Tanner Lopez has just about run the gamut of positions in his third year in the Chandler High football program.
As position switches have mounted and spots played have become less and less glamorous, his niche has finally surfaced this year.
Eduardo Roa of McClintock and Lauren Cooper of Ironwood Ridge were the individual winners at the Ojo Rojo Invitational at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Mesa Mountain View won the boys and girls team competition.
You play on a team that heads to halftime trailing, 13-0.
Not a huge deficit. Maybe not all that much to get shook up about.
But your team only runs 12 plays in the first half. Your team picks up zero first downs. The opposition piles up 261 yards to 22 for your team.
What does your team expect from the coaching staff at halftime?
\\\"We just threw a little fit,\\\" Basha coach Bernie Busken said.
Chandler High and Brophy Prep accomplished some things Thursday night.
Both got to see things they needed for later in the season. But only one couid come away with the victory at Austin Field and the W went to the host Wolves.
Chandler fought off a third-quarter surge by Brophy with a similar fourth quarter that turned the tables and produced a 43-29 victory in a 5A Fiesta Region clash.
There's no hiding Mo Latu.
During team pictures recently Perry High's two-way lineman was positioned in the back row center. Seated amidst 40 or so other teammates that would serve to obscure him.
Yet Latu is not engulfed. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, the senior sticks out like a sore thumb with extra wide shoulders making it impossible to hide him.