The Mountain View Thunder are back where they feel they have always belonged.
Two years of being a Class 4A program, the Thunder are back in Class 3A, back in the 3A Greater St. Helens League, and back as league champions.
Quarterback Andre Scheer rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns, plus he threw for a touchdown Friday evening, leading Mountain View to a 42-14 victory over Prairie at McKenzie Stadium.
The victory assured the Thunder at least a share of the league title, their first since the last time they were in the 3A GSHL in 2013.
“Just really exciting. We’ve come a long was as a team,” Scheer said. “I’m really excited for senior night next week.”
The Thunder (5-3) rushed for 339 yards against the Falcons to improve to 4-0 in league play. They will play Evergreen next week to try to complete an undefeated league schedule.
Scheer got his yards on 21 carries, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
“It’s a great feeling. I really just owe it all the line,” Scheer said. “They opened up a lot of holes and the backs did a great job of blocking upfield.”
Scheer had first-quarter touchdown runs of 1 and 33 yards to give Mountain View a 14-6 lead after Prairie scored on the opening drive of the game.
Scheer capped his night with an 83-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Mountain View wide receiver Darien Chase caught a swing pass from Scheer and ran 58 yards for a touchdown. He has scored in nine consecutive games, dating back to last season.
Sean Delmage rushed for two touchdowns for Mountain View.
Prairie quarterback Kevin Aguirre rushed for 135 yards and two scores.
The Falcons (1-7, 1-3 GSHL) missed their extra points but got two points on a third-quarter safety when a punt snap went awry for Mountain View in the end zone.
Prairie scored the final touchdown of the first half to pull within two possessions. However, Mountain View pretty much put the game away with a six-play, 51-yard drive to open the second half. Delmage’s 24-yard touchdown run made it 35-12.
Mountain View has won four in a row after losing to three 4A opponents in the non-league schedule.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 42, PRAIRIE 14
Prairie 6 6 2 0–14
Mountain View 14 14 7 7–42
Pra — Kevin Aguirre 37 run (pass failed)
MV — Andre Scheer 1 run (Bryan Valdez kick)
MV — Scheer 33 run (Valdez kick)
MV — Sean Delmage 4 run (Valdez kick)
MV — Darien Chase 58 pass from Scheer (Valdez kick)
Pra — Aguirre 1 run (run failed)
MV — Delmage 24 run (Valdez kick)
Pra — Safety, MV punter down in end zone.
MV — Scheer 83 run (Valdez kick)
RUSHING: Prairie: Aguirre 24-135, Dakota Detter 17-87, Bryson Pena 1-25. Mountain View: Glen Perry 4-28, Scheer 21-207, Nile Jones 8-28, Delmage 8-47, Jack Mertens 4-24, Payton Regas 2-26, Team 4-(minus 21).
PASSING: Prairie: Aguirre 2-10-2-18. Mountain View: Scheer 7-11-0-106.
RECEIVING: Prairie: Isaiah Conley 1-12, Anthony Estrada 1-6. Mountain View: Chase 4-82, Michael Bolds 1-15, Mertens 1-(minus 1), Perry 1-10.