Here’s a look at what happened during Week 6 of the high school football season.
What we learned
1. Kenyon Oblad may not be the greatest quarterback to play in the state, but the Liberty senior sits alone atop Nevada’s record book for career passing yards.
Oblad completed 19 of 32 passes for 288 yards and four TDs on Thursday in a 49-14 road win over Green Valley. He set the record when he dumped off a 5-yard pass to Cervontes White late in the first quarter, giving him 87 yards in the game and 10,117 for his career.
The previous mark was 10,113, set by Bishop Gorman’s Jarrett Solomon from 2009 to 2012. Oblad now has 10,318 career yards. Coaches from Western Kentucky, UNLV and UNR were in attendance on Thursday. Oblad plans to visit Western Kentucky.
2. Mojave is a real contender in the Class 3A Sunset League. The Rattlers may have blown a 22-0 lead on Thursday, but they rallied for a 34-28 win over Sunrise Mountain in the Sunset League opener for both teams.
Mojave now is 4-1, and holds a win over traditional Class 3A power Moapa Valley. The Rattlers only won one game last season. They’ll get a chance to make an even bigger statement when they play at defending Class 3A state champ Desert Pines next week.
3. Las Vegas High is not the same this season.
The Wildcats, who won three state titles between 2001 and 2006, have made the playoffs 18 straight times. That streak probably won’t end this season, but that’s only because of how dismal the Northeast League has been.
Las Vegas only needs one league win to qualify for the postseason. But the team’s next win will be its first after Moapa Valley dominated the Wildcats 40-14 on Thursay, dropping them to 0-5.
And things don’t get easier, as Las Vegas plays at league favorite Canyon Springs next week. The five Northeast League teams have combined for two nonleague wins.
Upset of the week
Faith Lutheran 20, Legacy 13 — Both teams came in ranked among the top 10 teams in Class 4A, so this wasn’t a monumental upset.
But for a Faith Lutheran team that started the season 0-3, it was a key Northwest League victory. Sagan Gronauer, who missed the end of the team’s win over Palo Verde last week because of a foot injury, came back to pass for 327 yards and two TDs to lead the Crusaders.
Faith Lutheran took the lead for good o a 28-yard pass from Gronauer to Dalton Kincaid on the final play of the third quarter. Star receiver Elijah Kothe had four catches for just 26 yards, but it didn’t matter as other targets came through.
Kincaid caught four passes for 92 yards, and Peyton Thornton had six catches for 104 yards.
Sagan Gronauer, Faith Lutheran — 19-33 passing, 327 yards, 2 TDs
Paul Myro, Basic, 24-47 passing — 309 yards, 4 TDs
Kenyon Oblad, Liberty, 19-32 passing — 288 yards, 4 TDs
George Tribble, Cimarron-Memorial — 12-20 passing, 245 yards, 3 TDs
A.J. Barilla, Green Valley, 18-39 passing — 241 yards, 2 TDs
Clarence Rose, Cheyenne — 14 carries, 178 yards, 4 TDs
Kody Presser, Shadow Ridge — 10 carries, 169 yards, 2 TDs
Chamere Thomas, Palo Verde — 8 carries, 159 yards, 3 TDs
Logan Jackson, Moapa Valley — 12 carries, 159 yards, 2 TDs
Jaquari Hannie, Arbor View — 16 carries, 152 yards, 1 TD
Trayvon Ward, Sunrise Mountain — 21 carries, 152 yards, 2 TDs
Kevin O’Neill, Durango — 7 catches, 153 yards, 2 TDs
Kyle Graham, Arbor View — 3 catches, 119 yards, 1 TD
Isaiah Bigby, Clark — 5 catches, 115 yards, 2 TDs
Cervontes White, Liberty — 5 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD
Zack Grismanauskas, Basic — 7 catches, 109 yards, 1 TD
“It’s a special record. In order to be in that category with that many yards, you’ve got to start for four years or be healthy. It says a lot about Kenyon, what a talented young man he is to be sitting alone now atop the Nevada state record book.”
— Liberty coach Rich Muraco after quarterback Kenyon Oblad set the state record for career passing yards.
“He’s an assassin. He’s all business. He’s been starting since he was a freshman. There’s not too many guys in the city that have as many starts as he does, and he’s starting to get some recognition for what he’s doing.”
— Shadow Ridge coach Travis Foster on quarterback Kody Presser, who rushed for 169 yards and two TDs in a 59-20 road win over Cimarron-Memorial.
“We were scared a bit, I ain’t going to lie. But our kids rose to the occasion. They wanted the challenge. Sometimes it just takes a challenge like that to get them fired up and get them going.”
