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No. 2 Mountain Pointe at No. 4 Chandler

Most followers are drooling over the Hamilton vs. Mountain Pointe matchup next week, but this is easily the marquee game of the week, so nobody is putting any carts before the horses here. Speaking of horses, both sides have them aplenty. Chandler showed its vast potential against a good Centennial team in Week 1, then hammered slightly-lesser competition until last week. The Wolves led a top-5 team in the country in St. John Bosco (Calif.) 28-17 at halftime, but Bosco put up 35 points in the second half to pull away. Still, Chandler made little bones about its ability to play with anyone, and that includes Mountain Pointe. The Pride perked up everyone’s ears in beating (Las Vegas) Bishop Gorman in the Barry Sollenberger Classic, but the Pride haven’t been tested to any significant degree since then. Both sides know that will obviously change here, and there’s no reason to think this year’s meeting couldn't be even better-played and just as wild an ending as the 2012 meeting. Which team either scores last, or can stop the other one more time?

Prediction: Mountain Pointe 34, Chandler 31

--Mark Heller

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