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Mountain View nearly reaches perfection in playoff victory

Thunder post a 42-0 shutout over Squalicum to advance in state Class 3A football playoffs

VANCOUVER — The Mountain View Thunder had their priorities in order Saturday night at McKenzie Stadium.

The state football playoffs?The seeding? Any thoughts at just how far this team could go this postseason? None of those things mattered.

Mountain View defenders Kobe Anderson (51) and Thai Hindman (59) bring down Squalicum quarterback Spencer Lloyd (10) during Friday’s state playoff game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defense led the way in the 42-0 shutout victory, which sends Mountain View into the state quarterfinals next week. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mountain View defenders Kobe Anderson (51) and Thai Hindman (59) bring down Squalicum quarterback Spencer Lloyd (10) during Friday’s state playoff game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defense led the way in the 42-0 shutout victory, which sends Mountain View into the state quarterfinals next week. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Thunder executed a near flawless plan so they could hang out together at least another week. That’s the main goal. Just keep this team together.

“This is huge. It’s just about getting to go to practice on Monday,” quarterback Garrett Moen said. “We love practice and we love film and getting everything down and then going out on Fridays to take care of business.”

Or in this case, Saturday.

Whatever works, right?

Mountain View worked to near perfection in the first half and ended up with a 42-0 win over Squalicum in the opening round of the WIAA Class 3A state football playoffs.The Thunder will host Rainier Beach next week in the quarterfinals at McKenzie Stadium. Day and time to be determined.

Moen threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two, Jack Mertens had a 100-yard rushing game, and the Mountain View defense forced five turnovers in the shutout.

“It just feels so great,” linebacker Kobe Anderson said. “We haven’t gone past this round the last two years. It feels special. We are a top program in the state. We just have to dial in.”

Mountain View receiver Michael Bolds (8) makes a sideline catch in the first half of Friday’s state playoff game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defeated Squalicum 42-0 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mountain View receiver Michael Bolds (8) makes a sideline catch in the first half of Friday’s state playoff game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defeated Squalicum 42-0 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Photo by Mike Schultz

Anderson, Michael Bolds, and Phillip Earnhardt had interceptions for the Thunder.

“We were flying around, making hits, locking down receivers,” Bolds said. “Our main focus was their running. We needed to stop that. I think we did.”

Oh yes. Squalicum rushed for more than 550 yards last week. Against Mountain View, the Storm managed just 93 yards on the ground.

“The linebackers and d-line did a great job rallying to the ball,” Bolds said.

“We reached our goal,” Anderson said. “We didn’t want them to get much with their running game. We had to stop their main play, and we did.”

Mountain View also recovered two fumbles.

The Thunder offense capitalized on all five of those turnovers with touchdowns, spreading the ball around, spreading the love around.

“The reality is we are pretty balanced on offense. We’ve got a really good group of players,” Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said. “Where are they, and where are they not? The coaching staff does a great job of finding where there is an advantage. And the kids are executing at a high level.”

Mertens had a 41-yard run on the first drive of the game, capped by a 1-yard TD run by Moen.

Makai Anderson had back-to-back catches on the second drive, the second coming on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Moen.

Moen made it 21-0 early in the second quarter. A Moen-to-Mertens 31-yard pass set up that score.

Mertens cashed in from 2 yards out after Bolds intercepted a Storm pass and returned it to the 9-yard line.

Then came the drive that truly showcased Mountain View’s dominance. Phillip Earnhardt started it with an interception on defense at the Mountain View 4-yard line. From there, the Thunder went 96 yards on nine plays to go up 35-0. There was a 26-yard pass to Bolds, and then a 29-yard pass to Rodolfo Montiel. Later, it was Earnhardt finishing the drive with a 15-yard TD pass from Moen.

Mountain View defensive back Jordan Cook (21) celebrates after recovering a fumble in Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defense posted a 42-0 shutout. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mountain View defensive back Jordan Cook (21) celebrates after recovering a fumble in Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. The Thunder defense posted a 42-0 shutout. Photo by Mike Schultz

Up 35-0 at the half, the Thunder did not relax.

“Everyone came in said it was zero-zero,” Moen said. “Keep going. Keep playing. At the end of the game, we’ll look up at the scoreboard.”

Things were going so well for Mountain View, the Thunder even scored by accident.

Moen acknowledged he was intending to throw the ball to Earnhardt, but he threw too hard. The ball skipped off a hand and into the arms of Makai Anderson, who broke free for a 63-yard score, turning this game into a running clock.

In all, Mountain View recorded 415 yards of offense, with 309 in the first half.

“I have to give it up to my O-line, the guys up front, the Hoggies,” Moen said.

The Hoggies. The receivers. The backs. The defensive players. The guys supporting from the sideline. They all get at least another week together.

“I love these kids,” Mathieson said. “My day job is OK. I like my day job as the athletic director. But it’s special being with these kids after school. It’s neat to keep playing.”


MOUNTAIN VIEW 42, SQUALICUM 0

Squalicum 0 0 0 0 — 0

Mtn. View 14 21 0 7 — 42

First quarter

MV — Garrett Moen 1 run (Aiden Hargrove kick)

MV — Makai Anderson 9 pass from Moen (Hargrove kick)

Second quarter

MV — Moen 1 run (Hargrove kick)

MV — Jack Mertens 2 run (Hargrove kick)

MV — Phillip Earnhardt 15 pass from Moen (Hargrove kick)

Fourth quarter

MV — Anderson 63 pass from Moen (Hargrove kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING: Squalicum — Devonte Powell 5-17, Spencer Lloyd 17-66, Ben Schlenbaker 6-10, Dedrick Mitchell 3-4, Mason Lloyd 1-(minus 4). Mountain View — Mertens 12-110, Moen 11-40 Earnhardt 5-26, Tresean Foreman 3-16, Malikiah Batties 1-4, Kury Santiago 1-0, Xavier Mayo 1-(minus 2).

PASSING: Squalicum — Lloyd 17-29-2-177, Mitchell 0-1-1-0. Mountain View — Moen 12-14-0-221.

RECEIVING: Squalicum — Zach Tucker 2-31, Collin McEachran 5-29, Mitchell 6-84, Schlenbaker 1-12, Bryce Pennock 2-19, M. Lloyd 1-2. Mountain View — Michael Bolds 3-33 Anderson 5-110, Mertens 2-34, Rodolfo Montiel 1-29, Earnhardt 1-15.

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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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