Here’s a look at what happened during Week 3 of the high school football season.
WHAT WE LEARNED
1. Chaparral’s offense looks like it’s for real. The Cowboys (2-1) entered the week averaging 44 points before dominating Eldorado 50-0 in the annual “Cleat Game.”
Quarterback Santiago Vialpando leads the area in passing with 917 yards and 11 TDs, and has completed 64.3 percent of his passes. Kentrell Petite has been his favorite target, and leads the area in both catches (25) and receiving yards (549) by a large margin.
2. Silverado’s defense looks like it’s for real. The Skyhawks couldn’t quite get a second shutout, but dominated Desert Oasis in a 36-6 win.
Silverado (2-0) forced four turnovers and limited Desert Oasis to 4 yards of offense in the first half. Desert Oasis, which advanced to the Sunset Region semifinals last season, was held to 91 yards of offense for the game.
3. You probably shouldn’t count out Bishop Gorman, at least when there’s still a half to play. The Gaels trailed 14-0 and 20-7 Friday, and with star running back Biaggio Ali Walsh sidelined again with an ankle injury, it looked like the team’s 41-game win streak might be coming to an end.
That was before Gorman scored 28 unanswered points in a 35-20 win over St. John Bosco (California), which was ranked No. 7 in the nation by USA Today.
The Gaels dominated in the second half, outscoring St. John Bosco 21-0 and limiting the Braves to minus-13 yards rushing after halftime.
Gorman (3-0), which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, now has outscored opponents 75-7 in the second half this season.
UPSET OF THE WEEK
Durango 46, Del Sol 16 — This isn’t your traditional upset, but for the Trailblazers to dismantle a team that came into the game with a 2-0 record says something about how far they’ve come since last season.
Sure, Del Sol wasn’t even a playoff team last year in Division I-A (now Class 3A), but the Dragons and had opened the season with a pair of convincing victories, allowing their opponents to score a total of 23 points. Durango, on the other hand, came into the season riding a 16-game losing streak.
The Trailblazers (2-0) now have outscored opponents 86-16, and have several more winnable games on the schedule before they face off with Bishop Gorman on Oct. 27.
Santiago Vialpando, Chaparral — 13-18 passing, 300 yards, 4 TDs
Kalyja Waialae, Green Valley — 18-29 passing, 203 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Stephen Wright, Sunrise Mountain — 19-32 passing, 193 yards, 2 TDs
Ricardo Hill, Bonanza — 20 carries, 238 yards, 3 TDs
Elisha Young, Shadow Ridge — 5 carries, 161 yards, 2 TDs
Jayden Perkins, Virgin Valley — 30 carries, 160 yards, 1 TD
Deago Stubbs, Arbor View — 11 carries, 151 yards
Kentrell Petite, Chaparral — 7 catches, 208 yards, 4 TDs
Brandon Hargis, Foothill — 4 catches, 136 yards, 1 TD
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Bishop Gorman — 3 catches, 92 yards, 2 TDs
“I didn’t think I was going to get him, but I just went out and threw my arm out there and I got him. I felt like that was a big play. If they would have scored right there, I think we kind of would have been down.”
— Bishop Gorman safety Bubba Bolden on his touchdown-saving tackle in the second quarter that set the stage for Gorman’s 35-20 come-from-behind victory over St. John Bosco (California).
“We didn’t flinch. We’ve been down there before, and our guys will fight. That’s probably one of the things I’m most proud of with our guys is they will fight and scrap.”
— Green Valley coach Brian Castro, whose team fell behind 10-7 before rallying for a 28-17 road victory over Palo Verde.
“We want to come out, prove a statement and end the game early.”
— Arbor View running back Deago Stubbs after the Aggies built a 30-0 second-quarter lead en route to a 40-15 home win over Foothill.
“Honestly, our offense is just pretty good. We just executed.”
— Chaparral wide receiver Kentrell Petite, who caught seven passes for 208 yards and four TDs in a 50-0 home win over rival Eldorado in the annual “Cleat Game.”
“We’re built on defense because defense wins championships. We’ve got great linebackers and great cornerbacks.”
— Silverado coach Randall Cunningham after his team’s 36-6 victory over Desert Oasis in which the Skyhawks allowed just 4 first-half yards and forced four turnovers.
“All week we made sure we remembered to focus on each play. Each play matters. And if we mess up, just get back up and get it back. We have a mentality that we can be the best defense in the state, and we have to make sure we prove it.”
— Legacy safety Ahmyreon Culpepper following his team’s 45-7 home win over Moapa Valley.
“This win is very important. I mean coming back from a loss, I really wanted to win. So, honestly, on a scale of 1-10 we wanted to come back like 20 … I mean the intensity level in Week 1, we were kind of a bit cocky and then we straightened things up after two weeks.”
— Coronado defensive lineman Patrick Ng, who had a sack and a blocked punt early to help the Cougars to a 37-0 road win over Cheyenne to even their season record at 1-1.
HOW THEY FARED
A look at how the top 10 teams in the Southern Nevada Football Coaches Poll fared in Week 3
1. Bishop Gorman (3-0) beat St. John Bosco (California), 35-20. Next: vs. Kahuku (Hawaii), Saturday.
2. Liberty (2-0) was idle. Next: vs. No. 3 Desert Pines, Thursday.
3. Desert Pines (3-0) beat Clark, 41-7. Next: at No. 2 Liberty, Thursday.
4. Arbor View (2-1) beat Foothill, 40-15. Next: at Faith Lutheran, Friday, Sept. 23.
5. Centennial (1-1) was idle. Next: at No. 7 Las Vegas, Friday.
6. Green Valley (2-1) beat Palo Verde, 28-17. Next: vs. Eldorado, Friday, Sept. 23.
7. Las Vegas (2-0) beat Cimarron-Memorial, 50-14. Next: vs. No. 5 Centennial, Friday.
8. Basic (2-0) was idle. Next: vs. Clark, Friday.
9. Legacy (2-0) beat Moapa Valley, 45-7. Next: at Coronado, Friday.
10. Shadow Ridge (2-0) beat Valley, 65-14. Next: at Las Vegas, Friday, Sept. 23.
For complete coverage of all of the games from Week 3, visit nevadapreps.com.