With his team working the clock late in the fourth quarter, Las Vegas High’s Farrell Victor took a handoff in an effort to put the game away with one final first down.
Instead, the senior running back broke through the line and sprinted 37 yards for a touchdown.
The play was a microcosm of Victor’s night, as he rushed for 213 yardsa and three touchdowns on 16 carries Friday to lead the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 31-10 home victory over Desert Pines.
“I just happened to break one,” Victor said. “It was a great play. (The Jaguars) were a little tired. I didn’t think it was going to be a touchdown, but I got a lot of great blocks.”
Things didn’t start so well for Las Vegas (4-0, 2-0 Northeast), as Desert Pines (0-4, 0-2) capped its 12-play, 61-yard opening drive with a 37-yard Gustavo Galvan field goal.
But the Wildcats’ defense shifted into gear for the remainder of the half, and they went ahead 7-3 on Hasaan Henderson’s 1-yard keeper early in the second quarter.
Jay Mattox gave Las Vegas a 10-3 halftme edge with a 24-yard field goal.
Mistakes proved costly for Desert Pines, which committed untimely penalties, dropped several potentially big passes and turned the ball over four times.
Midway through the third quarter, the Jaguars appeared tired.
“Desert Pines is a good football team,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “But they have kids who play both ways, and we really don’t. I think they got a little winded.”
Victor put the Wildcats in control with an 18-yard TD run late in the third, and he made the Jaguars pay for a fumble when he capped a two-play drive with a 57-yard sprint to make it 24-3 with 9:31 left to play.
Following a Desert Pines fumble late in the fourth, Las Vegas attempted to run out the clock. On a third-down play, Victor handled the ball one last time.
“We were just trying to milk the clock,” Thurman said. “We’re not looking to score there, but we’ll take it.”
Victor’s TD made it 31-3, and Desert Pines added a final score on Eric Wilkes’ 80-yard run with 1:33 left to play.
Henderson completed 9 of 18 passes for 50 yards, and he ran 10 times for another 38 to help Las Vegas.
Leon Hayes led the Jaguars with 124 yards on 25 carries, and Wilkes rushed five times for 102 yards.
Liberty 26, Silverado 20 — At Liberty, tailback Niko Kapeli sparked a second-half comeback with three touchdowns and an interception return to the 3-yard line, leading the sixth-ranked Patriots (3-1, 1-0 Southeast) past the Skyhawks (1-3, 0-2).
Kapeli’s 26-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter tied the game at 20 and his 24-yard run put Liberty ahead 26-20 with four minutes to play. He finished with 166 yards on 30 carries and his brother Jordan added 40 yards on the ground.
Shamar Carroll’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter ignited the Patriots’ rally after they had coughed up two fumbles and thrown two interceptions in the first three quarters.
Izaiah Thurmon rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for Silverado, which was unable for a second straight week to maintain a halftime lead.
— Angela Denker
Palo Verde 28, Cimarron-Memorial 14 — At Palo Verde, the second-ranked Panthers (5-0, 4-0 Northwest) turned two opening-minute fumbles into touchdowns and controlled area rushing leader Demaryae Williams to defeat the No. 9 Spartans (3-2, 2-2).
Ryan Beaulieu recovered the opening kickoff at the Cimarron 17 and sophomore quarterback Parker Rost scored on a 7-yard keeper three plays later. Junior Lee Griggs then recovered a fumble at the Spartans’ 20 on their first play from scrimmage and he scored three plays later on a 3-yard run.
Palo Verde made it 21-0 early in the second quarter on a 25-yard TD pass from Rost to Griggs.
Cimarron scored early in the fourth on a 1-yard run by Williams, who was held to 81 yards.
The Panthers answered with a 4-yard scoring pass from Rost to Andrew Simister.
Williams broke away for a 55-yard TD run to close the scoring. Cimarron quarterback Gerard Martinez threw for 137 yards.
— Alan Abair
Valley 16, Eldorado 13 — At Eldorado, Kennedy Williams opened the second half with a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Vikings (2-2, 2-0 Northeast) went on to defeat the Sundevils (1-3, 0-2).
Valley’s big-play defense was crucial, with Juan Batiste’s interception ending Eldorado’s final drive. Kendrick Pratt had a fumble recovery.
The Vikings’ Anthony Sanders passed for 84 yards, including an 8-yard TD to Tyrone Prewitt in the second quarter. Freshman Dillard Davis rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries and Eric Burrell contributed three catches for 60 yards.
Eldorado’s Talib Clemente passed for 168 yards, with O’Darius Mitchell gaining 87 on four receptions.
— Zac Alexander
Arbor View 42, Legacy 14 — At Legacy, third-ranked Arbor View (4-1, 3-1 Northwest) broke open a close game with 27 points in the second half to beat the No. 10 Longhorns (2-2, 2-2).
The Aggies scored on their first two possessions after halftime for a 28-8 lead, as Roderick Eason ran for a 44-yard score and Donnie Gaskin added a 15-yard TD.
