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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 am

There was no need to pour over a lot of game film this week.

Mountain Pointe has drawn a familiar opponent for the opening round of the state 5A-I football playoffs, which kick off tonight, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at Karl Kiefer Stadium.

The undefeated and second-seeded Pride will face East Valley Region foe, No. 15 Mesa Westwood (5-6), a team they beat, 28-14, during the regular season just three weeks ago.

But, Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said the Warriors have changed a few things since then.

However, Westwood still has running back Valencio Gray, who scored on a 14-yard run the last time the teams met and Juan Zazueta can throw the ball.

Despite the score, Vaughan felt the Pride dominated both sides of the ball the first game. The Warriors second touchdown came on a fumble recovery in the end zone.

Mountain Pointe has changed some things, too.

Running back Davon Jones has been getting more power drives up the middle since the last Westwood game to compliment running back De’Andre Currie’s outside speed.

Football coaches don’t like to play a team twice in the same season, but if the Pride can get past the Warriors tonight, they could see Chandler Basha for a second time this year too.

The seventh-seeded Bears are playing No. 10 St. Mary’s at home tonight.

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