They lost 18 starters from last year's state championship football team; but this year's Mountain View Cougar squad doesn't lack any heart or enthusiasm for the fall season.
Head Football Coach Brian Crum says the momentum of the championship, plus the pride of alumni Ashton Eaton's Gold Medal win at the Olympics is a real incentive for the team.
Crum says the team will be lead by Quarterback Toby Webb, a 6-foot senior who has played with them since his freshman year. "He's played some JV ball for us the last couple of years, been the back up. But more importantly, he's been our stat team Quarterback the last 2 years and he's had to play against some pretty tough defenses in our own practices every day of the week, and I think that's prepared him for what he's going to see this year. He doesn't have a lot of varsity game experience, but he did win a game for us last year against Medford when Jacob Hollister was out with a shoulder injury. But he has a lot of experience, we have a lot of trust in what he's going to do for us."
Crum says the team has a couple of rituals before every game: they have a team meal, they read an inspirational quote from former UCLA coach Terry Donohue on dealing with adversity and they touch the cougar above the door in the locker room.