Legacy answered with Elijah Turner’s 65-yard TD pass to Alonzo Fuller, but Arbor View quickly added two more touchdowns.
Arbor View rushed for 372 yards, led by Eason with 155, Steve Burns with 95 and Gaskin with 80. All three scored two touchdowns.
D’Andre Hughes, after back-to-back games of 250-plus yards for Legacy, was held to 67 yards on 16 carries.
— Sam Leeper
Bishop Gorman 74, Sierra Vista 6 — At Sierra Vista, Shaquille Powell rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on three carries, and had a 37-yard interception return TD as the top-ranked Gaels (5-1, 4-0 Southwest) blitzed the Mountain Lions (1-3, 1-2).
Jarrett Solomon was 10-for-11 for 177 yards and six touchdown passes: 11 yards to Dalton Baker; 2 to Tajon Allen; 7 to Jamir Tillman; 37 to Terrence Chambers; and 49 and 16 to Ryan Smith.
Allen added an 85-yard touchdown and had 107 yards on the ground. Nathan Starks had a 60-yard scoring run.
Sierra Vista’s Taz Wilson passed for 134 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown to Travale Williams, and Justin Green had 238 combined rushing and return yards.
— Brennan Karle
Cheyenne 50, Faith Lutheran 9 — At Faith Lutheran, the eighth-ranked Desert Shields (4-0, 3-0 Northwest) overcame challenging first-half field position and 21 penalties to score 50 points in the final three quarters.
Cheyenne got more than 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns apiece from Tyler Spight and Kenneth Counts on their way to a 400-yard night on the ground.
Faith Lutheran (1-3, 1-3) scored on a safety on the second play of the game and twice pinned the Desert Shields inside their own 3-yard line, but struggled to take advantage. The Crusaders’ Gino DeGeorge passed for 151 yards and Trey Jasonek ran for a touchdown.
— Neil Grepke
Centennial 44, Shadow Ridge 10 — At Centennial, the Bulldogs (1-3, 1-2 Northwest) used solid defense and special teams play to take a 44-3 halftime lead and defeat the Mustangs (0-4, 0-3).
Cody Milford blocked a punt on the opening possession and Jacobi Owens ran in from 6 yards two plays later.
Austin Turley threw touchdown passes to Trajan Pili (5 yards) and Najeem Popal (45), and Coby Newton added TDs on a 8-yard fumble return and 2-yard run.
Deontae Gilkey returned a missed field-goal attempt 97 yards for a touchdown as the half expired.
Owens rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries and Popal had three catches for 80 yards.
— Adam Berchin
Durango 41, Clark 0 — At Clark, junior Arie McQuaig rushed for 220 yards, including touchdowns of 42, 80 and 80, kicked three point-afters and ran for a 2-point conversion, powering the Trailblazers (2-3, 2-2 Southwest) to a shutout of the Chargers (1-3, 1-3).
Hunter Knight rushed for 70 yards, including a 5-yard TD, and passed for 80, including a 33-yard score to Anthony Collins.
Clark freshman Deyon McKinney rushed for 54 yards and senior brother Marquise McKinney supplied 42.
— Kevin Porter
Basic 35, Coronado 14 — At Basic, the Wolves (2-2, 1-1 Southeast) scored 22 points in the second quarter to take control in their homecoming night win over the Cougars (2-2, 0-2).
Antraye Johnson triggered the uprising with a 48-yard run. Darien Spencer followed with an 11-yard reception from Eddie Vega, and Lee Hardy scored on a 24-yard run.
Johnson ran for a 4-yard score in the fourth quarter and Devonte Boyd caught a 20-yard TD pass from Vega, who guided the Wolves to 456 total yards.
For Coronado, quarterback Nate Webb scored on a 75-yard keeper in the first quarter and he threw a 44-yard TD pass to Cosme Montenegro in the fourth.
— Steve Spigelmyer
Canyon Springs 56, Chaparral 6 — At Canyon Springs, Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 188 yards and first-half touchdowns of 2, 2 and 3 yards as the Pioneers (2-2, 2-0 Northeast) rolled over the Cowboys (1-3, 1-1).
Keveon Glenn passed for 121 yards and a touchdown for Canyon Springs.
Chaparral’s Kyle Scott passed for 119 yards, including a 43-yard TD to Corey Hockin.
— Brian Danise
Rancho 66, Sunrise Mountain 20 — At Rancho, Cody Hafen rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (1-3, 1-1 Northeast) routed the Miners (0-4, 0-2) for their first win.
Hafen had TD runs of 31 and 5 yards in the first quarter to help Rancho take conrol. Will Gosse-Gardett completed 13 of 26 passes for 283 yards, including TD passes of 55 yards to Treyvon James, 4 to Casey Holmes, 23 to Bryson Michell and 20 to Joel Fluhrer.
Charles Manning caught three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns for Sunrise Mountain. His 11-yard TD catch from Jovon Perry gave Sunrise Mountain a 6-0 lead, and he later caught a 78-yard TD pass from Chris Moore.
