MOUNTAIN VIEW — After stumbling out of the blocks against Evanston to open the season, the Mountain View High School football team has rattled off three straight wins in impressive fashion, proving that the road to the 2A state title still runs through the Bridger Valley.
The defending 2A state champion Buffalos made short work of Kemmerer (0-4, 0-3 in 2A West) in their most recent contest, using a balanced offense and a stifling defense to rout the Rangers 40-0 Saturday at Mountain View.
“We’re getting better, and I talk to the guys about this a lot – I think we’ve only scratched the surface of how good we can be,” said MVHS head coach Brent Walk Wednesday afternoon. “Penalties, mental errors – we still have to get that under control. But I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
The Buffalos jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, starting with a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Connor Micheli. Micheli would score again a short time later, after a blocked punt by teammate Hunter Meeks rolled into the end zone. Micheli pounced on the loose ball for the score, and the Buffalos were up 14-0.
Mountain View scored twice more in the second quarter, the first coming on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Micheli to Bryson Walker; the Buffalos led 20-0 after a missed extra point. Running back Braden Walker barreled in from six yards out on Mountain View’s next possession for the second score of the quarter; the two-point conversion was no good, and the Buffalos went into the half leading 26-0.
Walker and teammate Tanner Collins combined for 49 yards rushing in the first half, setting up both offensive touchdowns.
Micheli proved to be a dual threat under center against the Rangers, leading Mountain View with 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground; the talented junior also completed six of 12 pass attempts for 82 yards and a touchdown.
“Connor Micheli has really elevated his game at the quarterback spot,” Walk said. “That kid is 100% bought in, and he’s developing into a pretty dang good quarterback. He works extremely hard on the field, he had a great offseason. He also spends a ton of time studying defenses and reading coverages. I’m really excited about what he’s brought to the team.”
Bryson Walker was Micheli’s favorite target on the day, pulling in three balls for 51 yards and a score. Kolton Roitz, Schofield and Collins had one catch apiece for 21, seven and two yards, respectively.
Braden Walker finished with 47 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns, while Corbin Benedict added 37 yards. Wyatt Reese and Collins had 29 and 26 yards, respectively.