But Dragons senior running back Dezerick Reed found his footing at Silverado just fine.
Del Sol held high-powered Silverado to less than 100 yards on the ground, while Reed rushed for a season-high 227 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 4-ranked and unbeaten Dragons to a 27-7 victory.
Reed, who scored on runs of 2, 6, and 2 yards, said his team was mindful of what was on the line, and knew the Dragon defense would be key.
“You know both teams are 5-0; you know it’s to try to be division champs,” said Reed, who also made a sack at outside linebacker. “I expected it to be a little more of a battle, but we rolled them up.
Del Sol (6-0, 3-0) limited the No. 5-ranked Skyhawks (5-1, 1-1) to 97 rushing yards, and they had only 43 while trailing 27-0 with six minutes to play.
The Dragons finished with four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against a Silverado offense that entered averaging nearly 42 points and more than 350 rushing yards.
“It’s the key to our success this year,” Del Sol coach Preston Goroff said of his defense. “And tonight our offense finally got rolling again.”
The Dragons outgained Silverado 112-34 in the first half, but led only 7-0 largely because of two drive-stopping interceptions by Skyhawks defensive back Dariouse Gravely.
Del Sol took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 75 yards on 11 plays. Nine of the plays were runs by Reed, who capped the drive from 6 yards out.
On the ensuing Silverado possession, Evan Weinstock picked off a pass and raced 75 yards for a 21-0 lead.
“It was a tipped ball. I was just happy it came in my direction, and then I just ran as fast as I could,” said Weinstock, who had two interceptions.
“We just had a good defensive plan, and we knew they couldn’t do anything on us if everyone played together.”
Teran Madu-Jules led Silverado with 101 yards on 19 carries, but more than half of his yards came on the final drive.
Cheyenne 13, Centennial 6 — At Centennial, the Desert Shields (3-4, 3-3 Northwest) turned two interceptions into scores and held the Bulldogs (4-3, 4-2) to 113 total yards.
Duhjuan Miller intercepted Centennial’s Christopher Henderson early in the second quarter, setting up Kody Stahl’s 33-yard TD pass to Jordan Butler.
Centennial answered with Javanh Sanders 2-yard run in the third quarter.
With the Bulldogs driving for the possible go-ahead score on their next possession, Henderson was intercepted by Davion Moore, who returned the ball 17 yards to the Centennial 43. From there, the Desert Shields marched the 43 yards in seven plays, with backup quarterback Chris Spencer finding Marquise Hall on a 6-yard TD on fourth-and-goal.
Hall ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Kimurey Miles added 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Brian Mikol’s kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half put Western (1-5, 1-4) ahead 28-0. The Warriors were missing seven players who were suspensed for their role in a fight last week against Bonanza.
An interception by Sierra Vista’s Gary Jacobs at the 10-yard line ended Western’s final possession.
Green Valley 26, Coronado 13 — At Green Valley, Jordan Corbett completed 8 of 19 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators (3-3, 1-1 Southeast) held off the Cougars (2-3, 0-3).
Green Valley led 17-0 at halftime on Nolan Kohorst’s 48-yard field goal and Corbett TD passes of 12 yards to Jarod Mielcarek and 32 to Bobby Shiroky.
Coronado answered in the third quarter on a 1-yard plunge by Kentavius Hudson. But Cougars QB Ryan Newton was sacked in the end zone for a safety, and the Gators’ Treveece Jackson scored on a 29-yard run with 3:57 remaining.
Newton, who completed 23 of 53 passes for 277 yards, scored on a 4-yard run late in the game.
Belen scored on runs of 30, 38 and 53 yards. Shaquille Powell also had three touchdown runs, and finished with 94 yards on eight carries.
Bonanza played without five starters who were suspended for fighting in last week’s game against Western.
The Bengals never threatened. The Gaels led 44-0 at halftime, pulled several starters early in the third quarter and a running clock was used in the second half.
Gorman freshman Jarrett Solomon completed 4 of 5 passes for 64 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown to Xavier Grimble.
Bonanza quarterback Sterling Sprau completed 6 of 15 for 65 yards, but did not play in the second half.
Mitchell also scored on a 35-yard return of his second interception of the fourth quarter.
Brennen Stott completed 14 of 20 passes for 180 yards, including a 55-yard TD to Ronald Hunt. Also, Hunt threw a 35-yard TD pass to Stott after a handoff.
Hunt rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries and had two catches for 74 yards.
Andre Clay finished with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for Clark.
Shadow Ridge 13, Mojave 9 — At Mojave, Nick Krueger recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Mustangs (1-5, 1-4 Northwest) gained their first win.
It was Shadow Ridge’s second blocked punt of the game. Daryl Scott rushed for 65 yards for the Mustangs, and Michael Tootle had an 11-yard TD run.
Mojave (2-4, 1-4) drove to the Shadow Ridge 15 in the final two minutes, but the Rattlers were out of timeouts and couldn’t score.
