The photo appeared mid-week and seemed a bit out of place.

After all it wasn't even Desert Vista's football team in the photo, but another from the state sitting in the window of the coaches office so that every player that walked by could get a glimpse.

A closer look at the background provided the explanation.

The 8 x 10 photo is of the Peoria Centennial football team taking a knee for a team huddle.

At the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Before one of its state championship games in recent years.

"It gives the kids an idea about where this journey can lead us," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said.

The idea came from the team's character coach, Brian Beltramo.

Yep, character coach. Interesting idea and big reason the team has come together so well after last year's difficulties.

"He showed up in the spring some time and has becoming once or twice a week," Hinds said. "The kids look forward to it. He comes in, stands in front of everyone and goes for it. He has really helped the team with choice and his presence has really helped them when it comes to thinking before acting and the possible consequences."

Hinds said after last season's suspensions and some of the negativity that surrounded the program they had to find a way to combat those types of situations.

Sort of nip them in the bud before it even happens.

"Sometimes I ask where did this guy come from and what lead him to us?" Hinds said. "He has been a godsend."

Beltramo, who is listed as the Arizona Coaches Ministry Director on the Arizona Football Coaches Association Web site, has helped with other schools in the past including Centennial.

"He put that picture up to show what is possible," Hinds said. "Hopefully, we make good on it."

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