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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:00 pm

While most of the football schedules are still unsettled, the two area programs are starting to get some answers.

Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said the school decided to turn down the offer to drop Chandler Hamilton, an opponent picked by the computer, so the Huskies could play Scottsdale Chaparral.

In that scenario, Chaparral would drop Tempe Marcos de Niza and then Marcos and Desert Vista would play each other.

"We didn't think that was the right fit," Hinds said. "With that said, it has nothing to do with Marcos, we have great respect for Marcos and (coach) Roy (Lopez). We just felt we didn't want to not play Hamilton."

Hamilton and Chaparral coaches came up with this idea so the defending Class 5A Division I and Division II champions, who many consider the two best programs in the state, could finally play each other.

Hinds added that the Thunder will play Class 4A Division I power Scottsdale Saguaro, state champs four times in the last five seasons, but they are still searching for a 10th game.

"We play everybody and we like to play all of the best teams," said Hinds, adding that's one of the reasons they didn't want to drop Hamilton. "We are on their level and it gets us ready for the playoffs. That's what it is all about.

"We want to constantly improve and get on a roll at the end of the season. Playing great teams like Saguaro does that. When you play the best you get better. That's what helped us last year, playing all of those good teams down the stretch to get ready for the playoffs."

Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan confirmed that the Pride will travel to Yuma Kofa and host Sierra Vista Buena to complete its schedule.

Here is a rundown of both teams' schedules created by the computer used by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, along with the known games agreed upon by the schools.

Desert Vista: Home - Mesa, Mesa Westwood, Mesa Dobson and Chandler. Away - Saguaro, Tempe Corona del Sol, Hamilton, Gilbert Mesquite and Mountain Pointe.

Mountain Pointe: Home - Desert Vista, Buena, Phoenix Brophy, Corona del Sol and Westwood. Away - Chandler, Hamilton, Mesa, Mesa Mountain View and Kofa.

The scheduling has brought plenty of complaints and even caused one football program - Phoenix North Pointe Prep - to drop the sport because it was afraid for their player's safety.

North Pointe is a charter school with less than 500 students and played in Class 2A last season and went 2-7 against schools its size.

The computer had North Pointe playing Phoenix Thunderbird and Glendale Cactus, schools that have a student body of more than 1,300 students and have won recent state titles.


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