Ronald Adams rushed for 77 yards to lead Mojave. Clarence Prophet scored on a 1-yard run and Chris Gorges kicked a 22-yard field goal.
Canyon Springs compiled 483 total yards, with Marquice Turner rushing for 98 on seven carries, including touchdowns of 54, 14 and 15.
Ward completed 11 of 24 passes, including scoring strikes of 25 yards to Johnathon James and 22 to Daveon Collins.
Rancho’s Harvey Yarbrough returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown with 1:39 remaining.
Dominique Smith recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another Las Vegas touchdown.
Cameron Rogers had a 25-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats. Riyaadh Nevins rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Greg Tucker scored on a 12-yard run for Chaparral (0-6, 0-2).
Thomas Flanagan ran 78 yards for a touchdown on Arbor View’s first offensive play, and Virgil’s 2-point conversion made it 8-0 after only 19 seconds.
Flanagan finished with 97 yards on four carries. Arbor View dominated on the ground with 363 yards, including Virgil’s touchdowns of 61 and 27 yards.
Also scoring rushing TDs for Arbor View were Roderick Eason (19 yards), Marus Williams (3), Christian Rodriguez (8) and Joe Brooks (1). Austin Anderson threw a 25-yard TD to Demon Scurry.
Joe Portaro’s 4-yard run accounted for Faith Lutheran’s touchdown.
Spring Valley fullback Austyn Wallace had 128 yards and a touchdown, while the Grizzlies’ defense made two interceptions and allowed 86 yards.
Dajhan Celius returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for Pahrump’s lone score.
Cimarron-Memorial 54, Durango 7 — At Cimarron, Stephen Nixon returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and James Poole scored on runs of 47, 32, 79 and 55 yards in the first half as the No. 7 Spartans (4-2, 3-2 Northwest) ended a four-game winning streak by the No. 9 Trailblazers (5-2, 4-1).
Cimarron amassed 492 total yards, led by Poole’s 264 rushing yards on 16 carries. The Spartans put the ball in the air only seven times, but Kenny Banks completed five for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Durango running back Julio Mora was held to 24 yards on 19 carries.
Moapa Valley quarterback Kelan Weiss’ first two passes were touchdowns of 34 yards to Dillon Gordon and 37 to Matt Newton.
Weiss was 12 of 16 for 258 yards and three TDs. Newton caught five passes for 138 yards and two scores for the Pirates, who compiled 451 yards.
Foothill’s Kyle Keplinger scored on a 28-yard fumble return in the second quarter and Charles Fisher on a 62-yard interception return in the fourth.
The Falcons were held to 73 yards without leading rusher Connor Afoa, who sat out with an ankle injury. Coach Martin Redmond said Afoa will likely return next week.
Boulder City 28, Eldorado 0 — At Boulder City, Devin Combs rushed for 150 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns, and Kyle Dimpel made two interceptions as the Eagles (5-2) blanked the Sundevils (0-6) for their second shutout of the year.
Jack LaMarca added a 55-yard scoring run, and Ryan Washburn passed for 69 yards, including a 20-yard TD to Preston Swasey.
Eldorado’s Daytron Green rushed for 75 yards.
Vidal scored on first-quarter runs of 8 and 3 yards and added a 29-yard TD in the third quarter, helping the Bulldogs compile 326 yards on the ground.
Humberto Urias threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cohen in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs also got rushing touchdowns from Daniel Gleave, Jade Jensen, Trevor Griffin and Jimmy Cannon.
Sunrise Mountain was held to 105 yards.
Pahranagat Valley 72, Spring Mountain 18 — At Alamo, Jensen Jones rushed for touchdowns of 14, 7 and 10 yards and the Panthers (6-0, 4-0) built a 66-6 lead in their battle for first place in the Class 1A Southern League.
Tyler Higbee added scoring runs of 6 and 5 yards in the second half.
Chase Hansen caught a 16-yard TD pass from Cody Hosier and returned an interception 37 yards for another score. Kade Wadsworth added a 6-yard TD run and had a 27-yard interception return.
For Spring Mountain (5-2, 3-1), Clarence Torres scored in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Robby Lindbloom.
The Meadows 26, Needles (Calif.) 19 — At Needles, Calif., Garrett Gosse passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns to guide The Meadows (4-1, 3-0 2A Southern) past Needles (3-3, 2-2).
Gosse threw scoring passes of 55 and 35 yards to Max Newman and 15 to Austin Brown. David Liu rushed for 111 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.
Jozef Guzman rushed for 83 yards, including two 5-yard touchdowns for Needles.
Lincoln County 54, Agassi Prep 0 — At Panaca, the Lynx (4-2, 3-1 Class 2A Southern League) sprinted to a 40-0 halftime lead over the Stars (3-2, 2-2).
Eric Rippetoe passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Tonopah 49, Henderson International 18 — At Tonopah, Denver Otteson rushed for 199 yards and five touchdowns to carry the Muckers (2-4, 2-1 Class 1A Southern League) past the Wolverines (2-4, 1-2).