Highlights from Week 4 of high school football

Here’s a look at what happened during Week 4 of the high school football season.

What we learned

1. We’ve all seen games get chippy and teenagers lose control. But what happened at the end of the Canyon Springs-Basic game on Friday was enough to turn your stomach.

The game had numerous personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, and things finally boiled over just as the game ended in a Canyon Springs 20-15 victory. A fight erupted and punches were thrown as coaches and players from both teams clustered near midfield. School district police used pepper spray to end the melee.

High school sporting events aren’t supposed to end with brawls or players and coaches being pepper sprayed.

2. Interceptions can certainly change a game. Look at Clark’s Isaiah Veal, who picked off three passes to key the Chargers 36-0 win over Desert Oasis. Veal has six interceptions already to help Clark to a 2-1 record.

You can also look at Cheyenne’s Anthony Walker, who picked off three passes in a 45-30 victory over Valley. The Desert Shields intercepted seven passes and forced eight turnovers in earning their first win of the season.

3. First-year Cimarron-Memorial head coach Kory Walker seems to have the Spartans on the right track. The Spartans went 1-8 last season, and won two games the year before. But Cimarron moved to 3-0 on Friday after scoring with 31 seconds left to knock off Centennial, 31-28.

Cimarron is looking for its first winning record since 2013, but the Spartans won’t have an easy time in the rugged Northwest League.

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Upset of the week

Mojave 38, Moapa Valley 20 — There isn’t a Class 3A school with more football tradition than Moapa Valley, which has advanced to the state title game nine times since 2006. Mojave, on the other hand, has only made the playoffs four times in the school’s history.

But the Rattlers weren’t fazed, scoring the final 18 points of the game to knock off the Pirates. Mojave rushed for 410 yards, led by Tawee Walker, who had 234 yards and four TDs.

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Standout performances


Andre Navares, Del Sol — 14-21 passing, 352 yards, 5 TDs

Vlad Plotnikov, Centennial — 13-23 passing, 270 yards, 2 TDs

Tyler Williamson, Desert Pines — 12-21 passing, 244 yards, 4 TDs

A.J. Barilla, Green Valley — 13-17 passing, 226 yards, 4 TDs

Sagan Gronauer, Faith Lutheran — 9-25 passing, 214 yards, 1 TD


Aubrey Nellems, Shadow Ridge — 18 carries, 257 yards, 3 TDs

Tawee Walker, Mojave — 18 carries, 234 yards, 4 TDs

Clarence Rose, Cheyenne — 15 carries, 211 yards, 2 TDs

Zacari Holbert, Coronado — 24 carries, 164 yards, 1 TD

Jayden Perkins, Virgin Valley — 10 carries, 146 yards, 2 TDs


Barry Williams, Del Sol — 6 catches, 187 yards, 3 TDs

Kalyja Waialae, Green Valley — 5 catches, 139 yards, 2 TDs

Isaiah Bigby, Clark — 5 catches, 138 yards, 2 TDs

Markell Turner, Del Sol — 5 catches, 134 yards, 2 TDs

Aaron Morales, Western — 4 catches, 122 yards, 1 TD

Isiaha Conner, Centennial — 5 catches, 121 yards, 2 TDs

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“Over here, Arbor View football is just down your throat. It’s just punch it down your throat, hard football. We’re just going to run the time out.”

— Arbor View running back Kyle Graham after the Aggies beat Faith Lutheran, 27-24.

“We allowed a touchdown, that’s unacceptable to us.”

— Foothill junior Jordan Wilson, who intercepted two passes in his team’s 34-7 road win at Chaparral.

“Offensively, our line gave us its all. I just know I wouldn’t be able to do anything, Elisha (Young) wouldn’t be able to do anything without those guys. Our defense played hard, and we just plugged arguably the best running back in the state.”

— Shadow Ridge running back Aubrey Nellems after the Mustangs 505 yards in a 47-13 win over Las Vegas.

“We beat a very good football team tonight. We didn’t panic once (Moapa Valley) tied the game. We stuck with the gameplan and quickly regained control. I’m so proud of my football team and coaching staff.”

— Mojave coach Abraham Gonzalez after the Rattlers upset Moapa Valley, 38-20.

