Centennial football coach Leon Evans is a believer that good offense starts with good defense.
His team effectively applied that philosophy Friday, scoring early and often, and ultimately steamrolling visiting Desert Oasis, 42-7.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 3-0 Northwest League) held the Diamondbacks (6-3, 2-2) to 68 yards of offense in the first half, and capitalized to take control with several easy touchdowns. Quarterback Jamaal Evans led the way, rushing 23 times for 182 yards and four TDs, and completing 11 of 20 passes for 123 yards and another score.
“Our defense has been doing that all year,” Leon Evans said. “They got off to a slow start, but they cleaned things up and they’re doing a great job.”
Though Friday’s game looked like a showdown between two of the top teams in the Northwest League, Centennial wasted no time in asserting its dominance. Savon Scarver returned the opening kick 82 yards to set up a 21-yard Michael Neubeck field goal, and Evans made it 10-0 with a 3-yard TD run four minutes later.
The game’s key play occurred late in the first quarter when Ty’shun McClinton, the Diamondbacks’ top running back, went down with an injury to the right leg. He was the first of several Desert Oasis players to end the night early, and the Diamondbacks could not gain offensive momentum without him.
Centennial took control with four TDs in the final eight minutes of the second quarter. After Evans scored on a 40-yard run, the Bulldogs recovered a pair of onside kicks to go ahead 29-0 on a 3-yard run by Evans and a 4-yard scoring sprint by Quavion Arnold.
“That was huge,” Leon Evans said. “It really gave the offense some opportunities to move the football.”
The Diamondbacks finally managed an offensive play late in the second quarter, but fumbled to allow Centennial to take a 35-0 lead into halftime after Evans hit Kayvon Miller with a 35-yard TD pass with 1:10 remaining.
For good measure, Evans found the end zone one more time on a 51-yard sprint to put Centennial ahead 42-0 with 7:37 left in the third quarter.
“He had some good rushes,” Leon Evans said of his son, Jamaal Evans. “But I’ve seen him play a lot better. He’s going to have to step it up come playoff time.”
The Diamondbacks finally got on the board midway through the fourth when Brannon Flowers ran for a 9-yard TD.
Miller helped the Bulldogs with 85 yards on 19 carries. He also had six receptions for 69 yards.
Flowers carried 10 times for 54 yards, and completed 6 of 13 passes for 108 yards to led Desert Oasis.
Moapa Valley 35, Chaparral 6 — At Overton, Trystin Deal had a 23-yard touchdown run and caught an 11-yard scoring pass from Nate Cox as the ninth-ranked Pirates won the Sunrise League title by downing the Cowboys.
Deal rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries for the Pirates, who took a 7-0 lead on R.J. Hubert’s 3-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
Sterling Simmons added a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to help Moapa Valley (8-1, 6-0 Sunrise) take a 14-0 lead.
The Pirates held Chaparral (7-2, 5-1) to 96 total yards, including minus-14 yards rushing.
Chaparral’s Santiago Vialpando hit Casey Acosta on a 50-yard TD pass with 1:27 to play to spoil the shutout bid.
Cheyenne 28, Clark 0 — At Clark, quarterback Anthony McConnico completed 9 of 16 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Desert Shields (7-2, 6-1 Sunset) to victory over the Chargers (4-5, 2-5).
Cheyenne’s defense held Clark to 86 yards of offense and five first downs to earn their fourth consecutive shutout.
McConnico hit George Carmona on a bootleg rollout down the right sideline for a 34-yard score to cap Cheyenne’s nine-play, 66-yard opening drive in the first quarter.
Zavieh Harrell hauled in an 84-yard TD strike down the left sideline from McConnico early in the second quarter to give the Desert Shields a 14-0 lead at the half.
Cheyenne’s Ashton Lawson scored on an 80-yard screen play from McConnico on the Desert Shields’ first play of the second half, and McConnico connected with Deriontae Green for a 45-yard score with 30 seconds left in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
Defensive lineman Elijah Cocker had four sacks, and Carmona provided seven tackles and a sack for Cheyenne, which got an interception from Lawson.
Clark’s Robert A’Hearn had six tackles and a fumble recovery, and teammate Bobby Coffman contributed intercepted a pass.
Faith Lutheran 38, Spring Valley 14 — At Faith Lutheran, senior Robby Schwartz had two interceptions and the Crusaders held the Grizzlies to 9 of 35 passing to close the season with a victory.
Faith Lutheran (8-1, 7-0 Sunset) scored 38 unanswered points. Brenden Joyce completed 10 of 21 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help compensate for a rushing offense that managed just 16 yards in the first half and 90 for the game.
Sophomores Elijah Kothe (4 receptions for 50 years) and Josh Hong (4 for 47) were Joyce’s main targets.
Spring Valley (5-4, 3-4) got 123 yards on the ground and 136 through the air, but struggle dto finish off opportunities. Raheem Edmonds led the Grizzlies with 45 yards on 13 carries, and Antony Vazquez had seven receptions for 103 yards.
