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Wesley Payne’s right ankle was taped, his gait was altered and the pain was persistent, but his mentality mirrored that of Mountain Pointe’s season.
Mountain Pointe is returning to the scene of the crime and that’s no cliché.
The order of business for Mountain Pointe wasn’t much different than the previous weeks.
After Mountain Pointe defeated Dobson 57-3, the players shook their opponents’ hands, sang the fight song with the band and smiled at the fans’ signs reading “10-0.”
Desert Vista showed on its first drive of the game it was ready to do things a little differently.
It was an uphill battle from the start and not a good sign for a team fighting for its postseason livelihood.
Desert Vista senior wide receiver Richard Haywood made a costly mistake early, but made up for it later to spark the Thunder’s 21-10 win over Dobson on Friday.
The Mountain Pointe football team has been described as athletic, fast, quick and plenty of other superlatives on the way to being considered Division I’s premier team and nationally ranked.
It may have been Mountain Pointe’s Senior Night, but it was a junior who had the best performance Friday.
PEORIA - It was a lethal, and telling, combination that Desert Vista has come to know all too well this season.
The cliché was playing out true to form at Thunder Stadium on Friday night as the 17th edition of the Ahwatukee Bowl reached its halfway point.
Ever since Paul Lucas dazzled the state with his electric 100-meter dash state title run last spring, he figured to be an asset for the Mountain Pointe football team.
Sometimes it only takes one type of play.
The Mountain Pointe football transformation won’t be complete until a state title has been won.
CHANDLER – The embodiment of Mountain Pointe football – physical, athletic and relentless – was helped off the field.
With just under seven minutes left in the game Desert Vista had a slim 3-point lead and Tucson Mountain View was threatening inside the Thunder territory, it was vital for the Thunder to come up with a big play.
Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan did not want to run up the score.
ANTHEM – People outside of the program had questions about Desert Vista heading into the football season.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds had few goals heading into their game against North.
LAVEEN – Ka’wuan Ellis might have overshot it just a tad, but he still has some bragging rights.
SAN DIEGO – All of the preparation and pregame talk heading into the first game of the season can be a bit of an illusion.
The lightning may have delayed the game but it did not take long for Mountain Pointe to strike against North.
LAS VEGAS –The first one stunned Bishop Gorman. The last 10 seemingly broke the will of a perennial national power.
When Norris Vaughan is excited he can’t contain himself, words flow from his mouth that maybe shouldn’t, and his smile reaches a new level.
Mountain Pointe reverted back to basics by utilizing a strong rushing attack that carried the Pride to a quarterfinal victory over Scottsdale Desert Mountain 45-14 on Friday night.