— Mojave coach Abraham Gonzalez after his team blew a 22-0 lead before beating Sunrise Mountain 34-28 in overtime.
“I love the enthusiasm the kids had. I love the way they played together. It’s been tough. You know everything that happened, that’s not what Basic football is about and never has been. And our kids felt that.”
— Basic coach Jeff Cahill after his team’s 34-30 road win over Silverado. It was the first game for the Wolves since a Sept. 15 brawl with Canyon Springs.
“Starting 0-4, everyone starts to get those self-doubt. To come out this first league game and win by 40 points, it’s really a testament that we belong here. We’re not just a pushover.”
— Eldorado coach Robert Cutts after his team’s 48-8 win over Rancho in the Northeast League opener for both teams.
“We were shut down for a little bit, but it felt good to get back out here and run around and play. They know an opportunity was taken away, they lost it, they blew it.”
— Canyon Springs coach Gus McNair after his team’s 54-6 road victory over Valley. It was the Pioneers first game in 13 days after a brawl with Basic forced last week’s game.
How they fared
A look at how the teams in the Review-Journal rankings fared in Week 6.
1. Bishop Gorman (4-2) beat Spring Valley, 63-0. Next: at Clark, Friday, Oct. 6.
2. Liberty (4-1) beat No. 4 Green Valley, 49-14. Next: vs. No. 5 Foothill, Friday, Oct. 6.
3. Arbor View (5-0) beat Centennial, 44-7. Next: at Palo Verde, Friday, Oct. 6.
4. Green Valley (4-1) lost to No. 2 Liberty, 49-14. Next: at Silverado, Friday, Oct. 6.
5. Foothill (5-0) beat Coronado, 38-0. Next: at No. 2 Liberty, Friday, Oct. 6.
6. Legacy (4-2) lost to No. 8 Faith Lutheran, 20-13. Next: at No. 3 Arbor View, Friday, Oct. 13.
7. Shadow Ridge (4-1) beat Cimarron-Memorial, 59-20. Next: at Centennial, Friday, Oct. 6.
8. Faith Lutheran (2-3) beat No. 6 Legacy, 20-13. Next: vs. Cimarron-Memorial, Friday, Oct. 6.
9. Sierra Vista (4-1) beat Bonanza, 48-0. Next: at Desert Oasis, Friday, Oct. 6.
10. Canyon Springs (2-4) beat Valley, 54-6. Next: vs. Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 6.
1. Desert Pines (2-2) beat Pahrump Valley, 28-0. Next: vs. No. 3 Mojave, Friday, Oct. 6.
2. Chaparral (5-1) beat Desert Oasis, 28-7. Next: at No. 4 Moapa Valley, Friday, Oct. 6.
3. Mojave (4-1) beat Sunrise Mountain, 34-28. Next: at No. 1 Desert Pines, Friday, Oct. 6.
4. Moapa Valley (3-1) beat Las Vegas, 40-14. Next: vs. No. 2 Chaparral, Friday, Oct. 6.
5. Virgin Valley (4-2) beat Boulder City, 36-12. Next: at Moapa Valley, Friday, Oct. 13.
1. Needles (4-0) at No. 4 Democracy Prep, Friday. Next: vs. No. 3 Lake Mead, Friday, Oct. 6.
2. Lincoln County (4-2) beat Laughlin, 48-0. Next: vs. Calvary Chapel, Friday, Oct. 6.
3. Lake Mead (2-1) vs. Calvary Chapel, Friday. Next: at No. 1 Needles, Friday, Oct. 6.
4. Democracy Prep (2-1) vs. Needles, Friday. Next: at The Meadows, Friday, Oct. 6.
5. The Meadows (2-3) beat Mountain View, by forfeit. Next: vs. Democracy Prep, Friday, Oct. 6.
1. Pahrangat Valley (4-0) at No. 4 Tonopah, Friday. Next: vs. No. 5 Indian Springs, Friday, Oct. 6.
2. Spring Mountain (3-1) was idle. Next: vs. Round Mountain, Friday, Oct. 6.
3. Beatty (4-0) beat No. 5 Indian Springs, 40-0. Next: at Round Mountain, Friday, Oct. 13.
4. Tonopah (2-2) vs. No. 1 Pahranagat Valley, Friday. Next: vs. Beaver Dam, Friday, Oct. 6.
5. Indian Springs (1-4) lost to No. 3 Beatty, 40-0. Next: at No. 1 Pahranagat Valley, Friday, Oct. 6.
See the following stories for some of the RJ’s video coverage from Week 6.