The crowd at the boys basketball games between Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista used to rival the Ahwatukee Bowl, but has lost some luster in recent years.

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As far as tone setters go, ripping down the goal post on your rival’s field intensifies things just a tad.

It’s is how the Ahwatukee Bowl got started when Mountain Pointe thumped Desert Vista in the debut of the neighborhood game when the Thunder had its first varsity season.

The Pride made the trip to Pecos and 32nd St. and Karl Kiefer’s bunch won 45-7 in 1997.

Apparently, the administrations of the two schools weren’t prepared for what happened afterward when the Pride’s student body rushed the field and tore down one of the goal posts.

“I was in the press box and Mountain Pointe beat us and their students rushed the field,” Dan Hinds said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh no’ and then I started looking at other adults, administrators and there was nothing they could do. One principal is not going to stop 1,000 people and it just got crazy from there.”

In talking to a police officer at the at the Mountain Pointe Hamilton game last week, he said there will be 10 to 15 cops – plus Tempe Union security – and he was expecting 15 to 20 uniformed cops in place for the Ahwatukee Bowl on Friday at Desert Vista for the 17th edition.

Maybe, just maybe, it will be enough to keep the streaking and nearly naked gorilla from making an appearance for a second year in a row.

Maybe.

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

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