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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 4:00 pm | Updated: 2:06 pm, Thu Sep 2, 2010.

It wasn't the prettiest win by any means, but considering the injuries (3 starters out), the penalties and the last minute drive, Desert Vista got the the job done.

And considering the Thunder missed the playoffs by a fraction of a point last season, no one has to tell coach Dan Hinds how important it was to get that first victory.

To check out the game story, go here: http://www.ahwatukee.com/sports/prep_sports/article_0b9b775e-b26d-11df-a856-001cc4c002e0.html

Thanks to all who followed along.

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Smith sacks SMith

20-15

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Incomplete pass

2nds and goal at the 5 14 seconds left


   

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Incomplete

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17 seconds left after another Smith run down to 5 yard line timeout Tucson

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Smith tears off 15 yards run, horse collar moves it to the 15

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Tucson moves ball to 49 with 35 seconds left

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 Tucson takes over with 1:26 left at own 21

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Ingrassia has been all over the place, offense, defense and key returns. Saved DV's bacon if this hold up

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I dont believe what I just saw, Ingrassia tears off 23 yard run for the score. XP good.

DV 20 15 with 1:31 left.

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DV incomplete pass.

2nd down from the 23 with 1:39 left

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3rd and 1 from 26 with 2:25 left for DV down by 2

ROdriguez QB sneak for 1st down on broken play

TO DV because off bad clock managment, their last one

1:46 left

 

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Ingrassia picks up the first on reverse down to the Tucson 35 with 3:43 left

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After incomplete pass down the sideline, DV faces 3rd and 8 from Tucson 44 with 3:50 remaining.

Timeout DV

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DV showing some resiliency as Kereluk picks up first down into Tucson territory at 46

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 DV's Aaron Smith rips off 29 yard run for first and 10 at own 37

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This could be it.

DV 1st and 10 from the 9 yard line with 6:04 remaining

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D of Game Tucson.

4th and 9, punting

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Tucson facing a 4th down and 4 at the DV 40.

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Onside kick by Tucson, the Badgers Williams recovers it at DV 46.

Say good night, Irene?

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DV defense show some life and force 4th down from 15.

32 yard line drive field goal is good by Jose Perez

15-13 Tucson with 8:10 left

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Thunder now have 11 penalties for close to 120 yards

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DV hit with two PFs on the same play.

Tucson gets 1st down at 11 yard line. It would have been 2nd and 9 from 39

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Williams rips off 17 yard runs to give Tucson first and 10 from DV 40

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DV gets bad break as Smith is sacked on third down but facemask gives Badgers first down

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Tucson takes over at the 26 with 10:30 left.

It's up to the defense now

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DV sophomore Zack Gonzales rips off 25 yard run  for the score and Goldfen gives the Thunder a 13-12 lead with 11:09 left

 

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ROughjing the passer moves DV into Tucson territory at the 40

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DV converts 3rd and 19 as Rodriguez finds Ingrassia for 23 yards.

1st and 10 at the DV 45 when fourth quarter resumes

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1st and 10 at 31 with 1:10 left in the third., and Rodriguez sacked for a loss of 9

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Tucson's Smith takes 6 ayrd loss. 3rd and 12 pass incomplete along sideline.

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Tucson's Williams takes of for 19 yard run to go over 100 yards for the game.

1st and 10 at the DV 44 with 3:16 remaining in third

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Tucson gets blocked in the back, 1st and 10 from its 30

Smith rips off 22 yard run but gets PF for flipping ball at defender after going out of bounds

1st and 10 at Tucson 37

 

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3rd and 16 for DV at Tucson 43, shot gun snap goes over his head... followed by unsportsmanlike conduct on the Thunder.

As Scooby Doo would say, Uh Ro

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First down earning run by DV's Rodriguez called back by penalty

2nd and 16 from Tucson 43

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Kereluk picks up first down, 1st and 10 at 37

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DV has to do something to get some momentum. If this drive doesnt produce points, it could spell trouble.

Going for it on 4th and 1 from the Tucson 47

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Tucson QB Smith fumbles and DV's Matt Smith comes up with it at the Thunder 44.

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Tucson's Williams runs of 4, 6 and 17 to start half.

Tucson gets 1st down at DV 40

 

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Tucson gets ball to open second half.

!st and 10 from the 30 yard line

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First half impressions.

DV looked a little undisciplined (8 penalties for 71 yards) and the load of juniors getting their first look at varsity haven't responded well.

Missing Arredondo in the middle has hurt.

Tucson QB Smith has avoided rushes/sacks to get outside and made plays from there. The defense is letting him get outside of containment

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At the half, Tucson has 97 ayrds rushing and 56 yards passing

DV has 82 yards rushing and 28 yards passing

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The holding call and PF were by two different players. I imagine it is won't be at east DV locker room.

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Premature. Holding and personal foul takes away TD.

