Mountain View opens postseason with home playoff game

ClarkCountyToday.com reviews Mountain View’s Week 1 rout over Ferris and looks at the Week 2 matchup for the Thunder vs. Union.Thunder to play host to Lake Washington Saturday at McKenzie Stadium

Mountain View Thunder (7-2, 5-0 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

Week 8: Mountain View 49, Prairie 10
Week 9: Mountain View 55, Evergreen 3
Next: Lake Washington vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium in state qualifier playoff.

Excellence extended:

Soon after Camas lost a league game for the first time since 2009, I was asked which team has the longest current league win streak in Clark County.

Two teams share that honor now, but Mountain View has an ace up its sleeve to possibly win this hand.

Mountain View’s win over Evergreen last week capped a 5-0 3A Greater St. Helens League record for the second year in a row. The Thunder also won their last league game of 2015, giving them 11 consecutive league wins.

Hockinson won its last five league games in 2016 plus went 6-0 this season for 11 league games in a row.

But wait, there’s more:

Mountain View has won 15 consecutive 3A GSHL football games. In 2014 and 2015, Mountain View was a 4A GSHL program. Mountain View went 5-0 in the 3A GSHL in 2013, too.

So, that would mean 11 league games in a row overall for the Thunder, but 15 in a row in the 3A GSHL.

Either way, that’s a lot of winning.

So we’ve got Mountain View and Hockinson tied (or kind of tied) and then it would be La Center in third. The Wildcats have won eight Trico League games in a row. Maybe nine if La Center counts a win in Week 9 of 2015 over Seton Catholic, but I don’t believe that was an official league game.

Twitter Game:

If you are not following Mountain View football on Twitter, it’s your loss. Whoever runs it has a great mix of information and fun. (Find it: @MVHSFootballTTT).

There is a Happy Halloween message:

There is a photo of the older players forming a tunnel, congratulating the freshmen for their season.

There is a photo of some of the Thunder players “on the road: to the Tacoma Dome:

And there is a photo of a photo player wearing a league championship belt:

Win over rival:

Mountain View completed its perfect league season in Week 9 with an easy win over Evergreen. A few highlights: Glen Perry Jr. rushed for more than 150 yards and ran for two touchdowns, plus he threw for a TD pass. Phillip Earnhardt returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Mountain View led 27-3 at the half and made it a running clock in the third quarter.

Next and beyond:

Lake Washington will head south to McKenzie Stadium to take on the 3A GSHL champs at 7 p.m. Saturday in a Class 3A state qualifier playoff. Winner advances to state. Loser is done.

If Thunder do advance they will be home in the first round of the state playoffs.

In fact, looking ahead, Mountain View would stay home throughout the playoffs should they keep winning, all the way, perhaps, to the semifinals. (Semifinal sites are not guaranteed to be at home stadiums, even for those teams on the bottom of the bracket. But likely the game would be played in Clark County or at least in a WIAA District 4 stadium.)

Lake Washington, like Mountain View, went 7-2 in the regular season. The two teams also have a common opponent. Lake Washington beat Kelso 30-6 and Mountain View beat Kelso 29-23 in overtime.

“We will be in for a big challenge,” Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said. “They have an impressive defensive line. They are really balanced.”

We'd love to hear your comments!

About The Author

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.

Related posts

Follow this blog

Get a daily email of all new posts.