— Mick Akers
Moapa Valley 49, Del Sol 40 — At Del Sol, junior running back Conner Mortensen rushed for 207 yards, including TDs of 5, 4 and 4, and the Pirates (4-1) defeated the No. 6 Dragons (3-1).
Moapa Valley’s Dakota Watters was 6 of 10 passing for 158 yards, including a 40-yard TD to Brandon Johnson. Sean McConnell and Kasen Hughes ran for scores of 2 and 5 yards, respectively.
Del Sol’s Nathan Kirschbaum completed 11 of 22 passes for 124 yards, including touchdowns of 30 and 18 to Raheem Jones.
— Nolan Lister
Mojave 25, Boulder City 22 — At Boulder City, Bryant Lewis scored four touchdowns to help the Rattlers (1-3) gain their first win, beating the Eagles (1-3).
Lewis accounted for all of Mojave’s scoring, including a point-after, with a 23-yard catch from Trevonte Veal, two 3-yard runs and a 62-yarder.
Boulder City’s Xavier Steel rushed for 102 yards and a 6-yard touchdown on 13 carries. Joe Miller was 5-for-9 passing for 76 yards and two touchdowns, but an interception ended the Eagles’ final possession.
Thomas Shelley had a 33-yard TD catch.
Virgin Valley 44, Pahrump Valley 34 — At Mesquite, senior Humberto Urias rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one, and the Bulldogs (4-1) held on to beat the Trojans (1-3).
Urias ran for 77 yards on 10 carries, scoring TDs of 5 and 2 yards. He hooked up with Dee Bowler for a 24-yard TD pass to help Virgin Valley build a 36-6 halftime lead.
Trevor Thompson rushed for 81 yards on seven carries for Virgin Valley, including TDs of 9 and 23 yards. Bowler ran for 56 yards and made three catches for 49 yards for the Class 3A Bulldogs, whose four wins are all against Class 4A opponents.
A.J. Segura passed for 164 yards and four TDs for Pahrump, which scored 22 points in the final nine minutes. Hunter Mill caught three TD passes among his five catches for 36 yards.
The Meadows 54, Calvary Chapel 22 — At The Meadows, Chase Marrs rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries to power the Mustangs (3-1, 2-0 2A Southern) over the Lions (2-2, 0-2).
Garrett Gosse was 8-for-11 for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and Max Newman added two 75-yard scores off a punt and a kickoff return.
Gosse threw 30-yard TD passes to Taylor Beck and Richard Lee during a 34-point second quarter.
Calvary Chapel’s Riley Clark passed for 46 yards and two touchdowns to Bobby Buist. Jessie Chatelle rushed for 143 yards on 17 carries and Kendall Nelson had a 2-yard TD run.
Laughlin 14, Agassi Prep 12 — At Laughlin, Justin Quibell threw a touchdown pass to Jimmy Minnier and Christian Avery ran for a score as the Cougars (3-1, 1-1 2A Southern) built a 14-0 halftime lead and held on to beat the Stars (1-3, 1-1).
Agassi Prep’s Terrell Kemp and Armond Whitney ran for TDs in the second half.
Spring Mountain 68, Indian Springs 28 — At Spring Mountain, junior Meiyako Williams rushed for four touchdowns, passed for two and scored on a 66-yard kickoff return to propel the Eagles (4-0, 2-0 1A Southern) past the Thunderbirds (2-2, 0-2).
Williams scored on runs of 10, 29, 33 and 19 yards, and finished with 138 yards on 15 carries. He went 4-for-7 passing for 112 yards, with touchdowns of 17 yards to Leroy Freeman and 73 to Christopher Munro. Williams also made an interception at safety.
Spring Mountain rushed for 316 yards, including 89 yards and a touchdown by Freeman and 48 by Price Powell. The Eagles made seven sacks.
Indian Springs’ Troy Heath completed 12 of 32 passes for 272 yards and two TDs. Xavier Pena made eight catches for 145 yards and a score. Devin Jackson rushed for 58 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
— Tristan Aird
Pahranagat Valley 64, Sandy Valley 3 — At Sandy Valley, Tyler Higbee threw for two touchdowns and ran for a 38-yard TD on his only carry to help the Panthers (5-0, 2-0 1A Southern) rout the Sidewinders (1-2, 0-1) for their 39th straight win.
Austin Poulsen rushed for a 37-yard score on his only carry and threw a 24-yard TD pass on his only attempt for Pahranagat, which led 44-0 after the first quarter.
Wade Leavitt scored on a 75-yard punt return and completed 6 of 8 passes for 57 yards and two TDs.
Tonopah 40, Beatty 0 — At Beatty, Seth Littlefield ran for 144 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and passed for 127 yards and two TDs to lead the Muckers (2-3, 1-1 1A Southern) by the Hornets (1-2, 0-2).
Littlefield scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and connected on touchdown passes of 20 yards to Emitt Davis and 7 yards to Spencer Littlefield.
Davis ran for 45 yards, and scored on a 61-yard fumble return for Tonopah, which outgained Beatty 405-151.
Spencer Littlefield led Tonopah's defense with 10 tackles, and teammate Aidan Gromis added two sacks.