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.