With his team leading by 32 points late in the third quarter Friday, Foothill coach Martin Redmond decided to remove most of his starters.
That’s when things got out of control.
Del Sol made a big rally, forcing the sixth-ranked Falcons to hold on for a 44-36 road victory.
Drew Doxtator completed 23 of 32 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns for Foothill (5-1, 2-1 Southeast), but the fourth quarter was the focus of Redmond’s postgame attention.
“We were just trying to get some of our kids some playing time,” said Redmond, who felt Del Sol should have reciprocated when he brought in his bench. “They kept their starters out. I thought that lacked class.”
The Dragons (3-3, 1-2) came out strong in the first quarter, as Chris Marshall carried six consecutive times to lead an eight-play drive that resulted in a 31-yard field goal by Dylan Lindemann.
Doxtator hit Kyle Keplinger for an 8-yard touchdown moments later to put Foothill ahead, but Marshall scored late in the quarter to send Del Sol on top 9-6. Marshall finished with 317 yards on 31 carries.
Doxtator, who passed for 206 yards in the first half, connected with Tyler Morris for an 80-yard touchdown early in the second and with Tyren Boykin just before halftime to give the Falcons a 20-9 lead.
“Drew was extremely accurate tonight,” Redmond said. “He found open guys and threw some good balls.”
Keplinger took over to start the second half, scoring on a 13-yard pass from Doxtator and a 1-yard run with 4:45 left in the third to give the Falcons a 34-9 lead.
Brandon Wiltz capped Foothill’s next drive with a 57-yard TD run that appeared to put the score out of reach at 41-9.
“I was happy with the first three quarters,” Redmond said. “In the third quarter, we were on fire and we put the game away.”
But the Dragons fought back against the Falcons’ reserves, scoring on a 17-yard pass from Nathan Kirschbaum to Raheem Jones, then using two successful onside kicks to cut the deficit to 41-29 on Kirschbaum’s 4-yard pass to Lael Perkins and 39-yard pass to Jones.
Foothill’s Vincent Franzeo stopped the bleeding with a 26-yard field goal late in the fourth, but
Marshall answered one play later with an 80-yard TD run that helped the Dragons cut it to 44-36.
Del Sol’s final two onside kicks were unsuccessful, and Foothill ran out the clock.
Morris caught four passes for 135 yards, and Keplinger racked up 119 yards on 10 receptions.
Liberty 56, Basic 21 — At Basic, Liberty quarterback Kai Nacua threw three first-half touchdown passes and the No. 5 Patriots (5-1, 3-0 Southeast) never looked back in downing the Wolves (3-3, 2-2).
Nacua hit Jared Tuilagi for a 48-yard score on Liberty’s first possession, igniting an impressive half by the Patriots. They gained 310 total yards and kept the ball for over 19 minutes.
Nacua also threw TD strikes of 14 yards to Kimo Seau and 25 to Jeremy Lagasca, as the Patriots took a 42-13 lead at the break.
Liberty’s Niko Kapeli rushed for 212 yards on 31 carries and scored twice. Brother Jordan Kapeli also scored twice as the Patriots outgained the Wolves on the ground, 291-46.
Basic got a 21-yard touchdown pass from Eddie Vega to Devonte Boyd, and Antraye Johnson scored on an 89-yard kickoff return.
— Sam Leeper
Desert Oasis 29, Durango 7 — At Durango, workhorse running back Brandon Andrews compiled 234 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries to power the Diamondbacks (4-2, 4-1 Southwest) over the Trailblazers (3-4, 3-3).
Andrews scored on runs of 6, 12, 4 and 2 yards, helping Desert Oasis outgain Durango 338-39.
Drake Leifried had two of the Diamondbacks’ four sacks, and the defense forced three turnovers that kept the Trailblazers on their side of the field most of the night.
Marcus Williams scored on a 92-yard kickoff return in the first quarter for Durango.
— Tim Guesman
Las Vegas 61, Chaparral 18 — At Las Vegas High, the fourth-ranked Wildcats (6-0, 4-0 Northeast) compiled a 444-152 yard edge over the Cowboys to remain unbeaten.
Hasaan Henderson passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns and also ran 5 yards for a score.
Farrell Victor, who entered averaging 14.2 yards per carry, rushed for 89 yards on seven carries, including touchdowns of 21 and 15 yards. He also had five receptions for 59 yards.
Las Vegas cornerback Kivon Rhone made three interceptions, returning one 40 yards for a touchdown, and William Haywood returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score.
