High school coaches love to play the "teenagers are hard to figure out" card when things aren’t going well. In the case of Tempe High football coach Mark Rhiner, apparently that cliché is right on target.
In their first eight games of the season, the Buffaloes scored a total of 64 points. That is an average of 9.1 points per game. Not surprisingly, Tempe won only one of those games, a 27-14 victory at Page which accounted for 42 percent of their season point total.
You have to wonder if Rhiner recruited a new team to play last Friday as the Buffaloes erupted offensively, beating Coronado 59-18. Rhiner, though, said it was the same team.
"Things just kind of clicked," said Rhiner, putting himself in the running for the understatement of the season. "Donovan did a good job. He threw the ball well and ran the ball well."
Donovan is quarterback Donovan Garza. All he did was run for four touchdowns and throw for another three.
The victory put 2-6 Tempe back in the 4A Division II race for a spot in the 16-team playoffs. They will enter Friday night’s game against topranked Arcadia tied for the 16th and final playoff spot.
Local trio selected for national
camp: The Desert Mountain duo of Angela Duckworth and Whitney Lopus, and Christine Olson of Mesquite, have been selected to be among 30 swimmers nationally to participate in the USA Swimming National Select Camp, Nov. 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Duckworth, a sophomore and the defending 5A state champion in the 500-yard freestyle, was the first of two representatives chosen for the 800-meter freestyle event. Participants are chosen based on Summer National competition times, with two participants chosen for each of six events for boys and girls.
Lopus, also a sophomore and the defending 5A state champion in the 200 freestyle, was the second of two representatives in the 400 freestyle, while Olson, a freshman, qualified in the 200 breaststroke.
All three are members of Sun Devil Aquatics, a local competitive swim program.