The ramifications of the final seconds of Friday night's game between Red Mountain and Desert Vista will affect both Ahwatukee teams in the first round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs.
Several sources said it was Thunder senior center Roman Villa was the player ejected and he will have to miss Friday's game against Mesa Mountain View.
Mountain Pointe is the benefactor of the ejection of two defensive tackles from Red Mountain as it takes on the Lions in the first round.
The Pride love to soften the belly of the defense with quick hitters to the fullback and comeback with counters later.
If the Lions are down two starters, I believe it was Devin Gordon and David Labatos, in the middle that can only help.
I wasn't at the game so I can't say for sure what happened, but a couple of different people basically described it the same.
The Thunder were in victory formation. Instead of taking the loss humbly, the Red Mountain defense went after Desert Vista quarterback Hunter Rodriguez and got a pretty good lick on him.
It led to the ejections after punches were supposedly thrown. Again I wasn't there and don't know exactly what happened.
So Villa, a senior, misses his chance to play in the first round of the playoffs.
But if I am Villa's coach I lean toward being proud of him instead of being angry. He was defending his turf and his brother so to speak. He did what he felt was needed.
This team has come so far this season and this is another good sign of unity. The Thunder have some depth at offensive line, and if I am not mistaken sophomore guard Zach Tamburo played center until this season. He could slide over and be just fine.
It's just a shame that it is necessary in a game that was clearly over - 28-17 - and preparing for the postseason was first and foremost on the coaches' minds.