Basic High football coach Jeff Cahill asked his offense for a big performance Friday, and he got one.
Devonte Boyd caught four touchdown passes, and the seventh-ranked Wolves racked up 543 yards to cruise past visiting Durango, 59-36.
“I thought we played a great game,” Cahill said. “That’s a tough Durango team.”
The score remained close throughout most of the first half. A pair of long touchdown runs gave the Trailblazers a 14-12 lead over the Wolves, who scored on passes from Jaylen Rose to Antraye Johnson and Boyd.
But Basic scored four touchdowns in the final five minutes of the second quarter to surge ahead for good.
“We got a couple of turnovers there,” Cahill said. “And the great thing is that we were able to capitalize on them.”
The scoring flurry, made possible by an onside kick and a Durango interception, included two more scoring receptions by Boyd, a 21-yard TD run by Jon Scoffield and a 13-yard TD pass from Rose to Johnson to make it 39-14 at halftime.
Cahill acknowledged that his defense left room for improvement, as Durango cut it to 39-20 when Marcus Sanders-Williams ran one up the middle for a 54-yard score on the first play of the third quarter.
“We’ve got to tighten our defense up a little bit,” the coach said.
But the Wolves answered on their next drive, taking a 45-20 lead when Johnson plunged into the end zone for a 2-yard TD with 9:18 left in the third quarter.
They maintained the lead with a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown by Scoffield, and a 9-yard pass from Rose to Boyd with 2:29 remaining.
Arie McQuaig cut it to 45-28 with a 1-yard run at the end of the third quarter for Durango, which finished with 315 yards of offense. Gene Germain added a 3-yard TD run midway through the fourth, but the Trailblazers were unable to stop Basic’s offense at critical moments.
Cahill said he sent his team onto the field knowing a victory would require several touchdowns.
“We’ve got some great players,” the coach said. “When you get those players the ball, good things are going to happen.”
Boyd finished with 144 yards on nine receptions, teammate Blake Schackel caught three passes for 101 yards, and Johnson had 100 yards on six catches. Rose, meanwhile, completed 21 of 38 passes for 371 yards.
Sanders-Williams, who finished with three touchdowns, carried 18 times for 170 yards to lead the Trailblazers. Germain carried five times for 64 yards.
Chaparral 52, Eldorado 14 — At Chaparral, Antonio Thomas rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and Jason Jonshon passed for two scores and rushed for a third as the Cowboys (3-1) stopped the Sundevils (1-1) to win the Cleat Game.
Thomas set the tone early for the Cowboys when he raced 51 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game. He later added TD runs of 8 and 4 yards as Chaparral reclaimed the rivalry trophy, adorned with Merlin Olsen’s bronzed cleat, for the first time in three years.
Jonshon had a 51-yard touchdown run for Chaparral on the team’s first play of the second half. He also tossed a pair of TD passes to Patrick Savoy of 35 and 17 yards.
Tyquan Anderson added 104 yards rushing for the Cowboys, including a 72-yard touchdown run.
Joshua Brown threw for 145 yards and two scores for the Sundevils. Justin Brown rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries.
— Tim Guesman
Silverado 43, Foothill 22 — At Silverado, Alex Cater rushed for 224 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Skyhawks (1-1).
Abdurahim Cravin scored on a 74-yard interception in the first quarter and Daniel Savage ran back a kickoff 80 yards in the second to help Silverado.
Drew Doxtator threw for 188 yards and a score, and Rickey Dixon ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for Foothill (0-2).
Andre Gonzalez caught a 67-yard TD pass for Foothill as well.
— Mike Sloan
Green Valley 59, Del Sol 33 — At Green Valley, Christian Lopez ran for 148 yards and four scores and Gino Jonassaint ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns as the Gators (1-1) trumped Del Sol (0-2).
Lopez also threw for 115 yards and a touchdown, but the story of the night was the back-and-forth rushing attacks for both teams.
Green Valley had 404 yards rushing while Del Sol’s ground game, led by Cameron Lamont’s 207 yards and two touchdowns, garnered 310 yards.
In addition to the potent offense, Green Valley’s special teams was nearly perfect, as the Gators received several large kickoff returns from Hernandez Gio and eight successful PAT kicks and a field goal from kicker Conor Perkins.
The Gators scored on all but one of their possessions, a missed field goal at the end of the game.
Mitchell Barry picked off Del Sol quarterback Dylan Greer twice.
— Jamie Bichelman
Arbor View 42, Legacy 28 — At Legacy, Jimmie Finister rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 4 Aggies (3-0) over the Longhorns (1-2) in the annual Battle of the Bulls game.
