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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 10:19 pm

In the regular season meeting, Mountain Pointe and Hamilton were without a top player.

The Pride didn’t have the services of top running back and linebacker Wesley Payne, while the Huskies didn’t have 5-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker.

This time of the year, especially when the semifinal game is pushed back three days, no team is completely healthy.

But as of Wednesday’s media day each coach expected to have everyone ready to go for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. for the Division I state title game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“We’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Hamilton coach Steve Belles said. “We just got everybody back and we are going to need everybody to compete Saturday afternoon.”

Mountain Pointe was without two defensive starters in the state semifinals as Dominique Fenstermacher was out with a head injury and another player missed because of disciplinary issues. Plus Payne injured his right ankle on the first play of the game.

He missed a good portion of the contest before returning on both sides of the ball including four straight runs to essentially lock up the victory over Desert Ridge, but he walked to the team bus with the help of a crutch.

Pride coach Norris Vaughan indicated all three players will be ready to go on Saturday.

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

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