Coming off a thrilling win against Boulder creek this past week, Millennium High School looks to continue its success heading into its next matchup against the run-heavy offense of Mountain View on Sept. 24.
The Mountain Lions’ offense will present a different look compared to the Tigers’ last opponent, Boulder Creek. Rather than worrying about the passing attack over the top, the Tiger defense will have to come up big in the trenches and in the second level to make stops.
Senior running back Lloyd Johnson will give the Tigers a handful on Friday night, but if they’re able to slow down Johnson and the rest of the run attack for the Mountain Lions, this game should be close.
Mountain View isn’t the only team in this matchup with a running back that has the ability to scorch defenses, though.
Millennium High School running back Zues Pinder, so far, has had an electric start to his sophomore campaign in purple and black. Pinder has already collected 445 yards from scrimmage in just three games played this season. He averages 150 yards per game as well. In addition to all of those yards he’s also been able to get the ball in the end zone.
This season he has already amassed four touchdowns.
“I work every day to get better in any way possible,” Pinder said. “I want the best people on the other side of the ball to push me and make me earn it. I’m hungry to get to that next level, nothing is going to stop me.”
Pinder will be trying to crack 500 yards on the year this week.
Another player to watch out for this week would be senior Tiger quarterback Blake Sparks.
Sparks is another player off to a great start this season for Millennium. Sparks has recorded over 580 passing yards through his first three games this season and is showing no signs of slowing down.
“He’s a leader, we’re blessed to have him, and the entire team believes in him, the coaches, the players, he did exactly what a quarterback was supposed to do,” head coach Lamar Early said.
Lined up across from him for Mountain View is sophomore Will Howell, ranked 70th in his AZ class, according to MaxPreps.com.
Howell is young but is starting to prove he has a place on the Mountain Lions varsity roster.
Howell has thrown for 239 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
Early spoke about his team and their efforts to improve heading into this week.
“We need to improve our blocking and less penalties, those have been a killer so far this season,” Early said. “We’re trying to get healthy, we have weapons. But a lot of them were on the sideline tonight and we need to get them healthy. We’re still not satisfied, and we know we have a tough one this week.”
You can catch all the action between the Tigers and Mountain Lions at Millennium high school on Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m.