TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If you had walked in to Nighthawk Stadium on Wednesday night knowing absolutely nothing about the history of the Ironwood Ridge High School football program, you might have walked out thinking they are one of the worst teams in Southern Arizona.
Matt Johnson's crew struggled all night just to negotiate the shotgun snap from the center to the quarterback.
The ball flew high in the air and past the signal caller more times than you could count.
But this is the Ridge. The Nighthawks have missed the playoffs just once in their history and that was in their inaugural season in 2002.
That's a 15-year playoff streak with one state championship (Div. II-2012) so you have to believe that the veteran coach and his staff will have IRHS' offensive issues ironed out when they travel to the Black Hole on Thursday night August 16 to open the season against Mountain View.
Johnson's Nighthawks have averaged nine wins per season since he took over for Gary Minor in 2009.
The track record of success certainly outweighs one not so impressive night in early August.
After all that's what scrimmages are for; to work out the kinks in a game type environment.
And on "The Ridge" that means the lights were on and a portion of the famed "Senior Babes" support group aligned the raucous student-section known as the Hawks' Nest.
If the ball sails high and above the quarterback repeatedly next Wednesday night. Then it might be time to worry.
But probably on a little.