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DV hold its own in Chandler scrimmage

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:11 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

Scrimmages are tough to judge.

It’s not a real game, hitting the quarterback often isn’t allowed and coaches are putting players in different roles to see how they will handle it.

With the said, all indicators – aka tweets – are Desert Vista handled itself pretty well against Chandler on Wednesday night. The Wolves, playing without their top receiver Dionte Sykes, are ranked among the top five in most preseason polls, while the Thunder are kind of a unknown because of the loss of large senior classes in recent years.

I wasn’t there but coach Dan Hinds said several players – Cade van Raaphorst, Johnnie Johnson, TJ Roberts, Bobby Delgado and Richard Haywood – all ripped off big plays on offense while the offensive line showed good unity.

Defensively, the Thunder showed the knack for getting turnovers, which has been a trademark the last three years, as Jason King, Will Barfield, Delgado and Jalen Jelks disrupted the Chandler offense.

“We met the goals we had heading into it,” Hinds did. “We did some good things overall and we didn’t make a lot of mental mistakes like jumping offsides that usually happen in scrimmages.

“We came off the ball, were aggressive and came out of it feeling pretty good.”

Hinds said there is still plenty of work to do before next week’s opener against Mission Hills in California.

“There were some timing issues,” he said. “We have plenty of things to clear up. We are doing some shotgun this year with Cade and we had some issues, but overall it was pretty positive.”

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

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