Desert Vista should have the services of safety Nick Farina for tonight’s game at Mesa.

He is expected to start, but how long he plays is the question.

If the Thunder can get up early, the preseason all-state pick probably will come out early. The coaching staff wants to get him some action before their bye week and the Ahwatukee Bowl when Desert Vista hosts Mountain Pointe on Sept. 7.

“He should be able to go,” Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said. “Nick is an important part of what we do and we will be a lot better with him in there.”

Farina missed the scrimmage and season opener with an knee issue.

Senior offensive guard Mitch Wehrli is still on pace to make his debut against the Pride after having knee surgery in the spring.

Early in the week Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan said Thair Blakes and Tre Campbell were banged up but expected to play.

Good to go

After having last Wednesday’s freshmen game moved to Hamilton because the field at Karl Kiefer Stadium flooded, everything should be good to go for tonight. The JV game was played at Mountain Pointe.

Mountain Pointe athletic director Ian Moses said it was wet today and they were throwing diamond dry on this morning, but he wasn’t confident all will be fine.

Three for three?

Hamilton won the freshmen and junior varsity contests this week. The freshmen game was a blow out and the JV game was down to the wire.

Ready to roll

Hamilton’s season ended abruptly last year thanks to the 45-19 pounding by Desert Vista in the state title game.

The Huskies will be ready to go and coach Steve Belles said playing a quality opponent like Mountain Pointe to open the year doesn’t leave much room for a bumpy beginning.

“It lets you know where you are and what you have to work on,” Belles said. “It’s important to get off to a good start.

“It’s a big momentum pusher in terms of early season.”

Hamilton scrapped for a 17-7 win in the opener last year when they had a young offensive line. Most of those guys are back now.

“We didn’t play well in that game and they were with us until the bitter end,” Belles said. “We had chances in their red zone and goal line and messed up a lot of things. We can’t make those mistakes again.”

He is impressed what Mountain Pointe has showed in since the end of last year.

“They looked really good,” he said. “They have a lot going for them. Their lefty quarterback (Antonio Hinojosa) can really sling it.”

As far as his offense Belles said they game plan wasn’t leaning one way or another.

“Mountain Pointe likes to keep everything underneath,” he said. “I don’t have any preconceived ideas about running or passing more than another. We’re going to take whatever they give us and whatever we earn.”

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