Mitchell Fraboni has developed into one of Mountain Pointe's top defensive players, but it is not his most important role.

The Pride junior is the team's long snapper for field goals and punts.

"It doesn't seem like it is much but it actually is," Fraboni said. "I practice all of the time because if you make a mistake everyone knows about it.

"A lot of people don't know how much goes into it. I've been doing it since I was a little kid and they needed someone when I was a freshman (for the freshman team) and I said I could do it."

The Pride have been involved in several games this year where the long snap on the punt has been botched.

Brophy's long snapper had one go over the punter's head last week and Desert Vista's long snapper did the same and it ended up being the difference in the 23-21 win for the Pride when it led to a safety.

"There's a lot of pressure," said Fraboni, who also had a flub snap in the Ahwatukee Bowl, just not as costly. "We are in the state championship game and you don't want it to come down to something you practice all of the time."

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

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