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Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2006 10:52 am | Updated: 3:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A rivalry between Scottsdale high schools appears to have gone from the football field to a spray can.

The Saguaro High School football team lost to Chaparral High on Friday, and now Scottsdale police are investigating an incident that involved profanities spray-painted on Saguaro’s football field and areas near it sometime between 8:30 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The timing indicates it could’ve been done by rival students at Chaparral, according to a police report.

“It’sOver!,”“Firebirds”, “CHS”, “Goodbye”, “You suck” and “R.I.P” were among the milder statements spray-painted in red-and-white letters, according to a police report. Those are Chaparral’s school colors. Empty red paint cans were found on the Saguaro football and softball fields, according to the vandalism report.

Chaparral athletic director Antone Nowak provided a student’s name to police as an investigative lead Tuesday because a school resource officer heard him make inappropriate comments during the game, according to a police report.

Police said there are no suspects at this time. On Wednesday, Nowak declined comment concerning the incident. Saguaro High School principal Tyrus Timbrooks didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.

Damages was estimated between $500 and $1,000. There was no damage to any buildings, said Marijke Van Fleet, Scottsdale Unified School District spokeswoman. Anyone with information about the vandalism should call Scottsdale police at (480) 312-5000.

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