For Chaparral, Antonio Thomas ran for 98 yards on 17 carries, with TDs of 21 and 15 yards.
— Steve Spigelmyer
Bishop Gorman 69, Pahrump Valley 0 — At Pahrump, the top-ranked Gaels (7-1, 5-0 Southwest) scored on their six first-quarter possessions for a 41-0 lead and defeated the Trojans (1-5, 1-4).
The Gaels opened the scoring with a 45-yard TD pass from Jarrett Solomon to Ryan Smith, and Solomon added an 11-yard TD pass to Jamir Tillman. Shaquille Powell had TD runs of 55 and 53 yards, Lorenzo Fertitta scored on a 9-yard run, and Nathan Starks scored on a 30-yard run.
Tajon Allen added two 8-yard TD runs, and the game was played with a running clock from the 9:22 mark in the second quarter.
Pahrump lost three fumbles and was intercepted in the first half. The Trojans got into Gorman territory once before turning the ball over on downs.
— Don McDermott
Palo Verde 49, Shadow Ridge 7 — At Shadow Ridge, Ryan Beaulieu scored on punt returns of 82 and 78 yards in the first half, and the second-ranked Panthers (7-0, 6-0 Northwest League) rolled over the Mustangs (0-6, 0-5).
Parker Rost passed for 118 yards, including an 18-yard TD to Jake Ortale, and Andrew Simister rushed for scores of 1 and 30 yards. Eric South scored on a 50-yard run and Lee Griggs on a 1-yarder.
For Shadow Ridge, J Henderson threw a 30-yard TD pass to James Grigsby.
— Brian Danise
Canyon Springs 26, Rancho 6 — At Rancho, the 10th-ranked Pioneers (4-2, 4-0 Northeast) took control in the third quarter with touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to knock off the Rams (2-4, 2-2).
Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 259 yards, including touchdowns of 52 and 69 yards, and kicked two conversions. Rayshawn Henderson scored on a 17-yard run, and Kevion Glenn’s 63-yard TD pass to Michael Gayden made it 26-0 in the fourth quarter.
Rancho scored with 5:06 to play on a 33-yard pass from Will Gosse-Gardett to Joel Fluhrer. Gosse-Gardet threw for 176 yards.
— Alan Abair
Faith Lutheran 15, Mojave 9 — At Mojave, the Crusaders (2-4, 2-3 Northwest) sealed the victory over the Rattlers (1-5, 0-5) with a defensive stand in the final minute.
Trailing 9-7, Faith Lutheran scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard pass from Gino DeGeorge to Anthony Pryatel-Farmer, and DeGeorge threw to Hayden Solis for the 2-point conversion.
Shawn Balva enabled the possession with a fumble recovery at the Mojave 9.
Mojave tried to rally with a drive to the 2, but after a false start penalty and two 1-yard runs, an incompletion ended the march.
The Rattlers scored in the second half on Bryant Lewis’ 37-yard field goal and Clarence Prophet’s 9-yard run. Phophet had 87 yards on 17 carries.
Pryatel-Farmer had six catches for 79 yards and DeGeorge was 11-of-15 in the second half, including a 3-yard TD to Trent Dolby.
— Neil Grepke
Bonanza 52, Clark 15 — At Bonanza, Brett Doyle passed for two touchdowns and ran for two, sparking the Bengals (6-1, 5-1 Southwest) to a romp over the Chargers (2-4, 2-4).
Doyle scored on an 11-yard run on the first possession and connected with Jordan Ozosky for a 70-yard TD on the next. After a 39-yard field goal by Austin Rowe and a 9-yard TD run by Rico Soto, Doyle found Colton Bennion for a 20-yard TD to make it 31-7 at halftime.
Doyle, who finished with 186 yards passing, scored on a 17-yard run in the third quarter, and Jayveon Taylor added rushing TDs of 18 and 20 yards.
Clark’s Deyon McKinney scored on runs of 45 and 47 yards and finished with 101 on nine carries.
— Adam Berchin
Silverado 7, Coronado 0 — At Coronado, Savon Moniz threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Deandre Gause late in the first half, and the Skyhawks (2-4, 1-3 Southeast) hung on to beat the Cougars (2-4, 0-4).
Izaiah Thurmon rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries, and Moniz finished with 66 yards passing, guiding Silverado to its first league win.
Coronado’s Christopher Johnson rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with leg cramps.
