LOVELAND — Controlling the pace and hanging tough early, the Erie High School football team couldn’t complain about the opening stanzas of its game Thursday against Mountain View.

But the song grew sadder over time, as the Mountain Lions got a huge night from Tanner Stark in a 43-13 victory that ends the Tigers’ season at 2-3 in the Northern Conference and 4-6 overall. Stark closed with a school-record 307 yards on 19 carries and five touchdowns.

Erie was in good shape halfway in the second quarter after Coltin Brink reeled in a 41-yard scoring pass from Lyle Tristen, as that tied the score at 7-all. But that seemed to awaken Mountain View’s roster, as Stark rolled for all his touchdowns in a 13-minute span between the second and third quarters.

“Comes down to the little things, the fundamentals. We had couple plays where we didn’t get him wrapped up, and he went for big plays,” said EHS coach Larry Gartrell. “We let it get away from us. It is tough after you’ve been together 14 weeks now — we’re a young team, so we’ve got a bright future.

“It’s hard to stop. We’ve come a long ways, and you want to keep going, and you want next year to start right now. We’ve got some work to do, and if we get everybody back, hopefully we’ll move on from where we are at.”

Erie closed the night’s scoring on a 3-yard TD run from Jake Wagner late in the fourth quarter.

Mountain View 43, Erie 13

At Patterson Stadium

Erie (4-6, 2-3) 0 7 0 6 — 13

Mountain View (7-3, 4-1) 7 14 22 0 — 43


First Quarter

MV — Connor Logan 49 run (Patrick McQueen kick), 1:05.

Second Quarter

EHS — Coltin Brink 41 pass from Lyle Tristen (Ryan Haynes kick), 6:04.

MV — Tanner Stark 9 run (McQueen kick), 5:20.

MV — Stark 57 run (McQueen kick), 2:30.

Third Quarter

MV — Stark 73 run (Zach Watson pass from Brandon Baeckel), 10:06.

MV — Stark 48 run (McQueen kick), 7:21.

MV — Stark 3 run (McQueen kick), 4:34.

Fourth Quarter

EHS — Jake Wagner 3 run (pass failed), 1:33.


First downs 11 17

Rushes-yards 46-185 41-417

Passing yards 56 74

Comp-Att-Int 2-11-1 6-6-0

Punts-Avg. 7-33.8 3-37.6

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 3-20 8-63


RUSHING — Erie: Wagner 5-77, Ryne Atkins 21-66, Brink 18-27, Joey Ramey 2-15; MV: Stark 19-307, Logan 2-75, McQueen 9-54, Jose Salgado 2-minus 1, Jordon Berry 1-minus-1; Ryan Gorney 8-minus-17.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Erie: Tristen 2-11-1-56; MV: Gorney 6-6-0-74.

RECEIVING — Erie: Brink 1-41, Atkins 1-15; MV: Logan 2-59, Josh Sandin 2-13, Watson 1-4, Tyler Kress 1-minus-2.

MISSED FG — MV, McQueen 33 (WL).