“It was very important, this is our rivalry for ‘The Real SV,’ so it took a lot of heart for us to come out here and dominate them. We wanted this win, so we came out and we dominated on the field.”

— Sierra Vista defensive tackle Isaiah Palelei after the Mountain Lions beat Spring Valley 41-0.

“I was just doing what I regularly do. As a defense, we all hustled to the ball as a team. We all just helped each other.”

— Clark defensive back Isaiah Veal, who intercepted three passes Friday in a 36-0 win over Desert Oasis and has six interceptions on the season.

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How they fared

A look at how the teams in the Review-Journal rankings fared in Week 4.

Class 4A

1. Bishop Gorman (1-2) plays De La Salle (California) on Saturday. Next: at Bonanza, Saturday, Sept. 23.

2. Liberty (2-1) plays No. 6 Legacy on Saturday. Next: vs. No. 5 Green Valley, Thursday, Sept. 28.

3. Arbor View (2-0) beat No. 7 Faith Lutheran, 27-24. Next: at No. 8 Shadow Ridge, Saturday.

4. Foothill (2-0) beat Class 3A No. 3 Chaparral, 34-7. Next: vs. Eldorado, Saturday.

5. Green Valley (4-0) beat Bonanza, 51-8. Next: vs. No. 2 Liberty, Thursday, Sept. 28.

6. Legacy (3-0) plays No. 2 Liberty on Saturday. Next: vs. Centennial, Saturday.

7. Faith Lutheran (0-2) lost to No. 3 Arbor View, 27-24. Next: vs. Palo Verde, Saturday.

8. Shadow Ridge (2-0) beat Las Vegas, 47-13. Next: vs. No. 3 Arbor View, Saturday.

9. Sierra Vista (1-1) beat Spring Valley, 41-0. Next: vs. Clark, Saturday.

10. Basic (1-1) lost to Canyon Springs, 20-15. Next: at Valley, Saturday.

Class 3A

1. Desert Pines (0-2) beat Silverado, 48-0. Next: at Pahrump Valley, Thursday, Sept. 28.

2. Moapa Valley (2-0) lost to No. 4 Mojave, 38-20. Next: at Boulder City, Saturday.

3. Chaparral (3-0) lost to Class 4A No. 4 Foothill, 34-7. Next: vs. Rancho, Saturday.

4. Mojave (2-1) beat No. 2 Moapa Valley, 38-20. Next: vs. No. 5 Sunrise Mountain, Thursday, Sept. 28.

5. Sunrise Mountain (2-1) was idle. Next: at Virgin Valley, Saturday.

Class 2A

1. Needles (2-0) beat Mountain View, 44-0. Next: at Calvary Chapel, Friday.

2. Lincoln County (1-2) beat No. 3 Lake Mead, 36-23. Next: at The Meadows, Friday.

3. Lake Mead (1-0) lost to No. 2 Lincoln County, 36-23. Next: at No. 4 Laughlin, Saturday.

4. Laughlin (1-1) lost to The Meadows, 24-6. Next: vs. No. 3 Lake Mead, Saturday.

5. Democracy Prep (0-1) beat Calvary Chapel, 54-6. Next: at Mountain View, Friday.

Class 1A

1. Pahranagat Valley (2-0) beat Carlin, 62-6. Next: vs. Round Mountain, Friday.

2. Spring Mountain (2-1) lost to Bloomington Christian (Calif.), 64-20. Next: vs. No. 5 Indian Springs, Saturday.

3. Tonopah (2-1) lost to No. 4 Beatty, 65-18. Next: vs. No. 1 Pahranagat Valley, Friday, Sept. 29.

4. Beatty (0-0) beat No. 3 Tonopah, 65-18. Next: vs. Beaver Dam, Friday.

5. Indian Springs (0-2) beat Round Mountain, 26-12. Next: at No. 2 Spring Mountain, Saturday.

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Video coverage

See the following stories for some of the RJs video coverage from Week 4.

Fight breaks out, pepper spray used after Canyon Springs-Basic game

Arbor View rides rushing attack to win over Faith Lutheran

Roundup: Falcons defense dominates at Chaparral

Shadow Ridge runs over Las Vegas, 47-13

Coronado logs first win of season behind Zacari Holbert