— Nolan Lister
Sierra Vista 14, Spring Valley 0 — At Sierra Vista, sophomores Taz Wilson and Justin Green combined for 171 yards of offense and two touchdowns as the Mountain Lions (2-4, 2-3 Southwest) blanked the Grizzlies (2-4, 2-3).
Green capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Mountain Lions up 7-0 with 7:06 left in the first half.
In the fourth quarter, Sierra Vista took advantage of good field position after a 10-yard punt by Spring Valley, and quickly capitalized with a 20-yard TD toss from Wilson to Matt Murphy with 5:88 to play.
Green finished with 79 yards on 22 rushes, and Wilson was 8-for-21 passing with 92 yards. The Mountain Lions’ Kerian Pope made four sacks.
Nick Santos led Spring Valley with 79 yards on 14 carries.
— Brennan Karle
Desert Pines 35, Valley 0 — At Desert Pines, Leon Hayes returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, ran for two scores and returned an interception 29 yards for another TD — and was voted homecoming king — as the Jaguars (2-4, 2-2 Northeast) blanked the Vikings (2-4, 2-2).
Hayes ran for first-half TDs of 62 and 16 yards and finished with 108 yards on 10 carries. Eric Wilkes rushed for 86 yards, including a 3-yard score, and Iquan Corsey passed for 88 yards while making two interceptions on defense.
For Valley, Bryon Peeples gained 66 yards on 13 carries.
— Zac Alexander
Eldorado 42, Sunrise Mountain 28 — At Eldorado, Nicholas Blackmon threw three touchdown passes to propel the Sundevils (2-4, 1-3 Northeast) past the Miners (0-6, 0-4).
Javeon Nihipali hauled in TD catches of 20 and 13 yards, and John Newman added a 20-yarder.
Justin Brown had a 15-yard TD run and an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Sundevils, and O’Darius Mitchell scored on an 11-yard run.
Sunrise Mountain’s A’Keem Ross scoredon runs of 6, 10 and 11 yards and a 48-yard punt return.
— Sharon Collins
Legacy 33, Moapa Valley 30 — At Legacy, the Longhorns (3-3) scored four touchdowns on plays of at least 74 yards and edged the Class 3A Pirates (5-2).
Legacy’s D’Andre Hughes ran up the middle for a 98-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, and Julian Castro’s extra point gave the Longhorns a 20-16 lead.
Hughes rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. The senior scored on runs of 74, 98 and 15 yards.
L.J. McMorris had an 81-yard punt return for a TD to extend Legacy’s lead to 26-16 with 10:11 remaining.
Legacy’s Jordan Ireland ran for 163 yards on seven carries, including an 88-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage.
Conner Mortensen rushed for 157 yards and one TD on 29 carries for Moapa Valley, which entered 4-0 against 4A teams.
Moapa Valley’s Dakota Watters passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Jake Rebman for a 9-yard TD in the first quarter and Sean McConnell on a 46-yarder over the middle with 1:12 to play.
Legacy, however, recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
— Tristan Aird
Boulder City 28, Western 13 — At Western, sophomore Xavier Steel gained 75 yards on 13 attempts, including a 12-yard TD, to lead the Eagles (2-4) past the Warriors (0-6).
Boulder City also got touchdowns from Tyler Washburn on a 5-yard run, James Morgan on a 2-yard run and a 27-yard pass from Joe Miller to Michael Kelso.
Washburn finished with 70 yards on 10 carries and made 11 tackles, and Kelso had 10 tackles.
For Western, quarterback Larry Jennings scored on runs of 1 and 22 yards. After the latter score, female placekicker Yvette Ortuno made her first career extra point.
Western’s Reggie Williams ran for 96 yards on nine attempts.
— Pedro F. Fonteboa
White Pine 31, The Meadows 30 — At Ely, Joshua Ashby scored a 2-point conversion on a bootleg around the left side as the Bobcats (6-0, 4-0 2A Southern) rallied to hand the Mustangs (4-2, 3-1) their first Class 2A Southern League loss.
White Pine overcame a 477-yard passing night by Meadows senior quarterback Garrett Gosse, who threw touchdown passes to Max Newman of 72, 63, 23 and 84 yards. Newman finished with 321 yards on seven receptions and Taylor Beck supplied 101 yards on five catches. Gosse was 19-for-40.
Ashby completed 15 of 26 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and also ran for 55 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Devante Valencia had 87 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions and also scored on a 60-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. Levi Valdez had 88 yards receiving, including a 13-yard TD.