Pride coach Norris Vaughan talks to Charlie Trevino (7) during the football game between Mountain Pointe Pride and Boulder Creek Jaguars at Mountain Pointe on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

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Norris Vaughan is one win away from No. 100 in his Arizona coaching career.

Excuse the Mountain Pointe coach if he has bigger and more important things this week to worry about with the Pride’s fourth semifinal appearance in five years ahead as they prepare to face No. 4 Desert Ridge (11-1) at McClintock on Friday.

“I didn’t know until (a reporter) brought it up,” said Vaughan, who is and 230-97-2 overall.. “We want two more wins so I unless I have 101 when it is over I don’t really care right now.”

He came to Arizona from Georgia expecting to spend his days trying to find the fairway instead of figuring out what motivates today’s young athletes.

Vaughan wanted to focus on his golf game and take a shot at the mini-tours while keeping touch with his love for coaching football.

After spending a year on the staff at Paradise Valley as a volunteer coach, he was back on the sidelines after taking over the Wickenburg program.

He went 47-5 there with three semifinal berths and a championship game appearance before coming to Mountain Pointe where he turned the Pride into a Division I power with a 52-11 record.

In his nine years of coaching in Arizona, he has made seven semifinal appearances. He has made two state title games, but has never won a championship is his career.

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