Faith Lutheran seniors Christian Khoury and Don Guiliano each had a fumble recovry, and Khoury had two sacks. Christian Marshall had rushing TDs of 7, 26 and 37 yards.
Arbor View 55, Cimarron-Memorial 20 — At Cimarron-Memorial, Deago Stubbs rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Aggies over the Spartans.
Fourth-ranked Arbor View (7-1, 3-0 Northwest) opened the scoring on a 44-yard touchdown run from Morris Jackson with 8:08 to play in the opening quarter.
The Aggies added to their lead on the next drive, when Stubbs broke free for a 46-yard touchdown run with 5:29 left in the quarter.
Arbor View quarterback Hayden Bollinger found Noah Noce for a 14-yard touchdown pass just more than a minute later to make it 21-0.
Noce scooped up a Cimarron-Memorial fumble and returned it for a 29-yard touchdown to start the second quarter. Rushing touchdowns from Stubbs and Niki Doughty-Relosa gave Arbor View a 42-0 halftime lead.
Dante Miller returned the opening kick 70-yards to put the Aggies ahead 49-0 just nine seconds into the second half.
The Spartans answered with their first score of the game on a 9-yard touchdown run from Tyree Riley with 5:56 to play in the third quarter.
Riley finished with 18 carries for 107 yards for Cimarron-Memorial (1-7, 0-3).
On the ensuing drive, Antwaun Rainey returned a fumble from 69-yards for another Cimarron touchdown, making the score 49-13 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
Rainey scored again on a 6-yard touchdown run with 17 second to play in the game, cutting the deficit to 49-20.
But Jackson took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as time expired.
Las Vegas 49, Valley 0 — At Valley, Elijah Hicks rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, as the Wildcats route the Vikings.
With the win, Las Vegas (6-1 overall, 2-0 Northeast) stayed a half game back of Liberty (7-1, 3-0).
The Wildcats wasted no time in jumping all over Valley, as Zacharry Loveland capped the opening drive with a 1-yard plunge less than three minutes into the game. Moments later, after the Vikings turned the ball over at their own 1-yard line on fourth down, when the snap sailed over their punter’s head, Hicks took it in and the Wildcats were off and running.
Valley (0-8, 0-3) struggled to move the ball effectively in the first half, as the Wildcats outgained outgained Valley in the 211 to minus-1 yard. Valley’s biggest gains in the first half came from two 15-yard penalties on the Wildcats, who went into the locker room with a 42-0 edge.
Las Vegas finished with 303 yards on offense, while the Vikings had 55.
DiQuan Brown ran for 67 yards on eight carries with one TD for the Wildcats.
Las Vegas, which has now won six straight, hasn’t allowed more than 22 points to its last five opponents. Since losing to Green Valley, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 31.5 points.
Coronado 32, Eldorado 7 — At Eldorado, the Cougars held the Sundevils to minus-16 yards rushing and forced six turnovers to run away with a penalty-filled victory.
Coronado intercepted five passes, and Chad Pettitt returned the first interception 31 yards for a TD to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. Coronado’s defense then forced three straight punts and ended three of the next four Eldorado drives with interceptions.
Coronado did struggle on offense, turning the ball over on downs on its first two drives, while punting on their next two. Darius Cambe had a 5-yard TD run midway through the second quarter for Coronado’s lone offensive touchdown in the first half.
Eldorado got on the board in the second half as Deven Dabbs found Carl Crayon for a 5-yard TD pass to pull within 13-7. But on Coronado’s ensuing drive, the Cougars were helped as they were given a fifth down deep inside Eldorado territory. The Sundevils thought they had stopped the Cougars on fourth down at their own 36, but miscommunication allowed Coronado another chance. Landen Rowland rushed ahead for a 2-yard conversion, and on the next play, he found Justin Serafino for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Coronado survived 20 penalties in the game.
Rowland rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on 14 carries for Coronado. Cambe had 92 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.
Dabbs completed 18 of 37 passes for 130 yards for Eldorado.
Rancho 16, Del Sol 14 — At Del Sol, Alexis Ayon-Lozano booted a 30-yard field goal to take the lead with 1:09 remaining in the game and Roger Ward intercepted a late pass to seal the victory for the Rams.
Del Sol battled back from an early 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Taariq Flowers with 8:46 to play.
Del Sol had the ball in Rams territory with less five minutes to play, but the Rancho defense was able to force a fumble which defensive end Luc Scott recovered on the 50 with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter.
The longest play from scrimmage came on the first play of the ensuing drive when Rancho quarterback Dion Southern scrambled up the middle, breaking tackles for a 42-yard gain to set up Lozano’s game-winner four plays later. A late desperation heave was intercepted by Ward to end Del Sol’s hopes of a comeback.
Southern finished 7 for 13 passing for 67 yards and rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries. Angel Walker and Robert Howard each had first quarter rushing touchdowns, and the Rancho defense held Del Sol to 108 yards of offense.
