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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 11:56 am | Updated: 12:22 pm, Mon Mar 21, 2011.

While most of the football schedules are still unsettled, the two area programs are starting to get some answers.

Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said the school decided to turn down the offer to drop Chandler Hamilton, an opponent picked by the computer, so the Huskies could play Scottsdale Chaparral.

In that scenario, Chaparral would drop Tempe Marcos de Niza and then Marcos and Desert Vista would play each other.

Hamilton and Chaparral coaches came up with this idea so the defending Class 5A Division I and Division II champions, who many consider the two best programs in the state, could finally play each other.

Hinds added that the Thunder will play Class 4A Division I power Scottsdale Saguaro, state champs four times in the last five seasons, but they are still searching for a 10th game.

Also ran across Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan over the weekend and he confirmed that the Pride will travel to Yuma Kofa and host Sierra Vista Buena to complete their schedule.

In case it was missed the first time, here is a run down of both teams' schedule created by the computer used by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Desert Vista: Home - Mesa, Mesa Westwood, Mesa Dobson and Chandler. Away - Saguaro, Tempe Corona del Sol, Hamilton, Gilbert Mesquite and Mountain Pointe.

Mountain Pointe: Home - Desert Vista, Buena, Phoenix Brophy, Corona del Sol and Westwood. Away - Chandler, Hamilton, Mesa, Mesa Mountain View and Kofa.

The scheduling has brought pleny of complaints and even caused one football program - Phoenix North Pointe Prep - to drop the sport because it was afraid of their player's safety.

North Pointe is charter school with less than 500 students and played in Class 2A last season and went 2-7 against schools its size.

The computer had North Pointe playing Phoenix Thunderbird and Glendale Cactus, schools that have a student body of more than 1,300 students and have won recent state titles.

 

 

 

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