By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
In the last two weeks, Mount View has gone from losing 31 straight games to its first two-game win streak since 2007.
How about a three-game run of success for the first time since 2006?
It could happen tonight, as the Golden Knights (2-4) play host to winless Fayetteville (0-6) in what is homecoming at Vic Nystrom Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Mount View first year head coach Todd McCoy has the Golden Knights thinking positive, with hopes for more wins as the season continues.
“This one worries me a little bit because it is homecoming, but I think we are going to be ready,” McCoy said. “We had a pretty good extensive defensive day (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) is going to be all offense, we have put in a few new wrinkles and I think we are going to be ready.
“From what I see on film I think if we bring our “A” game I don’t think they can hang with us.”
Mount View started the season with an 0-4 mark, losing two games by 6 and 8 points, but the Golden Knights have won consecutive home games against Class AA Wyoming East (18-15) and Class A Van (26-6).
McCoy thinks the Knights could have a better mark if not for some troubles with putting games away when they’ve had the chance. He’s hoping for better results, especially against Fayetteville and their next game with Meadow Bridge on Oct. 19.
“That is what we have been lacking if anything, we get people down, we get ourselves in a position to do something and then we shoot ourselves in the foot where we just can’t put that final nail in like at Tug Valley,” said McCoy, whose Knights lost to the Panthers on a scoring pass in the final minutes. “We ran up and down the field and threw the ball over all the place...
“I think we are well matched these next two (games), I think we match up real well and I am looking for “W’s”.
Mount View has just five seniors on its team, including quarterback Teddy Hazzard and three-sport standout Maurice Brown, who has played all the field during his tenure with the Golden Knights and McCoy likes what he brings to the field.
“Maurice is one of the best receivers I have ever coached as far as talent wise,” said McCoy, who added that Brown is being pursued for a couple of colleges to play at the next level. “I really think Maurice’s biggest issue is he doesn’t know how good he is, he doesn’t know how good he can be...
“He gives us something that we haven’t seen with any other team in this area, he gives you that 6-4 receiver that you can throw the ball up and nine times out of 10 he is going to come down with it.”
McCoy thinks Brown has unlimited potential that has yet to be tapped.
“His biggest thing is he has got to realize how good he is and he has got to extract all the talent out of him that he can,” McCoy said. “I am convinced Maurice has never turned it up all the way.
“I think he does what he needs to do to get the job done. I think if he turned it up full blast I think you guys would be amazed at what he can do.”
Brown’s contributions will be needed tonight, as Fayetteville comes in having suffered a 48-13 loss to Man, the same team the Knights lost to 20-12 earlier this season. The Pirates have allowed at least 32 points in five of six games, with the lone exception being an 8-6 loss to Meadow Bridge.
They’ve also scored 14 or less points in all but one game, having tallied 26 in a six-point loss to Midland Trail.
“They are a team that doesn’t ever quit, it doesn’t matter how far out they are they still coming at your and they are still trying to score and they are still nipping at your heels,” said McCoy, who left Tygarts Valley last season to replace Leon Gravely at Mount View. “They have a few good sized kids and they have a lot of young kids that don’t know the meaning of the word quit and they are going to keep after it and that is the way Fayetteville always is.
“I told these kids they are never out of the ball game so our intent is to get out and jump on them early like we have been saying all along, put the nail in the coffin and keep hammering it.”
—Contact Brian Woodson