Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan is never far from his Georgia roots.

This time he is stealing from Georgia Southern legendary coach Erk Russell as the Pride prepares to take on Desert Ridge in the Division I semifinals at McClintock High on Monday.

Mountain Pointe has won 21 of 24 games at Karl Kiefer Stadium under Norris Vaughan so why not bring a little bit of it with them.

And that’s just what the Pride plan to do in the form of some dirt and grass from the Pride’s playing surface.

Vaughan mentioned it in the team huddle after the second-round win over Red Mountain and reiterated the idea in the week leading up to the game.

“We’ve done it a few times in the past,” he said. “It just brings some of home with us.”

The Pride have gone 1-3 in neutral games, all in the postseason (three semifinals, one title game), during the same time so it can only help.

Vaughan, who has 99 career wins in Arizona and 230 in his career, cited Russell in how he came up with the idea.

When Georgia Southern resurrected football in 1981 (after stopping because of World War II), it lacked tradition.

A drainage ditch that the team had to cross several times a day during football practice came to be called Beautiful Eagle Creek by Russell. When the Eagles traveled to Northern Iowa during the 1985 playoffs, Russell brought along a jug of this Eagle Creek water to sprinkle on the field.

Georgia Southern went on to win the national championship.

Of course, Mountain Pointe is hoping for a similar ending to their season.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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