The clash of colors should have been disorienting.
Every neon color known to man worn by the student body, the Cardinal red of the complex in the background, and the black and gold of the Pride in the forefront all mashed together should have been something only someone afflicted with color blindness could get away with normally.
But they made it work because Saturday was anything but a normal day.
It was a school that has a special bond with its football program, forged by a head coach that has brought his Georgian beliefs with him to Ahwatukee by the way of Wickenburg, winning on the biggest stage of Arizona high school athletics.
Mountain Pointe won its first state championship in football when the Pride beat Hamilton 42-19 for the Division I title at University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 30.
“I can’t even describe everything that’s going on right now and what these four years have meant,” Pride senior defensive end Charlie Trevino said as he collected himself. “Doing this with all my guys, and our fans, is crazy. I hope this feeling lasts forever.”
The exhilaration will eventually lessen, but the memories won’t.
It will be Natrell Curtis holding up the golden ball trophy four months after promising a state title in August, Jalen Brown dancing in the pregame locker room, principal Bruce Kipper in the corner of the end zone “unable to catch” his breath as the final minutes ticked away, Wesley Payne throwing a perfectly placed pass, Mitchell Fraboni and Charlie Trevino meeting at the quarterback, Paul Lucas sprinting, and Dominique Fenstermacher breaking up passes.
It’s the Lauer, Hernandez, Fraboni, Griffin, Vaughan and other families sharing hugs on the field at the Cardinals’ stadium that all but guarantees future Thanksgiving stories revolving around the championship weekend and what this team accomplished.
“There has been so much that has gone into this (outcome),” senior linebacker Trey Lauer said in the locker room after the game. “Coach (Norris) Vaughan coming in and setting the tone, some of us deciding Mountain Pointe was the place we wanted to be and all of the hard work put us in position.
“We just had to finish it off.”
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