Word started to spread soon after Desert Vista finished a stunning rally against Saguaro and were celebrating on the field, around the team buses and in the visitor's locker room.

Hamilton was in trouble. The possibility of ending the streak might not come to fruition. The Thunder was going to have their thunder, so to speak, stolen by Chandler.

"We'd prefer that they win so we have a chance to break the streak," Desert Vista senior Matt Smith said before the result was known. "We want that shot."

They're gonna get it.

Chandler led Hamilton 21-13 in the fourth quarter on Friday, but blew it as the Huskies eventually won 28-21 to win their 46th straight game.

The Huskies (6-0) come to Desert Vista (6-0) on Thursday as the three-time big-school defending champion but the foregone conclusion of a fourth straight title may no longer be there after their struggle with Chandler.

Either way, the Thunder have Hamilton's attention.

"It's going to be tough," said senior Jaxon Hood, whose grew up in the DV program as his mother was the Thunder athletic director for a spell. "They're no pushover. We know we're getting their best. They're good and we know it."

The Thunder have been confident all year, talking openly about winning the state title. It is clear that to do so they will probably have to beat Hamilton even if it isn't this meeting but in November.

Should Desert Vista, however, put an end to the longest win streak in Arizona history by a 5A/Division I program, the Thunder will have to play a more complete game than they did to get past Saguaro, 31-28, this week.

The offense controlled the clock, the line of scrimmage, but managed just one score in the first half, while the defense, which played without senior linebacker Austin Mclennan (ACL) for the first time, allowed three big plays (one run, two passes) against a Sabercat offense that was supposed to be a one-man show. The special teams had a punt blocked, missed two field goals and had some poor long snaps.

Those are all things that can be corrected and better be if Desert Vista expects to be the first team to beat Hamilton since Sept. 12, 2008 when the Huskies, who are still 17 wins away from tying the state record of 63 wins held by Lakeside Blue Ridge, lost at Centennial.

"It doesn't change anything for us," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said before knowing the outcome of the Hamilton-Chandler game. "We'll keep working hard, keep our nose to grindstone and do what we do. We will see how things go."

Hamilton coach Steve Belles said it should be the second straight test for the Huskies, who will also face undefeated Basha later in the season.

"I think it'll be good for us," he said after Friday's win. "I'm kind of glad we're both undefeated. We'll have our work cut out for us. DV is the real deal."

The Thunder, who have won 14 of its last 15 games, is ready to prove it a week after knocking off one perennial state champion. The win over Saguaro and Hamilton's near stumble has the players as confident as ever.

"It means they are vulnerable and they are just a team like anyone else," junior defensive end Melvin Lorenzo said. "They are very strong but I think we can make a win happen. We have to come out stronger and not wait until the second half or then we won't have a chance."

Plenty of opposing teams have thought the same against Hamilton during the streak, or even since the Huskies became instantly dominant - winning 92 percent of their games (164-14) since the start of the 1998 season, their first..

Eventually someone will be right.

"Streaks end," Smith said. "It's a matter of when."

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

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