FIELDER'S CHOICES: Southeast offering lots of early intrigue


I wasn’t able to see a lot of football last week, so I’m not sure how I did with my predictions.

My social studies teacher made me volunteer at the snack shack (what’s so social about those studies, anyway?). My phone was lighting up, but I got the details on only a few games.

Now that I’m done grilling burgers and cooking sliders, let’s get back to some football.

It’s still early, but three of the four leagues already are looking similar to last year (and just about any other year, at that): Las Vegas is cruising in the Northeast, Palo Verde tops the Northwest (with wins against the top two contenders), and Bishop Gorman is in a league of its own.

The Southeast, though, offers a little more intrigue. Is Foothill for real? Is Green Valley back? And there’s the 800-pound gorilla ... er, Dragon ... in the room in Del Sol.

I’ll be back in the stands this week, so try to spot me; I’m the guy who ages well.

Here are a few of this week’s top games. Check out the rest at Nevadapreps.com.

Green Valley (2-1, 1-0) at Foothill (4-0, 1-0)

Raise your hand if you expected Foothill to start 4-0 behind a sophomore quarterback.

Liars. Neither did I. But that’s exactly where Drew Doxtator has led the Falcons, with help from Kyle Keplinger.

On the other side of Henderson, everyone’s feeling the love at Green Valley — Aaron Love, that is.

The senior running back had a monster night in the Henderson Bowl last week, and his play is a major reason the Gators are undefeated against in-state competition.

Until tonight, that is ... Foothill by 6.

Desert Pines (0-3, 0-1) at Las Vegas (3-0, 1-0)

The Jaguars are another team that looked a lot better before the first kickoff of the year.

Were it not for a questionable fake punt against Canyon Springs last week, Desert Pines might have found its first win of the season.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, have continued to roll.

Hasaan Henderson has been as good as advertised, and I hear there’s a chance he could be wearing red — UNLV scarlet red — next year.

Desert Pines can’t start 0-4, can it? Uh, yeah ... Las Vegas by 10.

Desert Oasis (1-2, 1-1) at Bonanza (4-0, 3-0)

It took Trevon Barnes only one touch to give the Diamondbacks their first win of the year.

Opening against Foothill and Gorman doesn’t help anyone, but it’s good to get that monkey off the back.

Few people would have figured the Bengals to have a perfect record this late into the season. Yet here they are.

The Bengals seem to be making a habit of comebacks, with their third rally win of the season last week against Durango.

Eventually that late-game magic is going to run out.

A team that put up 77 points on them last year could do it ... Desert Oasis by 7.

Arbor View (3-1, 2-1) at Legacy (2-1, 2-1)

Donnie Gaskin proved last week that Arbor View is more than a one-man show when Roderick Eason isn’t at his best.

One star running back can get you a few wins in Southern Nevada. Two running backs, and you should be playoff-bound.

An opening-week loss to Cheyenne didn’t bury the Longhorns, but wins over Faith Lutheran and Shadow Ridge this year hardly are convincing.

De’Andre Hughes could give the Longhorns a spark when they have the ball tonight.

But that won’t be for long ... Arbor View by 9.

Silverado (1-2, 0-1) at Liberty (2-1, 0-0)

At the beginning of the year, this looked like a marquee matchup in the Southeast.

Then Silverado slid into its current position, and Liberty dropped its opener.

The Patriots seemed to have worked out their kinks since their loss to Arbor View, and Niko Kapeli has them readying for another playoff berth.

Izaiah Thurmon and the Skyhawks had Del Sol on the ropes last week. If football wasn’t played in two halves, they’d be undefeated in league play right now.

Instead, they’re about to be 0-2 ... Liberty by 17.

Cheyenne (3-0, 2-0) at Faith Lutheran (1-2, 1-2)

Faith Lutheran has sputtered out of the gates, but it’s hard to count out the Crusaders in just about any sport.

Myloe Lewis is a huge reason for Cheyenne’s early success, and Kenneth Counts’ swipe to block a Legacy extra point is another one.

These two teams have been known to play close games in the past.

This one won’t be any different ... Cheyenne by 5.

Durango (1-3, 1-2) at Clark (1-2, 1-2)

The Trailblazers have been on the wrong end of most their results in the early season, but — to their credit — have played a rough schedule.

Four of the five remaining teams on Durango’s campaign didn’t make the playoffs last year, so things should settle down a bit.

Arie McQuaig has been rumbling for Durango, and nothing’s been able to slow him down.
Maybe a power outage, and last year’s game had that.

Don’t count on it ... Durango by 2.


Indian Springs (2-1, 0-1) at Spring Mountain (3-0, 1-0)

Devin Jackson was on a roll for Indian Springs before the Thunderbirds hit a wall called Pahranagat Valley.

They’re challenge this weak isn’t as strong, but no less intense.

The Golden Eagles scored in almost every way possible in back-to-back routs to open the season, then barely escaped from Tonopah with a win last week.

If Spring Mountain wins, maybe the Golden Eagles can finally get a parking lot.

Bring out the asphalt ... Spring Mountain by 3.
Last week: 5-3 (overall), 3-5 (with points)
Season: 20-12 (overall), 14-18 (with points).