In talking to the Desert Vista players this week it was clear they were bothered by the way they lost to Hamilton.
"It wasn't easy," two-way lineman J.J. Dielman said. "It sticks with you, but you look forward to the next game."
The Thunder take on Mesquite this week in Gilbert and the offensive and defensive lines will be tested.
Junior guard Zach Tamburo is definitely out this week after being ejected and junior center Cole Preston hasn't officially been ruled out after a sustaining a leg injury against Hamilton, but considering he was still in a brace on Tuesday it would be hard to believe he plays this week.
It means players like Ryan Hawkinson, who will start at center, and Dylan Fischer, a possible starter at guard, will play both ways to replace those out.
Both are quality players in their own right, but the energy they brought along the defensive front all season might be lessened if they end up going both ways.
Dielman and Tamburo have been rocks along on their side of the line the last two seasons.
"It will be weird not having him there, but we've practiced for this in case it happened in a game," Dielman said. "We will be OK."
Dielman updated his recruiting situation, saying he hasn't had any new offers of late, and hasn't narrowed his list of five schools (Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV and Utah).
With Dielman I wouldn't be surprised if he goes with the team that first offered him - Utah - based on respect and loyalty.
In other recruiting updates from Desert Vista, according to one of the player's parents, junior wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro had an unofficial visit to Stanford last weekend and also has received some interest from Duke while classmates Jarek Hilgers (Arizona and Oregon) and Aric Burks (Arizona) have also had some recruiting activity.
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