With most of their key players back from last year’s 7-3 team, the Mountain View Bears expect to be very good again in 2016.
They certainly played that way in their opener, rolling past Harlan 30-0 on Tuesday at Green Dragon Field.
Zach Parker, who returns after a strong seventh-grade season, completed five of seven passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Mountain View also featured a strong ground game led by Connor Hollin and Preston Spurlock. Hollins ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on only four carries. Spurlock added 35 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Alex Farler provided the big-play threat again at receiver as he had two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. Hollin added two catches for 58 yards. Trenton Day had one catch for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Spurlock led the Mountain View defense with 16 tackles.
Harlan picked up 107 yards on the ground, led by Ethan Clem with 49 yards and Connor Scearse with 39. Juan Bynum gained 18 yards and Austin Sergent added one.
Britt Lawson led the Harlan defense with four tackle sand a fumble recovery. Jeremiah Mills also had four tackles. Clem, Ethan Shepherd and Austin Sergent contributed two tackles each.
Mountain View (1-0) plays host to Evarts on Tuesday. Harlan (0-1) travels to Evarts on Aug. 18.
Harlan rolled to a 38-0 win in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Donovan Monanaro ran for 145 yards to lead the Dragons, scoring two touchdowns and adding a pair of two-point conversions.
Triston West ran for 32 yards with one touchdown a pair of two-point conversions.
Ethan Truitt ran for 43 yards and a touchdown. Mason Bowling added 36 yards and a touchdown.
Tayquan Vick added a two-point conversion.
Joseph Shepherd led the Harlan defense with three tackles. Kyler McLendon, Noah Kirby and Landon Phillips added two tackles each.
With three Redskins scoring on touchdown runs and the defense holding Pineville out of the end zone, Cumberland rolled to an 18-0 season-opening win Tuesday in seventh- and eighth-grade football action at Pineville.
Tyler Flanary opened the scoring for the visiting Redskins by running 25 yards with 5:55 left in the opening period.
Nathan Shepherd recovered a fumble to set up the second Cumberland touchdown, a 95-yard run by Josh Swanner with 3:36 left in the second quarter.
Joshua Whitehead ran through several Pineville defenders for a 30-yard touchdown with 5:07 left in the game.
A Swanner interception in the final minute preserved the shutout.
Cumberland (1-0) plays host to Lynn Camp on Thursday.
The Cumberland fifth- and sixth-grade team opened its season with a 22-0 win.
Jonah Swanner’s 20-yard pass to Kris Cornett set up the first Cumberland touchdown, a 7-yard run by Darius Akal. Cornett added the two-point conversion.
Trey Craig recovered a fumble for the Redskins to stop a Pineville drive.
Swanner went 8 yards for a touchdown with 8 seconds left in the first half as the lead grew to 14-0.
Braxton Jarvis added a fumble recovery to end the half.
Dionta Long went 12 yards for a touchdown with 3:39 left in the game. Swanner added the two-point conversion.
Cornett had an interception and a fumble recovery in the final two minutes to preserve the shutout.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134