Here’s a look at what happened during Week 5 of the high school football season.
What we learned
1. Don’t count out Faith Lutheran.
Just when it looked like the Crusaders’ season might be on the ropes, backup quarterback Connor Paravia engineered an unlikely comeback for the team’s first win of the season.
Palo Verde jumped out to a 17-0 lead Saturday, and Faith Lutheran quarterback Sagan Gronauer went down with a foot injury.
Lights out for the Crusaders? Nope.
Paravia and Faith Lutheran scored 20 fourth-quarter points to pull out a Northwest League win. The bad news is there are no easy nights in the Northwest. Unlike the Northeast, the Northwest has combined for 16 wins, and half of the league’s losses have come in league games.
2. Arbor View is clearly the class of the Northwest. Not that that’s big news, but the Aggies played part of Saturday’s game against Shadow Ridge with a running clock and won 55-26.
This was the same Shadow Ridge team that had outscored opponents 145-49 and was ranked No. 7 against Class 4A clubs.
Looks like Arbor View is on track for a fourth straight league title.
3. The Northeast League is a train wreck right now, and four of the five teams will make the postseason.
The league has combined to go 2-19 to start the season, and even league favorite Canyon Springs is 1-4 (although two of the losses were forfeits following last week’s brawl with Basic).
Canyon Springs and Las Vegas generally are quality programs, but the Wildcats fell to 0-4 under first-year coach Erick Capetillo, and look like shadows of their former selves.
All of that has to have Southeast League teams salivating, at least for the first-round playoff matchups.
Upset of the week
Virgin Valley 30, Sunrise Mountain 27 — This was as close as we got to a true upset this week, although the Bulldogs winning this nonleague game at home was hardly a shock.
Lane Ramos kicked a field goal to give the Bulldogs the lead, and the Miners, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, missed a late field goal that would have tied it. Both teams figure to be contenders in the Class 3A leagues.
Kaden Renshaw, Durango — 14-27 passing, 154 yards, 2 TDs
Trevor Genter, Sierra Vista — 5-7 passing, 150 yards, 3 TDs
Vlad Plotnikov, Centennial — 15-25 passing, 145 yards, 2 TDs
Jayden Yeager, Needles — 6-9 passing, 137 yards, 1 TD
Justin Aguilar, Clark — 2-7 passing, 135 yards, 1 TD
Chamere Thomas, Palo Verde — 37 carries, 260 yards, 2 TDs
Taariq Flowers, Del Sol — 18 carries, 229 yards, 3 TDs
Deago Stubbs, Arbor View, — 7 carries, 189 yards, 3 TDs
Aubrey Nellems, Shadow Ridge — 19 carries, 187 yards, 3 TDs
Zacari Holbert, Coronado — 22 carries, 174 yards, 1 TD
Aubrey Washington, Legacy — 15 carries, 168 yards, 1 TD
Isiaha Conner, Centennial — 7 catches, 94 yards
Aquantay Morris, Clark — 1 catch, 87 yards, 1 TD
Kevin McCray, Sierra Vista — 3 catches, 76 yards, 2 TDs
Chase Hoy, Moapa Valley — 2 catches, 76 yards
“We were just rallying to the ball. We just had each other’s back from the start.”
— Sierra Vista linebacker Jahssiah Maiava, who had two sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown in a 49-14 win over Clark.
“When we have a unit like this, we always know if one of us gets tired or goes down, we can always put the next guy in and he’ll do the job right.”
— Arbor View running back Kyle Graham after the Aggies topped Shadow Ridge, 55-26.
“That’s a tough situation to walk into. He hadn’t taken a snap all year in a game … We trusted him.”
— Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox after backup quarterback Connor Paravia led the Crusaders to 20 fourth-quarter points, erasing a 17-0 deficit for a 20-17 home win over Palo Verde.
“We just have a good mix of kids right now. We can throw the ball a little bit. We can run the ball a little bit. They’re learning to win.”
— Foothill coach Marty Redmond after his team’s 35-0 home win over Eldorado.
“We take it as disrespect when teams are on the goal line against us, we don’t want anybody to score. I love when people sleep on me because it makes me play a lot harder. I just go out and make as many plays as possible.”
— Legacy linebacker Amere Foster following his team’s 35-14 win over Centennial.
“I asked him if he wanted to go for it, and he said, ‘Coach, I’ll make it.’ He wanted to win the game.”
— Coronado coach William Froman after kicker Gavin Wale nailed a 26-yard field goal with 3:26 remaining to give the Cougars a 30-28 road win over Las Vegas.
How they fared
A look at how the teams in the Review-Journal rankings fared in Week 5.
1. Bishop Gorman (3-2) beat Bonanza, 58-0. Next: vs. Spring Valley, Thursday.
2. Liberty (3-1) was idle. Next: at No. 4 Green Valley, Thursday.
3. Arbor View (4-0) beat No. 7 Shadow Ridge, 55-26. Next: vs. Centennial, Thursday.
4. Green Valley (4-0) was idle. Next: vs. No. 2 Liberty, Thursday.
5. Foothill (4-0) beat Eldorado, 35-0. Next: at Coronado, Thursday.
6. Legacy (4-1) beat Centennial, 35-14. Next: vs. No. 8 Faith Lutheran, Thursday.
7. Shadow Ridge (3-1) lost to No. 3 Arbor View, 55-26. Next: at Cimarron-Memorial, Thursday.
8. Faith Lutheran (1-3) beat Palo Verde, 20-17. Next: at No. 6 Legacy, Thursday.
9. Canyon Springs (1-4) lost to Silverado, by forfeit. Next: at Valley, Thursday.
10. Sierra Vista (3-1) beat Clark, 49-14. Next: vs. Bonanza, Thursday.
1. Desert Pines (1-2) was idle. Next: at Pahrump Valley, Thursday.
2. Chaparral (4-1) beat Rancho, 63-0. Next: at Desert Oasis, Thursday.
3. Mojave (3-1) was idle. Next: vs. No. 5 Sunrise Mountain, Thursday.
4. Moapa Valley (3-1) beat Boulder City, 16-0. Next: vs. Las Vegas, Thursday.
5. Sunrise Mountain (2-2) lost to Virgin Valley, 30-27. Next: at No. 3 Mojave, Thursday.
1. Needles (4-0) beat Calvary Chapel, 60-0. Next: at No. 4 Democracy Prep, Friday.
2. Lincoln County (3-2) beat The No. 5 The Meadows, 54-0. Next: vs. Laughlin, Thursday.
3. Lake Mead (2-1) beat Laughlin, 42-0. Next: vs. Calvary Chapel, Friday.
4. Democracy Prep (2-1) beat Mountain View, 56-0. Next: vs. No. 1 Needles, Friday.
5. The Meadows (1-3) lost to No. 2 Lincoln County, 54-0. Next: vs. Mountain View, Thursday.
1. Pahranagat Valley (4-0) beat Round Mountain, by forfeit. Next: at No. 4 Tonopah, Friday.
2. Spring Mountain (3-1) beat No. 5 Indian Springs, 58-0. Next: vs. Round Mountain, Friday, Oct. 6.
3. Beatty (3-0) beat Beaver Dam, 42-0. Next: at No. 5 Indian Springs, Thursday.
4. Tonopah (2-2) was idle. Next: vs. No. 1 Pahranagat Valley, Friday.
5. Indian Springs (1-3) lost to No. 2 Spring Mountain, 58-0. Next: vs. No. 3 Beatty, Thursday.
See the following stories for some of the RJ’s video coverage from Week 5.