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State title game: Rodriguez shows toughess behind center

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Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 5:31 pm | Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Nov 25, 2011.

With some of the brutal hits Desert Vista quarterback Hunter Rodriguez has taken this season, you'd think his first name was Hunted.

There are three plays that really stick out to me - one against Corona del Sol where he stuck in the pocket and delivered a strike, one against Saguaro where he got hi-lowed by two defenders and the last play of the first half against Basha - where I was wondering if he'd get up.

And each time he did.

It's a good thing he is 6-foot-4, 215-pounds otherwise I am not sure his body could absorb some of those hits.

After the one against Basha, he laid on the ground for awhile as just about everyone else was heading back to the locker room.

He had a teammate check on him before he eventually got up and headed back to the locker room at Mesquite.

I actually wasn't sure if he was hurt or if he was kind of taking his time after a couple of bad drives, including a interception he threw that let Basha back into it before the half.

"I was hurt, but I wasn't injured," Rodriguez said.

Earlier this year I wrote a story about Mike Arredondo and how his toughness sets the tone for the team.

Looking back I should have probably included Rodriguez in that story because he has really shown a toughness that I probably gets the entire team fired up and would follow him anywhere.

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

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