then twisted his body one last time to stretch the ball over the line for a touchdown.

Weeks 8 and 9:

Simple math for the Thunder: Win out and win the league title outright. Win one game and be assured of at least a tie for the league title.
A stumble against Prairie or Evergreen could mean a tiebreaker for the top seed but still a league title for the Thunder. Going into Week 8, Mountain View is the lone undefeated team in league play.

Coach Speak:

Who stood out for the Thunder according to coach Adam Mathieson? “Tyrell Hall caught two TD passes in the first half. He had a wonderful week of practice, on both varsity offense and scout offense, and his efforts showed on Thursday night. I am very proud of his steady improvement and commitment to the program. He is a wonderful young man, and it was a great senior night for him.”

Thoughts on Week 8 vs. Prairie: “Tough match-up,’’ Mathieson said. “They definitely present some conflicts for us; we need to have a very focused week of preparation.”

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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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