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Sunnyside Blue Devils quarterback Jamie Valdez runs with the football in first half against Mountain View High School.

Nick Oza / The Arizona Republic

Mesa Mountain View 21, Sunnyside 14

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.30.2006

Knocking off 5A-I powers does not seem to be a problem. But these 5A-II schools have been giving Mountain View fits.

One week after dismantling then-third-ranked Gilbert of 5A-I, the host Toros had their hands full against 5A-II Sunnyside.

The Toros' only loss of the season came against 5A-II No. 1 Peoria Centennial in the season's first week. On Friday night, the Toros (4-1) needed a 5-yard touchdown run by Micah Yetter with 2:19 left to earn the win.

"They did some things to us defensively that slowed us down for a little while," Mountain View coach Tom Joseph said. "Eventually, we got some big plays. When we have to (get a score), we just go right down, so that's nice to see."

The Toros led 14-7 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils refused to give in. Jamie Valdez connected on five straight first-down passes, the last one to Patrick Medina from 16 yards out to knot the game at 14 with 5:03 remaining.

But Yetter's run capped a well-manufactured drive, ending Sunnyside's upset bid.

"That's a very good team that's probably going to be really close to a state championship in 5A-I, so our kids have nothing to be ashamed of," Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez said.

— Kyle Odegard, East Valley Tribune