Rim of the
Most noteworthy is its most famous graduate, figure skater Michelle Kwan, whom high school friends referred to as "Shelly."
Then there were its four state girls volleyball championships, the most recent in 2004.
Then, of course, there was the
wildfire that evacuated the
Not that Rim hasn't had some success in football. Its 1976 team, quarterbacked by current coach Bob Gradillas, won a CIF title.
Also, its 2003 team, until the wildfire hit, was 7-0. It finished 8-2.
When Wahle's introduction for last
Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys was filmed, the former Fighting Scot
eschewed describing himself as being from the
Unbeaten entering tonight's game
"People are pretty excited, but we
have some work ahead of us," Gradillas said. "
The same can be said of Rim of the World, which boasts elusive senior running back Daylan Swedlow, running behind a strong offensive line. Swedlow has rushed for 1,189 yards and 13 touchdowns. In his last game, a 42-17 win against defending league champion Hesperia Sultana, he rambled for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
The offense averages nearly 29
points per game, piling up touchdowns in the chilled mountain air which
routinely prompt its band to play "
The defense is solid, led by lineman Bobby Martinez, linebackers Alec Hutton and Daniel Brandenberger, ends Jim O'Brien and Ryan Hohman and backs Matt Offerman and Brad Boles. It yields an average of fewer than 10 points per game.
Rim also was 7-0 in 2003 before the wildfire hit. After the area was evacuated and school suspended, the Fighting Scots took up residence in a Hesperia motel. They practiced every day at Sultana, in preparation for the season's defining game, an epic showdown with Serrano. Rim led most of the game before Serrano scored in the final minute to win 30-29.
After the game, the 2000 in
attendance - including USC coach Pete Carroll who watched with some friends from
Relegated to second place that season, the Scots' unfortunate finish left a bad taste. Gradillas acknowledged its something his current team has discussed.
Greg Gilmer leads the Sun Devils in scoring with 71 points. The tight end/linebacker/placekicker/punter sprained an ankle in last week's 21-14 win against Serrano, but should be able to play tonight.
Other Sun Devil defensive standouts include linebackers Jumaane Bey and Casey Hayes, lineman Kris Barr and back Alvin Worthy.
"Rim is a solid football team, Pulice said. "The most impressive thing is their line play. That offensive line opens up some nice holes for Swedlow."