Ouch. DV takes over 1st and 10 at on 5 yard line

Trying to run out the clock now to get to halftime.

and they do

12-6 Tucson at the half

 

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And just like that DV responds with 88 yard kick off return by Mike Ingrassia.

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PI in the end zone. 1st and G from the 2 with Williams taking it in at 2:03

Tucson goes for two, pass no good.

Not a good start for the Thunder if this is any indication of things to come. It could be a loooooooooong season.

 

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Smith scrambles down to the eight for first down. PF on DV for late hit so half the distance.

1st and G from the 4 with 2:14 left

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Williams picks up the first.

1st and 10 from the 25.

Timeout Tucson with 2:31

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Smith breaks contaiment once again and scambles for 12 yards

3rd and 3 from the 25

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Tucson's Smith connects with Aly Soro after a nice scramble for 35 yards down to DV 32

false start makes it 1st and 15 from 37

Barron thrown for a yard loss

2nd and 15

 

 

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Rodriguez throws first career interception as Levi Wallace comes up with fight for ball with Coffinger

First and 10 from Tucson 23

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Ingrassia rips off runs of 15 and 19 yads to get to Tucson 40

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Now Tucson punting, and another false start. 4th and 19 from 48

1st and 10 DV at 27 with 6:41 left in first half

 

 

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Heavy rush on Smith by Coffinger, alludes it, gets pass off but DV's Ingrassia breaks it up

Tucson goes for it on 4th and 9, false start

4th and 14 from the 42

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Tucson's Williams breaks outside for 32 yard run down to DV 37

3rd and 10 from 37

 

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 Tight end Coffinger hauls in pass in the seam down to the 6

Kereluk breaks a few tackcles and gets into the end zone

kick no good

6-6 at 8:17

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Running into kicker brings DV offense back in the field and Dom Kereluk runs for a first down

1st and 10 from the Tucson 33

 

 

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 DV doesnt take advantage of good field position. Punting on fourth and 9 from Tucson 45

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Tucson attempting third time to get ensuing kickoff as the first went out of bounds and the other was stopped because of an offsides.

DV sets up first and 10 from Tucson 46

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Tucson 6, DV 0 11:02

Dandre Williams 13 yard reception from Smith

Williams was basically uncovered, then slipped a tackle to get in the end zone

 

 

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3rd and 2 from 22 and Dandre Williams goes for 7 yards

1st and 10 from the 15

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0-0 at the end of the first quarter

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Tucson marching,1st and 10 from DV 30

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Tucson's Smith scrambles for 36 yards, but PF pushes it back to DV 43 yards. First down awarded.

Timeout DV with 1:20 left in first quarter

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Tucson QB loses 10 yards on first down after being tackled by Riley Pendergast

Delay of game makes it 2nd and 25

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DV goes for it on 4 and 2. Somehow Rodriguez goes on bootleg and tackled for 3 yard loss

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Holding penalty slows drive.

Face a 3nd and 2 from the 30.

Make that 3nd and 7 after delay of game

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After a time out Aaron Smith gets first first down of year

and they come right back as Rodriguez hits Loomer on the sideline.

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DV starts out on its 40 for second drive

Fandino goes for 5 yards

 

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Tucson takes over at 32 to start its first drive of the season.

Fumble exchange on second play

3 and 12 from the 30

QB Shakir Smith sacked by Sean Coffinger

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First play from scrimmage is 19 yard run for Conner Fandino for DV, but a 4-yard run for loss. Then a holding call and a personal fouls sets the Thunder way back.

2nd and 39

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Matt Smith and Mike Ingrassia back for the kickoff.

Ingrassia takes it back 34 yards

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Tucson wins toss, defers and DV takes the ball.

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Cue the schmaltzy music.

What a setting here at Desert Vista with the sunset right behind the visitors bleachers, which they really don't need this week since there are about 17 people over there from Tucson.

It's only my second time covering a game here and it is very nice.

 

 

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This is my seventh year (16th overall) of covering high school football in AZ and this might be the mildest temperature on opening night.

Humidity is a different story.

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From the eye test, neither Desert Vista or Tucson had that athlete that you stopped you in your tracks when he passed you by.

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The hope had been that junior linebacker Mike Arredondo was going to be able to play, but the strained left knee ligament kept him out.

He hasn't practiced since the sustaining the injury in the Ironwood Ridge scrimmage.

"It really hit me when I walked out here," he said before the game. "The therapy is going well. I'll be back next week if all goes to plan."

 

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The teams are on the field. The band is warming up as well. And DV has an air conditioned press box.

This reporter has already won one battle this season.

Heading down to the field to check in with the coaches.

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Opening week of football is here.

Every team starts fresh at least until that first penalty flag hits the turf.

Here at AFN we thought we'd try something new - a live blog from certain events.

Tonight it is the home opener for the Thunder.

The article will be updated regularly as the game happens. The freshest take will be at the top.

I hope to go live soon after 6 p.m.

Feel free to log in to the site and comment along.

Enjoy.

Hopefully.

 

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