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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 9:52 am | Updated: 10:07 am, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

Norris Vaughan is perceived as a wing-t loving, run-at-all-costs offensive play caller.

The Mountain Pointe record books say otherwise.

After last week’s record-breaking day by junior Jalen Brown, the Pride players have broken most of the school’s passing records since Vaughan took over four seasons ago.

Brown broke the school record for yards in a game with 251 yards to top Mike Collins’ mark of 184 in 1993.

Collins might want to stop reading as this point.

The big night pushed Brown to the top of the career leaderboard in Pride history in catches (97), yards (1,622) and touchdowns (19).

“We made a point of getting the ball to him,” Pride offensive coordinator Eric Lauer said. “He is so special at getting to any ball we have to take our shots.”

It knocked Collins out in all three categories after he finished his career, which was from 1992 to 1994, with 95 catches for 1,493 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Brown also had an interception last week against Corona de Sol to give him 11 in his career to close in on the school record of 14, which is held by, you guessed it, Collins.

Also during the Vaughan era, the team threw for the most passing yards in a season with 1,708 in 2010 and Kyle Faunce set the mark for touchdown passes (16) for a season and yards passing for an individual (1,691).

All of those records stand the chance of going down this year as junior Antonio Hinojosa has 13 touchdown passes with at least four games to go in the season.

He also has 1,214 yards and the team has 1,320 yards.

Additionally, Garrett Holle’s record-breaking season of 51 catches and 904 yards from 2010 should be challenged by Brown, who already tied the record for most TD catches in a season of 10 last year with Travis Hardee (2005).

Where’s the lisp

Hinds did his best Lout Holtz impression this week when talking about playing Mesquite, which comes in with a 1-6 record.

“They are probably best 1-6 team in state,” he said. “I saw they moved the ball against Hamilton. We definitely cannot take them lately.”

Rejuvenated Warren

Mountain Pointe senior running back Thomas Warren has been a great inside runner this year, giving the Pride a great 1-2 punch along with Garette Craig.

Warren, who has an offer from New Mexico State, has 67 carries for 498 yards and five touchdowns, while Craig has 100 carries for 78 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Warren came on as sophomore, seemingly took a step back last season and has been a tough runner along starting as a cornerback.

“He’s faster now,” Vaughan said. “He’s worked really hard and has done some good things. We are really happy with how he has played.”

Faster start

Desert Vista senior wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro feels the team needs to play with more emotion.

“We have to come out stronger,” he said. “We came out of flat (against Hamilton). We need to play with more emotion because we were pretty flat.”

Senior fullback Zach Gonzalez had similar thoughts.

“We have to have a positive attitude when we get down like we did (16-0 against Hamilton),” he said. “We have to keep it under control and fight for what we want.”

Power rankings

The Pride sit at No. 2 in Division I behind Desert Ridge, while the Thunder are eighth heading into this week.

If the postseason started today Mountain Pointe would host Avondale Westview, which isn’t in the top 16 put is the second highest record Section I team at No. 19. (The top three in each of the three sections get into the state playoffs regardless of their overall standing).

Desert Vista would play Red Mountain.

Of course there are three more weeks so it will all change, but fun to project anyway.

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

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