With a little less than seven minutes to go in its game against visiting Mesa Friday night, Desert Vista's shutout streak - at that point spanning seven-and-a-half quarters of football and 89 minutes of game action - came to an end.
But it was only seven minutes later that a new streak was officially on the books - this time a winning streak, with a dominant 38-6 win giving the Thunder a 2-0 start on the young season.
"What can I say? I thought our kids played better - a lot better - than they did last week," Hinds said, referencing the Thunder's 63-0 walloping of Phoenix Maryvale to kick off the season.
While it might not have been with as much reckless abandon as last week's outing, and not necessarily as often, Desert Vista (2-0) popped off a pair of early touchdown's in this contest, too, scoring on first-quarter runs of 90 and 40 yards by Kaleb Germinaro and Michael Arredondo, respectively.
"It's always good to get up on people quick like that. Just as a team in general, for us coaches that's just a great way to start a game," Hinds said of the confidence it not only brings the players, but the playcallers on the coaching staff as well.
Desert Vista would add a 22-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Rodriguez to Dominic Kereluk and a 23-yard field goal from Scotty Goldfein in the second, and touchdown runs of 3 and 1 yards by Arredondo and Kereluk, respectively, in the third.
Despite falling behind 38-0 and the ultimate lopsided score, it was obvious that Mesa (0-1) never quit on the game. The Jackrabbits continued to hit hard, force fumbles, and sack Rodriguez multiple times. The Jackrabbits efforts - especially those of running back Brandon McCown and quarterback Jeremy Noble - to get on the board paid off late in the fourth, when Noble ran it in from a yard out with 6:43 to play to cap the scoring.
Noble's numbers - 4 of 10 passing for 20 yards and 13 carries - underscored his value toward keeping the score from ending up worse.
Kereluk's touchdowns may have come after the Thunder had already gained a bit of lead, but the manner in which he scored may be most noteworthy. The senior back fumbled twice over his first three carries - losing both - but got back in the action thanks, in part, to Rodriguez.
While he only finished 18 yards rushing, Kereluk caught that 22-yard touchdown pass along with another 60-yard catch and run from Rodriguez. He took that play to the 1-yard line and scored on the ground on the next play.
"We've got a lot of great players on this team. A lot of really great running backs. Dominic, he's one of those guys," Hinds said. "Kids make mistakes, so we're going to get them back in and make sure they that we're never going to give up on a kid. He had a good game after that."
As for the shutout mark coming to a close, Arredondo acknowledged that being the only 2-0 big-school team in the state so far - Desert Vista's matchup with Maryvale was the first game of the season - is more important.
"Our defense has been trying to create a culture around here all summer," Arredondo said. "It's showing."
Defensive end Lorenzo Melvin added to his big week one output with another sack against the Jackrabbits, while defensive backs Matt Smith and Mark Smith each carded interceptions for the Thunder.
Rodriguez noted that having the chance to be revved up and ready for game two while the opponent is just starting its season can go both ways.
"The only problem with it is that they've been practicing for us all summer, and we've only had them for a week, Rodriguez said. "But I'd rather have it the way it happened any day."
Rodriguez finished 6 of 8 for 136 yards and a touchdown through the air, while Germinaro ran for 138 yards and the long touchdown on just four carries. Arredondo carried the ball six times for 77 yards with two scores.
After playing that opener before most of the state got underway last week, it's Desert Vista's turn now to let the rest of the pack catch back up. The Thunder have a bye, before facing rival Mountain Pointe in the newly-termed "Ahwatukee Memorial Bowl," on Sept. 9. The game is being billed as a commemorative event surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.
Check back Sunday for the AFN's new feature - Sunday Rewind with this week's subject being Mountain Pointe quarterback Dillan Johnson.
Mesa 0 0 0 6 6
Desert Vista 14 10 14 0 38
First Downs 13 15
Rushes-Yards 36-135 23-285
Passing yards 20 136
Comp-Att-Int 4-10-2 5-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3
Penalties-Yards 4-30 10-100
Desert Vista (2-0) defeated Mesa (0-1) in a Division 1 non-sectional matchup in Ahwatukee Foothills.
On his first carry of the game, Desert Vista's Caleb Germinaro took the fly sweep 90 yards for a touchdown, giving Desert Vista its first score of the night with 8:12 to play in the first quarter.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Desert Vista running back Dominic Kereluk was undoubtedly down, and it would have been understandable if coach Dan Hinds held him out after the senior running back fumbled two of his first three carries. But Kereluk powered through, catching two passes for 88 yards and scoring on a 22-yard pass and a 1-yard run during the rout.
It took Desert Vista seven-and-a-half quarters - or 89 minutes of game clock - to give up a point this season. The Thunder have outscored their opponents 101-6 in two games this season.
DV - Germinaro 90 run (Goldfein kick) (1st, 8:17)
DV - Arredondo 40 run (Goldfein kick) (1st, 4:51)
DV - Kereluk 22 pass from Rodriguez (Goldfein kick) (2nd, 5:28)
DV - Goldfein 23 field goal (2nd, :42)
DV - Arredondo 3 run (Goldfein kick) (3rd, 10:13)
DV - Kereluk 1 run (Golfein kick) (3rd, 5:53)
M - Noble 1 run (kick failed) 4th, 6:43)