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Posted: Saturday, September 6, 2008 12:25 am | Updated: 9:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Most teams have a few kinks to work out in their first game, but against one of the state’s top 5A programs, Marana Mountain View didn’t have that luxury on Friday night.

Most teams have a few kinks to work out in their first game, but against one of the state’s top 5A programs, Marana Mountain View didn’t have that luxury on Friday night.

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After a game effort to stay within seven points through the first quarter, the Mountain Lions were buried by Tempe Marcos de Niza in a 55-0 drubbing to open the season.

“I would’ve never believed this,” Mountain View coach Paul Schmidt said. “This is very shocking to all of us.

“We were our own worst enemy. We threw the ball and dropped passes, we let a block off here, it was just one thing after another.”

Mountain View offensively was without senior leader and starting halfback Eric Davis due to a knee injury and started just two members of last year’s squad on defense.

A pair of momentum-killing turnovers in the second quarter didn’t help either. After a Marcos de Niza score made it 14-0, Mountain View’s Mark Vera returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to the Padres’ 25-yard line.

However, a fumble on the first play from scrimmage was scooped up by the Padres’ Ramon Abreu who raced 75 yards for the first of his three scores on the night.

“They were flying around like missiles,” Mountain View’s Josh Carter said of the Marcos de Niza defense. “They did exactly what their coaches told them to do.”

Mountain View answered on the following drive with a 65-yard halfback pass from Myles Williams to John Rozema that set up the Mountain Lions on the Padre 9-yard line. Once again, though, Marcos de Niza answered, this time, with an interception by Edwin Traylor.

Four plays later, the Padres scored again en route to the win.

“We didn’t come out with our heads straight and we weren’t prepared (for this game) as well as we thought we were,” Carter said. “It was real frustrating.”

Marcos de Niza coach Roy Lopez said his players were ready to prove themselves after graduating a slew of seniors from last year’s 10-2 team that reached the second round of the state playoffs.

“These boys were excited and want to make the guys from last year’s team proud,” Lopez said. “They want to do well for them and at the same time show that they can do it without them.”

Last year’s Mountain View squad opened the season in similar fashion, losing to the Padres 43-14, only to win seven of its next 10 games. Schmidt says that they’ll use last year’s team as an example.

“We’ve got to look at film, make sure we’ve got people in the right spots and get this young squad on track,” he said. “And we’ll do that.”

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