How Will the Mustangs Respond?
When Mountain View lost at home to Rocky Mountain two weeks ago, they put themselves out of the conference championship race and also had their playoff hopes on hold. After a victory against Centennial last weekend parlayed with the upset of the year in the SIC by beating Eagle on Friday, the Mavericks are playing their best ball at the right time of the season.
There is no question the Mavericks are a team that prides themselves in stellar defensive play and it showed in the second half against Eagle on Friday night. Mountain View was up 17-16 at halftime and shut out the Mustangs in the second half in route to a 37-16 victory. Daniel Lau carried the load again for Mountain View rushing for 157 yards on 29 carries. With the team's confidence at an all time high, they will be traveling up north to take on the #1 team in the state in the Coeur D'Alene Vikings. It should be a classic showdown with the top offense in the state going up against arguably the toughest defense.
As far as Eagle is concerned, this loss might turn out to be a good thing. I am sure that Paul Peterson will have an intense week of practice planned for his squad as they are just three games away from winning the state championship. One advantage for the Mustangs is by virtue of Lewiston upsetting Post Falls on Friday, there will be a three-way Kansas tiebreaker tonight between Lake City, Post Falls and Lewiston. Regardless of who survives, they will only have a few days to prepare for Tanner Mangum and the high-flying Mustang offense on top of a long road trip.
Capital took care of business against Borah in a tight contest that knocked the Lions out of the playoffs. I am curious to see how Skyline will compete against Capital because if the Eagles blow out Skyline, then there will be a huge debate whether or not five teams should have gotten in the playoffs from the SIC rather than four. Lastly, Meridian put up 69 points on Vallivue to lock up the final playoff spot. Hayden Stout led the Warriors with 285 rushing yards and he will need to have a big game on Friday when Meridian plays #2 Highland at Holt Arena.