Shadow Ridge 48, Durango 15 — At Shadow Ridge, Dominick Wilson rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs (1-7, 1-3 Southwest) got their first win of the year by topping the Trailblazers (0-9, 0-4).
Wilson started early, taking the Mustangs’ second play from scrimmage 48 yard for a score, the only one of the first quarter for either team.
A field goal, followed by a recovery of a live ball on the kickoff set up Durango in the second quarter, and Jonathan Scofield plunged in from 1 yard to give the Trailblazers a 9-7 lead.
What followed were 41 unanswered points by Shadow Ridge, including scores on consecutive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter. Malik Jackson scored on a 47-yard run, which was followed by an onside kick recovery and Aubrey Nellems 51-yard touchdown reception from Kody Presser.
In the third, Wilson got his second touchdown of the night on the Mustangs’ opening drive, and Presser followed up with a 3-yard option keeper later in the quarter for a 34-7 lead. Avery Nellems had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, followed by a 7-yard scamper by Lennon Walker.
Scofield had a 9-yard TD run with 1:11 to play to close out the scoring.
Scofield passed for 107 yards for Durango.
Jackson rushed for 82 yards on five carries for Shadow Ridge. Aubrey Nellems added 54 yards rushing for the Mustangs.
Mojave 42, Western 0 — At Western, after a slow start the Rattlers scored 36 second-half points to dominate the winless Warriors.
Taiwan Braden started the scoring for Mojave (6-3, 5-2 Sunset) with the first of his three rushing touchdowns on a 1-yard run with 7:39 left in the first quarter
Western (0-9, 0-7) contained the Rattlers’ offense for the rest of the first half.
Braden found the end zone twice in the second half on scampers of 7 yards and and 3 yards. Khalid Walker led the rushing attack with 135 yards on 16 carries.With 5:40 left in the game Mojave defensive lineman Tui Vergara joined the scoring action after he returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown.
The Warriors were never able to find a rhythm and totaled only 137 yards on offense. Gregory Castenada completed 13 of 33 passes for 93 yards.
The Meadows 45, Mountain View 26 — At The Meadows, Gabe Adamson threw four touchdown passes, and Adam Martinez accounted for three more scores as the Mustangs downed the Saints.
Ethan Fridman had 115 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Ben Hoskins made a 25-yard field goal and was 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts for The Meadows (5-4, 4-3 Division III Southern).
Mountain View’s Bernard Williams had 11 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 62-yard TD reception for the Saints (2-7, 2-5 Southern).
Pahranagat Valley 62, Sandy Valley 14 — At Sandy Valley, David Ingram scored three touchdowns and also had an interception on defense to help the Panthers rout the Sidewinders.
Ingram scored on a 31-yard run, a 64-yard punt return and a 70-yard touchdown reception, and teammate Tabor Maxwell threw four touchdowns for Pahranagat Valley (8-0, 6-0 Division IV Southern).
Alexis Fajardo had two touchdown runs for Sandy Valley (4-4, 3-3 Southern).
Lincoln County 67, Laughlin 6 — At Panaca, Will Culverwell rushed for 123 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries as the Lynx routed the Cougars.
Cody Thornock ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries, and Zachary Rowe had six carries for 72 yards and two scores for Lincoln County (8-1, 6-1 Division III Southern).
Alexander Samson added a touchdown run, and teammate McClain O’Connor had a 78-yard punt return for a score for the Lynx, who led 47-6 at the half.
Coda Abatti had a 7-yard TD run for Laughlin.
Virgin Valley 70, Boulder City 13 — At Mesquite, Kai Mitchell ran for two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game as the Bulldogs (4-5, 2-4 Sunrise) routed the Eagles (1-8, 0-6).
Jaret Tietjen and Josh Bishop each ran for two touchdowns for Virgin Valley, which led 49-10 at the half.
Tietjen finished with 9 carries for 75 yards to lead Virgin Valley, which attempted just two passes. Sergio Gonzalez added a 37-yard TD run, and Jarron Linge had a 56-yard scoring run for the Bulldogs.
Tonopah 54, Beatty 38 — At Beatty, Tanner Otteson completed 10 of 14 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Muckers by the Hornets.
Otteson also ran for 167 yards and two TDs for Tonopah, which got 116 yards rushing and three scores from Jamaree Earl.
Kekoa Elliott and Tyler Kirkland had touchdown catches for the Muckers (6-2, 4-2 Division IV Southern).
Beatty fell to 3-5, 2-4.
Agassi 41 Quest Academy 0 — At Rancho, running back Steven Burgess rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Stars over the Knights (0-7).
Agassi Prep (6-2, 5-2 Division IV Southern) scored four rushing touchdowns in the game and did not attempt a pass.
Along with Burgess, running backs Stephan Laschaul and Nicholas Smith each ran for a score. The Stars took control of the game on the opening kickoff when Zeivaun Ned returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.
The Agassi Prep defense was dominant as well holding, Quest 13 yards of offense and three first downs.
Kameron Burrell returned an interception for a touchdown for the Agassi Prep’s other score.