Some people are stats guys. I happen to be one of them.
Love me some numbers.
It goes back my days when I followed baseball like my life depended on it. So when it comes to a big rivalry game like the Ahwatukee Bowl I love to crunch the numbers.
Here is some info that means absolutely nothing when it comes to the outcome of Friday’s game, but still makes for an interesting read.
The series – Desert Vista leads 10-6 dating to 1997.
Longest winning streak – The Thunder won six in a row from 1998 to 2003. The Pride’s longest winning streak is two games (2004 and 2005, 2009 and 2010).
Since the six-game DV streak ended, Mountain Pointe has won five of the nine meetings starting in 2004.
Desert Vista has scored a total of 474 points (29.6) compared to Mountain Pointe’s 320 (20.0).
The largest margin of victory was 50 (DV 63-13 in 2002) and the average margin of victory is 20.4 each season. The slimmest margin of victory is 2 points when the Pride won 23-21 in 2004 and 2012.
Of the 16 games, only five were a one-score game where the margin of victory was seven points or less. All five of those games were decided by four points or less.
The only shutout was not a full-length game and it came in 2011 when thunderstorms (and some safety concerns) led to stoppage of the game. The Thunder led 24-0 with 2 minutes and 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter when it was called.
Coach’s records: Desert Vista - Jim Rattay (1997-2001) 4-1; Dan Hinds (2002-current) 6-5. Mountain Pointe – Karl Kiefer (1997-2005) 3-6; Phil Abbadessa (2006-08) 0-3; Norris Vaughan (2009-current) 3-1.
So there’s that.
How will these numbers change after the 17th edition? Guess we will find out on Friday.
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