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State title game: Moses is as crazy on Game Day as this week's schedule

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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 10:27 pm | Updated: 12:50 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

So much is happening at Mountain Pointe with the Pride in the state championship game there are very few spare moments right about now.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Pride athletic director Ian Moses said leaning back in his office chair.

The school has never been part of this process so he started to get advice on Saturday morning from former Mountain Pointe athletic director and current Hamilton assistant principal Dick Baniszewski, who has been through a few with the Huskies as they prepare for their fifth straight title game.

“He’s been a huge help with all of the little things that have to be taken care of,” Moses said. “It’s a hectic week.”

One man's hectic is another man's way saving grace.

He is happy to be doing anything that might keep his mind off at what is at stake otherwise with Moses it just might not be safe.

To be kind, he is a but neurotic during games and that's when they are playing Buena let alone getting a shot at the state title while facing the state's top program.

So instead of thinking about the possibility of actually being crowned state champion, Moses will focus on the craziness that lies ahead this week.

The Pride will take part in the AIA press conferences on Tuesday at Wolfley’s Neighborhood Grill, there is a pep rally Wednesday at 1 p.m. and the team will go through a walk through at University of Phoenix Stadium at 6 p.m. that evening.

Thursday, of course, is Turkey Day so he might get some reprieve.

Moses, who is as superstitious as anyone could imagine, will be a ball of nerves on Friday simply because his body clock will think it is Game Day as it is most weeks.

My best wishes to his wife, Heather, when he starts pacing around 7 p.m. on Friday.

The game starts at 12:07 p.m. on Saturday (and can be watched on Fox Sports Arizona) but the Pride will be on the road long before then considering locker rooms open at 10 a.m. and the team takes the field for warm-ups at 10:50 a.m.

Once the game starts there is about 10 percent chance he will be on the field watching the game as he will try and take his customary position on road games of staying in the locker room (he goes to his office and turns out the lights at home).

If he can hear the game he doesn’t do well. It’s to the point where the roar of the crowd could only mean positive things for the opposition.

Every move he makes has a direct influence on the game, don't you know.

Yes, he is that crazy during games.

Anywho, here is some more information about the impending big game.

Tickets will be available at the school on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the school lobby.

They may also be purchased at the Cardinals Training Facility, which is located at the northeast corner of Warner and Hardy in Tempe, Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office at the stadium opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Adult tickets are $10 and students are $6.

Game Day shirts will be sold beginning Tuesday on campus by the Football Boosters starting at approximately at noon. The cost is $10. Shirts may be purchased Wednesday evening in the gym lobby during the home wrestling match against Perry

There will be busing available to the students wanting to attend the game. The buses will leave the school at 9 a.m. and will leave the stadium for Ahwatukee 30 minutes after the game

The student council is organizing a tailgate at the stadium. Look for the large MP flag.

The Mountain Pointe band will perform at halftime and the Pride’s spirit line will take the field at the end of the third quarter.

So, yeah, there is just a little bit going on at Knox Rd this week.

But not as much as what's happening in Moses head during the game.

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

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