Took in the first scrimmage of the year as Desert Vista traveled to Brophy’s Sports Campus.
The first thing that crossed my mind was why didn’t Brophy finish off that gorgeous field with grandstands on both sides to have a nice home field instead of playing at Phoenix College?
It’s a terrific artificial turf field with a nice setting as Camelback Mountain can be seen in the distance.
Anyway, I didn’t stay as long as I’d like — my life is upside down with my only child going through her first week of kindergarten — and only saw the first teams go 10 plays each.
The Brophy offense clearly has speed with Devon Allen and Company but the Thunder held strong for the most part, but the Broncos were unable to really get anything going.
All-state candidate Nick Farina was missing at safety because of a knee issue, but it was precautionary more than anything.
The key to Thunder’s defense will be its linebacker corps and will be helped with the addition of Taylor Truelove, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound transfer from Desert Ridge who came over during the Christmas break.
Junior Anthony Reaves, who is 6-3, 205 pounds, should be a factor as well.
Senior Kaleb Germinaro played some cornerback for the first time since his freshman year the second time the Thunder first team took the field defensively. Didn’t stick around, but he clearly has the athleticism to do the job. Clearly there has to be some rust so it was the perfect situation to throw him out there.
When DV was on offense the line was missing big 6-4, 273-pound Mitch Wehrli, who tore the meniscus in one of his knees in spring ball. He told me was cleared to resume football duties Friday, can wear a helmet this coming week, and hopes to make his season debut against Mountain Pointe.
The line wasn’t at its best without him as Jarek Hilgers didn’t have much room to run, but it still took three or four defenders to bring him down.
Quarterback Matt Young looked small on the field, and I had trouble finding him at times — looking through a camera lens from the defensive side of the field — but he was decisive and accurate.
Senior Lorenzo Melvin was lining up at tight end. I’d get him the ball in the seam a lot. I’m guessing he is a beast with the ball in his hands.
DV offensive lineman Zach Tamburo was playing with a bit of an edge as always and I can see him taking over the leadership void left with the departures of JJ Dielman, Mike Arredondo and Hunter Rodriguez.
With Mountain Pointe players coaches, Hamilton coaches, and who knows who else (I swear I saw someone wearing a Mountain Ridge, Brophy’s first opponent, shirt filming the scrimmage) in attendance, neither team was going to show much but it was fun seeing some football again.
The biggest news to come out of the evening is the fact that Desert Vista is inducting the initial members into its hall of fame.
It is hard to argue with the first class of football players: Bobby Wade, Zach and Brent Miller, John Rattay and baseball player Corey Myers.
The ceremony will take place Oct. 19, the same night as homecoming.
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