Congrats to Mountain View High School - our High 5 Sports Team of the Week!
"We're having success because we have a talented group of seniors and juniors," said Mountain View High's head football coach, Nick Bach. "This is my first class of players coming all the way through since I got here about four years ago. It's a tough, gritty group that includes 35 juniors and everyone's excited because some of the tides have turned around here."
Bach is referring to a recent change in perception of Mountain View football in Gwinnett County and around the state. The Bears, now in their ninth year of football, expect to win games against traditional powers. Last week's 20-17 last-second victory over rival Mill Creek was huge, but not unexpected according to Mountain View wide receiver Malachi Carter, who committed to play at Georgia Tech in September.
The Bears (7-2), solidly in third place in tough Region 6-AAAAAAA, have one regular season game remaining Friday night against a one-win Discovery team before beginning postseason play. The combination of quarterback Matt Edwards to Carter has become legendary over the past four seasons. Last week, the two hooked up on a play that's likely to go down in school history as a defining moment in the ascension of the program.
As November approaches, coach Bach says his team is more prepared for the playoffs. Last year they made it to the postseason for the first time in school history, only to be beaten in the first round by eventual champion Grayson.
"Our focus is not on only winning one playoff game this time. Last year we were just happy we made it. We weren't as prepared as we needed to be, and then we ran into that buzz saw."
Good Day Atlanta returns to Mountain View Thursday morning to celebrate the Bears' Team of the Week win---the second for the Lawrenceville school. Mountain View won the award back in 2011 after beating an undefeated Mill Creek team under then head coach Tim Hardy.