As the Mountain Pointe football program gets together today for its first official practice of the 2013 season, here are some of the things Norris Vaughan is focused on when they head over to Lovett Field.

* Health – wide receiver Jalen Brown has been nursing a high ankle sprain all summer, while defensive back Dominique Fenstermacher has had a hip issue.

Both should be ready for the season opener as long as there isn’t a set back over the next four weeks.

* If those two aren’t on the practice field, it might hurt the development of the new defense – a 40 front compared mostly a 50 in previous years – Vaughan plans on inserting.

The defense will him take advantage of their personnel a little better. With the addition of Markell Simmons from Tucson, Fenstermacher and moving Trey Lauer to safety from linebacker partly because of the dismissal of a starter at safety last year, along with Brown, the defensive backfield could be special this year.

It will allow the front seven to take bigger risks with Charlie Trevino and Mitchell Fraboni up front and Wesley Payne at middle linebacker doing most of the damage.

* The first two weeks will be all about fundamentals all of which will be held at the school after having to cancel their trip up north because of practice limitations. They'll do a lock in one night at the school this week to try to gain some of the bonding aspect.

“We’ve got to play more consistent with fewer mistakes,” Vaughan said. “The offense runs motions or shifts to the other out of position and you’ve be surprised how much it works. We’ve done and we’ve had it done to us. When it happen you lose an advantage.

“We have to eliminate those and penalties. We will be stressing that and fundamentals the first two weeks.”

* After that then they will really dive into the Bishop Gorman. The coaching staff has been preparing since the AFN broke the story in February that the game will was happening, but now the countdown is real.

“We put in our plan for Bishop Gorman and show how we plan on impacting them,” he said of their Aug. 23 opponent. “We feel like we have the chance to have a pretty good team. We are going to be good on offense, defense and our best unit might be special teams.

“It’s going to take all three for us to win that opening game and we have these few weeks to get ready.”

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