When talking to Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds earlier in the week he indicated that two of this three starters that missed the season opener are assured to play this week against Penn State.

While junior running back and linebacker Mike Arredondo's status is still unclear (my gut reaction is he won't play), fullback Austin Mclennan and lineman Zach Tamburo will be ready to go.

Desert Vista will really benefit with a win over Phoenix Pinnacle this week.

Real insightful info, right there, huh?

But seriously, after the way the Thunder lost last season - 28-21 in two overtimes - with several key players suspended that eventually led to missing the playoffs by a fraction of a single point, a win here would exercise some demons.

I haven't been around the program long, but the feeling I get is that one really hurt because the team was so close to winning despite being short-handed. Imagine the cohesiveness it would have built had Desert Vista won that game without its best lineup on both sides of the ball.

With teenagers I'll never under-estimate the importance of emotion and winning that game would have been a huge boost.

On the other side of Ahwatukee Foothills, I saw a coach who was not very happy.

Norris Vaughan laid into the team pretty good after Monday's practice because of the way the team played in the Gilbert Highland win.

It has led to some lineup changes. Vaughan doesn't mess around. If he feels you are not completely prepared or dialed into the team concept seeing the field becomes awful difficult.

I think the team will give running back Michael Whitfield an extensive look against Chandler Basha this week. He led the team in rushing in Week 1, although it was just 64 yards on two carries, but missed last week's game because of a suspension.



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