Finister’s scores came on runs of 37 and 48 yards. Arbor View’s Anthony Smith also had a big night, rushing for 93 yards on 10 carries.
Legacy quarterback Kashwan Richardson passed for 117 yards, including a 60-yard strike to tight end Joe Murray. Richardson also had a 3-yard touchdown run to lead the Longhorns.
— Brian Danise
Desert Oasis 33, Sierra Vista 26 — At Sierra Vista, Kurtis Brooks ran for 265 yards and three touchdowns as the Diamondbacks (1-2) defeated the Lions (1-2).
Desert Oasis scored 26 unanswered points and was able to hold off Sierra Vista’s late comeback attempt. The Lions scored with 45 seconds remaining in the game but couldn’t recover the onside kick.
Deyon McKinney finished with 141 yards of total offense and two touchdowns for Sierra Vista. Maliek Broady added 72 yards on 14 carries for the Lions.
Tim Jenkins led the Lions with 56 yards and three touchdowns receiving in the loss.
— Steven Slivka
Centennial 60, Shadow Ridge 19 — At Shadow Ridge, Austin Turley threw four touchdown passes, and Coby Newton rushed for 175 yards on 16 carries to lead the second-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) over the Mustangs (0-4).
Bakari Smith rushed for 158 yards and scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 10-yard run to give Shadow Ridge the early lead.
But Centennial answered, scoring 27 straight points behind two touchdown passes from Turley to Deontae Gilkey, a 9-yard TD run by Lantz Worthington and a 70-yard fumble return for a score by Haikeem Arnold.
Turley connected with Worthington and Gilkey for TDs in the third quarter and Josh Gray added two touchdown runs, finishing with 84 yards on the ground.
— Adam Berchin
Cimarron-Memorial 55, Rancho 0 — At Cimarron, Justin Davis ran for four touchdowns and added a 71-yard punt return for a score as the Spartans (2-1) routed the Rams (0-2).
Davis scored on runs of 22, 4, 15 and 47 yards and finished with 117 yards on seven carries. Michael Barnson rushed for 118 yards on six carries, including a 71-yard TD scamper, and forced a fumble on defense for Cimarron.
The Spartans outgained Rancho 343-67.
Desean Lewis closed the first half with a 4-yard run for a score, and Jayshawn Edwards had a 34-yard TD run for the game’s final score in the fourth quarter.
Defensive end Alistair Houpe recorded three sacks for Cimarron.
Ezekiel Collins rushed for 82 yards for Rancho.
— Brennan Karle
Coronado 65, Valley 0 — At Coronado, Wyatt Bartle forced two fumbles, recovered another and recorded a safety as the No. 10 Cougars (2-0) shut out the Vikings (0-2).
Coronado’s defense allowed only 34 yards, forced five turnovers and recorded two safeties.
Trevor Spina gained 63 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns to lead the Cougars offense. Kevin Lucero hit 7 of 13 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown.
Jackson Cofer gained 85 total yards, including 64 receiving, and scored a touchdown.
— Zac Alexander
Bonanza 47, Spring Valley 6 — At Spring Valley, after giving up a 16-play, eight-minute touchdown drive to start the game, Bonanza (1-2) forced five turnovers and scored 47 straight points to rip the Grizzlies (2-1).
The Bengals broke open a 7-6 game with two interception returns for touchdowns by Jacob Pope of 5 and 48 yards.
Bonanza stifled four of the Grizzlies’ third-quarter drives after a single play each, twice thanks to Colton Bennion, who came away with an interception and a strip and fumble recovery.
Andre Bartley rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown for Spring Valley.
— Neil Grepke
Desert Pines 62, Pahrump Valley 16 — At Desert Pines, Eric Wilkes rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries as the Jaguars (2-2) crushed the Trojans (0-4).
Malik Davis added 91 yards and two TDs on five carries for Desert Pines, which also got a touchdown pass from Travis Nofoa.
Quarterback A.J. Segura ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns for Pahrump Valley.
— Adam Eslinger
Mojave 25 Sunrise Mountain 12 — At Sunrise Mountain, Ty Flanagan rushed for 157 yards and all four touchdowns for the Rattlers (2-2) en route to their win over the Miners (1-3).
Flanagan scored on runs of 4, 33, 10 and 35 yards.
Quarterback Chris Moore threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Sunrise Mountain.
— Mick Akers
Moapa Valley 59, Western 6 — At Western, the Pirates (4-1) raced to a 46-6 halftime lead against the Warriors (1-3) with six scoring plays of 49 yards or more.
