Before heading to Las Vegas for a good weekend of football, I took the time Wednesday to stop by Desert Vista for the Thunder’s football scrimmage.

As much as I wanted to see how Desert Vista looks about week away from its first game, it was more about seeing how a three-team scrimmage worked.

Basically each team went on offense then rotated to defense and then the third team’s offense came on the field and rotated through.

So Desert Vista’s offense went against Chandler’s defense and the Thunder’s defense took on Desert Ridge followed by Desert Ridge defense squaring off against the Chandler offense.

The Thunder defense got the short end of the deal there as the Jaguars run – at times – a version of the Wing-T with an unbalanced line.

It’s a tough deal when the personnel has a full week to game plan for it let alone a mid-week scrimmage.

The Jaguars, who made the state semis last year, took advantage and scored on their first two possessions including a 45-yard run on their first play from scrimmage.

The Thunder offense, other the other hand, looked pretty solid as they found the end zone multiple times.

“The offense looked good and found a rhythm,” Thunder coach Dan Hinds said. “We have some work to do on defense and we will get it straightened out.”

Of course it is a scrimmage so coverages are bland and the intensity isn’t quite the same but it was good to see some action before the real stuff on Friday night.

Two things were clear:

* Senior T.J. Robert is going to be a big-time playmaker; he made a great catch in the seam for a score and made a lot of defenders miss on the edge with some slick moves.

* Senior Cade van Raaphorst is going to be just fine at right outside linebacker. He forced a rush to his side to the sideline by fighting off a block and pushed the ball carrier to the boundary, and then on the very next play he made a tackle on the other sideline with persistent pursuit.

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