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The Desert Vista football team traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the Brothers in Arms showcase against Mission Hills. [Jason Skoda/AFN]
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds addresses the team before departing to San Diego.
Clearing out their personal lockers in preparation for the trip to San Diego.
Last minute studying the Thunder coaches office before taking off for San Diego.
The Desert Vista players get ready to pack the bus for the six-hour drive to San Diego.
Thunder defensive coordinator Greg Battle, who came to California late because he stayed behind to watch his son play for Northern Arizona at Arizona, gave his linebackers some reading material for the ride over.
One of the Thunder buses roll out of the the school parking lot about 40 minutes later than expected because of bad AC on the original charter bus.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds goes over the offensive call sheet with quarterback coach and longtime confidant Don Rezac on the bus ride.
The players settled in for the ride and watched the movie 'Facing the Giants' to help pass the time.
Once the team crossed into California and made it past El Centro the bus pulled over for lunch provided by the boosters at a rest stop.
One of the charter buses had a faulty AC so the team had to unload its equipment and wait for another bus to show up at Desert Vista before taking off for the 6-hour ride.
The setting for the Cathedral Catholic campus was gorgeous and the Thunder football team got a chance to check out the baseball field after a bad AC on the charter bus forced to the team to arrive in California later than expected.
Jalen Jelks gives a fist bump to assistant coach Terance Roberts during the team's walkthrough on Cathedral Catholic's baseball field.
The setting for the game was a very nice high school stadium.
HomeTown Buffet had no chance of keeping up with 75 high school players.
The team meal on Day 1 was a 2 hour feast at HomeTown Buffet.
Desert Vista's Cullen Van Gosen gets his jersey on his shoulder pads the night before the game.
A lot of today's players express themselves with tattoos.
The Desert Vista players bunked four to a room with this group laying out their jerseys bright and early on game day.
The Thunder head through campus at Cathedral Catholic High on their way to the locker room.
The Thunder head out of the locker room to walk the field for the first time after arriving.
Desert Vista's Jason King gets used to cathing a thrown ball with assistance from Anthony Abbadessa.
The players use various ways of getting in the right mind set before a game with most of them choosing music.
Desert Vista quarterback Cade van Raaphorst gets stretched out before the game.
An athletic trainer can never have enough tape.
Injured players, Jordan Rezac, left, and Anthony Abbadessa, watch sullenly as their teammates prepare for the game.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds, right, talks with Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser a few hours before kickoff.
Desert Vista's Jason King waits for the walk out onto the field.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds collects himself before heading into the locker room for the pre-game speech.
Reserve quarterback Alex Farina throws to Johnnie Johnson.
Desert Vista's Bobby Delgado is seeing double before the game.
Hanging out in the locker room before the action started.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds does his best to make nice with one of the referees before the game.
The Thunder leave the visiting locker room in preparation for the opening game of the season.
The Thunder take the field at Cathedral Catholic High.
tDesert Vista quarterback Cade Van Raaphorst takes a minute before joining the team for the start of the game.
Desert Vista's TJ Roberts looks for open space.
Desert Vista defensive end Jalen Jelks knocks down a pass by Mission Hills' Connor Wynn.
The Desert Vista student body took advantage of the long weekend and made the trip to San Diego.
Desert Vista's Cullen Van Gosen tries to fend of Mission Hills defenders.
The Desert Vista offense were unable to break a big game all game because of the swarming defense of Mission Hills.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds tries to get his point across after a disspointing 13-0 loss to Mission Hills (Calif.) at Cathedral Catholic in the Brothers in Arms showcase event to start the year.