Auburn Mountainview 17, Lakes 0
The Lions beat No. 9 Lakes Friday night, 17-0, to continue their best-ever start at 6-0 and improve to 4-0 in SPSL 3A.
Seattle Times staff reporter
AUBURN – The season of firsts continues for the Auburn Mountainview football team. The Lions beat No. 9 Lakes Friday night, 17-0, to continue their best-ever start at 6-0 and improve to 4-0 in SPSL 3A.
Let the good times roll
There haven’t been a lot of reasons to celebrate football at Mountainview since the school opened in 2005. The Lions have enjoyed only two winning seasons, both 6-4, and have never qualified for the official state playoffs.
Last year’s team finished just 3-7.
But there’s a new vibe with this year’s team, led by junior quarterback Gresch Jensen, and the Lions are playing with a renewed confidence, which showed in their first-ever victory over a storied Lakes team.
“It’s pretty fun right now,” coach Jared Gervais said. “We told them to expect this win and I prepared myself to win this game. But it’s a neat experience for the kids, for the school, for everyone involved.”
It doesn’t get any easier for Mountainview, which plays No. 6 Peninsula next week. The Lancers (4-2, 2-2) were undermanned with six starters ruled academically ineligible, according to Lakes coach Dave Miller.
Getting it done on both sides of the football
Jensen’s biggest play of the first half didn’t come on offense, although the junior quarterback engineered a pair of scoring drives that put the Lions up 10-0.
No, it was his clutch interception on defense that set the tone early in the game.
Lakes took the opening kickoff and was shredding the Mountainview defense, driving to the 15. The Lancers would have had a first-and-goal at the 7, but were backed up by a holding call. Then on third-and-15 at the 22, Jensen came up with a pick at the 3-yard line – his fourth interception of the season – and returned it to the 20.
“I saw the receiver coming across and I just kind of read his eyes,” he said.
“I just came through and got the pick.”
Jensen wound up passing for a season-low 102 yards, but rushed for a team-high 93, including a 14-yard TD run in the third.
“The goal is a state championship, that’s what it is; 1-0 every week. We’re not trying to get too far ahead of ourselves.” — Jensen
“He’s kind of the guy who does everything for us.” — Gervais on Jenson.
“We played well enough on defense to win the game. Our offense, every time we got something going, we had a penalty or a dropped ball and stopped ourselves. Against a good team, you can’t do that.” — Miller.