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Mt. View Falls Short at Maranatha

The Vikings Jonathan Silva (#25) looks from while getting a block from Alfred Martinez (#15). photo by Doug Brown

by Joe Torosian

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The first ever meeting between the Mountain View Vikings and Maranatha Minutemen came down to two halves of football. The first where the Vikings were late in arriving, and the second when they came back only to fall short in a 23-20 loss on Friday night.

The Minutemen took a 17-0 lead and dominated through most of two quarters before Mt. View began to hit back.

“We knew something that a lot people didn’t know,” said Maranatha head coach Jude Oliva. “That’s a heck of a ball club. They run that shotgun double wing so well and we knew we had to capitalize on some things early if not they were going to chew up the clock like they did in that second half.”

Down three scores just before halftime the Vikings responded with a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cris Cervantes to make it 17-6 at the break. Even that was erased early in the third quarter when Minutemen running back Baile McDavid scored on a 7-yard run to make the score 23-7

“We made some adjustments in the second half,” said Mt. View head coach Victor Ambruso. “They came out in the first and did good job of game planning against us. They saw what we did defensively and flat out just beat us in the first half. In the second half we came out with a little more fire.”

On their next possession Vikings quarterback Cervantes moved his team down field. Highlighted by a 24-yard completion to Max Gonzalez. Moments later Jose Moreno crashed in from a yard out. Cervantes converted the two-point play and it was 23-14.

After the Mt. View defense forced a three and out the ball was back in Cervantes hands. However, with less than a minute to play in the third, Cervantes was stripped of the ball and Maranatha recovered.

The Vikings got the ball back at their 35 with 8:57 to play in the game. Covering 65 yards in six minutes, Cervantes passed the ball three times, put it in the hands of Moreno twice, and carried it seven times before Moreno again scored from a yard out. The point after was blocked but the score was now 23-20.

Mt. View’s Josh Martinez recovered the onside kick at the 50-yard line, but three plays later the ball was lost on a fumble.

Cervantes led the Vikings offense with 17 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also completed four of five passes for 53 yards.

Mt. View is now 3-2 and open league play next Friday at Rosemead.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Mt. View Falls Short at Maranatha