Mountain View football marches to reunion victory – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Behind the steadfast leadership of quarterback Aaron Baumann, Mountain View slipped past Greeley Central 23-9 at Ray Patterson Field on Friday night. The victory gave new Mountain Lions head coach Steve Frye his first victory after a 0-2 start.
It was the Lions defense that gained momentum as they leaned for purple at the start of their comeback game. Linebacker Ethan Renker was almost everywhere and helped force a three-and-out Greeley Central in his first practice.
“Ethan is a tough player and he’s going to give you all he has,” Frye said.
In his first practice, Mountain View scored only his second touchdown of the year on a Baumann goalkeeper. The two-point conversion was missed, but the Lions led 6-0.
After facing two talented teams at Silver Creek and Loveland to start the season, Frye said those experiences only helped the Lions. For Baumann, the difficult start was additional motivation.
“I think we came with a chip in the shoulder,” Baumann said. “I think we went in a bit crazy. But I think it’s good. We’ve cleaned up the little things and that’s what happens when you get in a little angry.
Greeley Central, who fell to 0-3, threatened to score midway through the second quarter after converting both a fourth and 2 and a fourth and 7 in a practice. However, Lions senior Dylan Goode had other plans and intercepted a pass in the middle. Frye said keeping the energy in was key and the big game certainly helped.
But on the ride that followed, the Mountain View kicking unit missed a snap that went in and out of the Lions’ own end zone for safety.
Perhaps the most exciting play of the first half came late in the second quarter when Mountain View regained possession near the midfield. Baumann returned the ball to Bergen Roth and continued to spin down the sideline. The running QB was, of course, wide open and caught Roth’s pass for a gain of about 40 yards. Mountain View couldn’t recover the last few yards, however, and Frye picked a placement and a 9-2 lead at halftime.
“Bergen (Roth) threw a good ball; he’s a youngster who stepped up and made a huge game for us, ”Baumann said of the second year. “It was huge for us to get three (points) before half-time as well.”
At the end of the third quarter, Izaiah Grado caught a screen pass near the numbers. He then escaped a tackle and ran about 10 yards into the end zone.
The Wildcats scared Frye in the fourth quarter. A rushed touchdown with just over seven minutes to go reduced the Lions’ lead to seven. With the help of a long reception from Grado, Mountain View regained some comfort and the possible 23- lead. 9 when Baumann found Jake Walker for a score of 6 yards.
Baumann’s second touchdown pass of the night added to an already special night for the senior.
“He’s been a leader for us from day one,” Frye said. “I’ve been around him since he was in second year and he hasn’t done anything other than lead this team. I’m very, very proud of him and this football team that we were able to do on a homecoming party for the seniors.
Now posting a 1-2 record, Mountain View will host Greeley West on Thursday.