Senior running back Conner Mortensen led the Pirates’ three-headed ground attack with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Fellow captains Sean McConnell and Kasen Hughes added 117 and 108 rushing yards, respectively.
Hughes started the scoring barrage by taking a screen pass from quarterback Josh Repp 74 yards for a touchdown.
Hughes then carried twice on the next possession for big gains before Mortensen punched it in from 5 yards out. The Pirates scored touchdowns on seven of their eight first-half possessions, including a 52-yard interception return by Lance Hilton, a 55-yard Repp pass to Andrew Bellavance and a 54-yard run by McConnell.
Larry Jennings threw for 185 yards and a touchdown to Vadell Wilson for Western.
— Tim Flanagan
Boulder City 51, Clark 0 — At Boulder City, D.J. Koopman rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries as the Eagles (4-0) beat the Chargers (0-4).
Koopman scored on runs of 64, 11 and 59 yards.
Boulder City’s Joe Miller passed for 49 yards, connecting with Michael Kelso twice for 40 yards, including an 11-yard TD in the first quarter.
Corbett Fleming returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score for the Eagles.
Xavier Steel ran for 52 yards on seven carries for Boulder City, and teammates J.D. Owens and Sam Woodbury scored on runs of 6 and 17 yards, respectively.
Kareem Warren led Clark with 46 yards on six carries.
— Stephen Weeks
Rancho Verde (Calif.) 35, Las Vegas 28 — At Las Vegas, Trevor Swenson’s final pass with four seconds remaining fell incomplete, ending a comeback attempt by the No. 7 Wildcats (1-1) against the Mustangs of Moreno Valley, Calif.
Andrew Moreland scored on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to pull Las Vegas within 35-28. The Wildcats forced a turnover on downs and drove into scoring range, but Swenson couldn’t connect with Aaron Zanin-Banks on their final play.
Swenson threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4-yard TD pass to Joshua Mayfield just before halftime.
Keshawn Slaughter led Rancho Verde with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, including a 35-yard run late in the third quarter to make it 35-21. Sophomore QB Sherrion Jones also contributed with 119 yards and two touchdowns.
— Jesse Vineyard
Faith Lutheran 48, Virgin Valley 26 — At Mesquite, senior quarterback Shawn Balva threw for 239 yards and five touchdowns for the Crusaders (2-2).
Balva connected on TD passes of 40, 5,18, 16 and 7 yards.
Senior receiver Sean Bishel caught six passes for 91 yards, including two TD receptions for Faith Lutheran.
Pahranagat Valley 62, Spring Mountain 28 — At Spring Mountain, Austin Poulsen passed for 176 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards and four TDs as the Panthers (3-0, 1-0 Division IV Southern) routed the Eagles (2-1, 0-1).
Poulsen connected with Tyler Higbee seven times for 132 yards, including TD strikes of 5, 50 and 18. Poulsen scored on runs of 4, 13, 3 and 1 yards, and made an interception at cornerback.
Higbee rushed for 125 yards and a TD on 18 carries for Pahranagat Valley, which extended its state-record winning streak to 49 games.
Junior Marcus Thomas completed 14 of 42 passes for 177 yards and four TDs for Spring Mountain. He hooked up with Dwayne James five times for 89 yards and a TD.
Christopher Munro caught three passes for 38 yards and a TD for the Eagles, who scored more points than any Nevada opponent against the Panthers since Carlin lost 92-30 in a 2010 Class 1A state semifinal.
— Tristan Aird
Needles 13, Agassi Prep 12 — At Needles, Calif., Trenton Evans hit Devin Truscott with a 29-yard touchdown pass with less than three minutes left to give the Mustangs (2-1, 2-0 Division III Southern) the final margin over the Stars (0-3, 0-3).
Indian Springs 39, Sandy Valley 28 — At Sandy Valley, Devin Jackson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, caught four passes for 118 yards and a TD and returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score to lead the Thunderbirds (1-2, 1-0 Division IV Southern) past the Sidewinders (1-1, 0-1).
Jackson scored on a 23-yard pass from Troy Heath in the first quarter, brought back the second-half kickoff for a TD and had scoring runs of 48 and 55 yards after halftime.
Heath had 118 yards passing and 66 rushing. Mark Wilson added a 41-yard TD run for Indian Springs.
Jerremy Hall led Sandy Valley with 63 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. Lane Eastham rushed for 59 yards on seven carries, and connected with Matt Swaving twice for 49 yards and a TD.
Beaver Dam (Ariz.) 12, Beatty 6 — At Littlefield, Ariz., the Diamondbacks beat the Hornets (0-2) in a game called at halftime for darkness.
Beatty’s points came on a 6-yard touchdown run by Luis Flores.