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Mountain View’s Nathan Payne (12) passes the ball during a game against Dacula.

OFFENSE

The Bears return a bevy of starters for the 2020 season, anchored by the offensive line. Kaise Hill, Daniel O’Leary, Blake Jones, J.J. Hodges, Daysan Ranew and Ryan King all return to form a solid foundation for the offense.

Quarterback Nathan Payne will once again direct the Mountain View attack under center after throwing for 1,648 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2019. The senior signal caller will have numerous weapons at his disposal.

Mossiah Carter (30 catches, 510 yards, 6 TDs last season) and Marcus Brand (20-223-3) are fleet footed receivers who will be joined by Zay Wilson. Nyquel Austin is a hybrid H-back and tight end who will be deployed in numerous locations inside the Bears’ offense. Justin Wilson will provide depth in the backfield and out of the backfield while Mason Kidd is a talented sophomore quarterback waiting in the wings and will learn from Payne’s leadership this season.

“Offensively, I believe we have a lot of options and we expect to compete at the highest level,” said new head coach John Poitevint, who was hired in the offseason after previously serving as Brookwood’s defensive coordinator. “Our line is solid and we are anxious to get back on the field.”

DEFENSE

While the offense is seasoned with veterans, the defense has only two returning starters. Nickel back Derrick Smith and corner Darren Baggett will look to lead the defense from the secondary.

While short on experience, Mountain View’s defensive line is not short on talent according to Poitevint, who previously coached defenses at both Dacula and Central Gwinnett in addition to Brookwood. Najee Mackey, Nathaniel Lee, Dajon Huggins and Justin Greene will all be in the mix for playing time on the line. Akeel Jones, Jaquan Ivy and Corbitt Maggert will be providing support from the linebacker position.

Contributions are also expected from Trey Moss, Eric Jones, Jalon Burks, A.J. Cheeks, Jordan Eccelston and Jemarrious Lumpkin.