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Vaughan approaching win No. 250, is 300 possible?

Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:40 am | Updated: 9:49 am, Wed Oct 7, 2015.

If Mountain Pointe continues to play at a high level, Pride coach Norris Vaughan will surpass the 250 career win milestone this season.

He entered the year with a career mark of 241-98-2 record dating back to about 1980 when he picked up a few wins as an interim coach in Georgia.

He sits at 247 after Thursday’s win in the Tukee Bowl, but insists winning 300 career games is something he is set on accomplishing.

“If I was at 299 and if felt like I couldn’t be effective anymore I’d quit,” he said. “I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon, but you never know. To do that would be six or seven more seasons. It’s possible.”

Considering the rate at which Vaughan has won (117-19 for an 86.02 winning percentage) since coming to Arizona, Vaughan could reach 300 in about four seasons or five if there is a little bit of a drop off one year.

“I never thought about winning 200 even,” he said of his early days in Georgia. “One hundred was a number that I thought was possible.”

Vaughan has coached six different programs with all of them being reclamation projections, never taking over a squad that won more than three games the year before he put his winning imprint on the program.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Former William Penn football coach Eric Lauer still searches for who he truly is in Arizona

From York to Arizona, Eric Lauer recognizes purpose in upbringing, and continues to grow

By Frank Bodani

fbodani@ydr.com @YDRPennState on Twitter

 

Coach Lauer

Eric Lauer, an offensive coordinator with Mountain Pointe High School football team, checks on an injured player during an early June seven-on-seven tournament on the Arizona State University campus. Lauer, biracial and adopted, said football helped him fit in growing up in York. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)

The Cards “Coach-of-the-Week” award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Adam Richman, Manager of Alumni Relations Damien Anderson, NBC-12 sports anchor Bruce Cooper, Channel 15 sports anchor Craig Fouhy, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reporter Craig Grialou, former Arizona high school coach Emil Nasser and AIA high school official Paul Edge.

The Cardinals “Coach-of-the-Week” program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell, Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Bruce Arians. Cardinals Cheerleaders and team mascot Big Red will present the school with $1,000 to support its football programon behalf of Cardinals Charities.

2014 Winners
Week 1: Derek Wahlstrom, Verrado HS
Week 2: Larry Fetkenhier, Cactus HS
Week 3: Brandon Willard, Boulder Creek HS
Week 4: Norris Vaughan, Mountain Pointe HS

 

 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VARSITY TEAM WHO WENT UP TO NAU ON JUNE 15, 2013, AND WON THE 7 ON 7 TOURNAMENT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW BY BEATING SCOTTSDALE HORIZON IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. WAY TO GO MOUTAIN POINTE!!

The Mountain Pointe Football Program put in a lot of hours and racked up many miles this summer. Players lifted weights four days a week and practiced twice a week for the majority of their vacation. We are proud of their work and accomplishments and the players understand that this is only the beginning…

Kicking off the summer activities were the U of A and ASU passing league tournaments, respectively. Both the varsity and JV teams participated in these events. At U of A, the varsity team played into the semi-final game against Basha only to fall short in the end (they would later redeem themselves) and the JV team played well into the afternoon. At ASU our lineman competed in the Big Man challenge with some of the most exciting and anticipated one-on-one match-ups in the competition.

By the middle of June we were ready to find some cooler whether. The varsity skill players spent a weekend in Flagstaff at the NAU High Mountain Challenge. Our 7 on 7 team compiled impressive wins over Chaparral, Marcos de Niza and Saguaro. By the end of a very long day, the Pride were undefeated heading into the championship game against Basha. The championship game was an incredibly hard fought battle and both teams traded scores. Finally, with 24 seconds left Jalen Brown caught the go-ahead score to put the pride on top; but he wasn’t done. Jalen intercepted Basha’s final Hail Mary in the endzone to cement the victory. The Pride took home the Championship Axe awarded by coach Jerome Souers and his staff.

While the skill players headed up north, the big men took a little trip of their own. In June, several Pride lineman headed out to sunny California and the University of San Diego lineman camp. The lineman had the opportunity to get coached up by Div. I football coaches and compete against many talented Southern California players. They also made a little excursion to the beach!

In July, the entire varsity football team took a bus up to Round Valley High School in Springerville/Eagar, AZ for football camp. The players woke up at 5am every morning to run the hill before breakfast. The team practiced in the Dome two times a day. I was great to be out of the heat and really focus on football for a few days.