Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s football stadium is closed for most of the summer as it is under construction.
That’s a blessing for a school that went 14-0 and was ranked among the top five high school football teams in the nation two years ago.
The Arizona Cardinals donated sod for Mountain Pointe’s football field. That takes time. Mountain Pointe figures not to be on the field until late July.
It’s a generous donation by the NFL team that picks a different school each year to help out.
“It takes a great bit of maintenance, but we have good people who can do that,” coach Norris Vaughan said. “We’re excited about it and grateful to have been chosen.”
Vaughan said there is a chance that the Pride also will have a new scoreboard in time for the 2015 season. But to play on an NFL-like field will give the Pride an extra spring in their bounce this year.
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