By Dave Morrison

The nickname “Nuke” is perfect for Mount View receiver Marqus Ray.

Look what he has done to opposing defenses, specifically secondaries, this season.

One reception for a 43-yard touchdown in the Golden Knights’ 41-0 victory against River View.

One reception for an 82-yard touchdown in a 30-12 victory over Man.

Then there was the real explosion on Friday night, when Ray had four receptions. You guessed it. Every single one went for a touchdown against the poor outmanned Sheldon Clark, Ky. defense.

His four touchdowns totaled 164 yards.

It’s like he is a modern day Cris Carter, he just catches touchdowns.

Catching passes isn’t new for Ray, he had 24 for 377 last season for Mount View, making a legitimate case as a playoff contender this season.

He has 289 yards on those six grabs, an average of 48.2 yards per catch.

Ray has already doubled his touchdown total of. Season ago (3) in just three games.

“Marqus Ray, aka Nuke, is everything you want in a slot receiver,” Mount View Coach Larry Thompson said. “He has incredible feet with an even better work ethic. He is also the starting point guard on the basketball team.”

The Knights haven’t has a problem passing the ball much this season, with 10 touchdown tosses in three games after all of 14 last season.

Record-setter Elijah Collier was 36 of 57 for 548 yards and five touchdowns and five interceptions. The schedule was the same with a major exception, week 3 was against Oak Hill last year. (41-16 loss).

Sophomore Jesse Rose has done a good job through three, going 12 of 26 for 447 and 9 touchdowns.

They have nearly doubled the rushing output of a season ago through three games as well, putting up 634 to last years 347 thought three games.

Now comes Summers County, moved to Thursday because of the storms related to Florence expected this weekend.

The Knights overcame a 20-0 deficit last year to win that game 48-40.

But the autumn wind was a thief as Mount View finished 1-5 down the stretch.

Summers went to the Class A semifinals and until the semifinals loss to Wheeling Central never gave up more than 28 and had three shutouts.

Talk about the game’s importance this year, Summers is 0-2 out of the chute. Obviously the Bobcats made the playoffs at 6-4 last year.

“Summers made a strong run last season and ended up in the state semifinals, so they have a lot to play for,” Thompson said. “They have a few impact players in that team we must sloe down. I hate it is a short week and everyone is trying to beat the storm. But if we can travel well and maintain focus I think we will be OK.”

My take, Mount View has the looks of a team capable of making a playoff run and will be in the Class A field. avoiding the failures of the recent past.