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Desert Vista's running game, led by Jarek Hilgers, need to have time-consuming drives to keep the Basha offense off the field.
Desert Vista will have to contain Basha wide receiver Nate Phillips in order to win the first-round matchup.
Desert Vista's first-round game of the state playoffs is a rematch of last year's semifinals, a game the Thunder won 42-32 on the way to the state title.