Del Sol’s Taariq Flowers wasted no time making his presence felt on Saturday night.
And the senior running back didn’t back off.
Flowers scored on a 64-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, and finished with 229 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Dragons rolled to a 44-6 road win over Western.
Flowers, along with quarterback Andre Navares, brother Maalik Flowers and receiver/returner Barry Williams staked the Dragons to 38-0 first-half lead with scores through the air, on the ground and through the return game.
The defense intercepted two passes in the half and held down any Warrior attempts at a comeback until well into the second half.
Taariq Flowers and Williams each scored twice in the first quarter, with Flowers’ runs of 64 and 2 yards and Williams catching a 21-yard scoring pass and returning a punt 85 yards for a TD.
Taariq Flowers’ third score of the game, following the first Del Sol interception, came from 24 yards out. The second interception led to a drive that ended with Maalik Flowers hauling in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Navares.
With the clock running, the Warriors took the entirety of the third quarter for their lone scoring drive of the game, with Rayjon Reed scoring from 2 yards with 9:42 to go in the fourth quarter. A second Western scoring drive was thwarted when Kayce Cohon intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.
Reed had 60 yards on 13 carries to lead Western , and Giovannie Garcia rushed for 55 yards and passed for 58.
Silverado 32, Valley 13 — At Valley, quarterback Kana Hoapili passed for 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Skyhawks past the Vikings.
Silverado (1-2) moved linebacker Myron Mingo to running back, and he proved to be a big challenge for Valley (0-3). Mingo broke several long runs and finished with 83 yards on 11 carries.
Hoapili completed 7 of 9 passes, including TD tosses of 36 and 12 yards to Bravyn Aquino.
Valley was able to keep things close in the first half despite two turnovers and a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.
After Silverado took an 8-0 lead on a 14-yard TD run by Jacob Mendez and a 2-point conversion, Valley answered with a 13-yard TD pass from Endy Diaz to Trayvon Mack-Escoto with 1:05 to go in the first quarter.
Hoapili’s first touchdown pass to Aquino made it 15-6 at the break.
The second half was completely controlled by Silverado. The Skyhawks scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 29-6. The scores came on 1-yard run by Joshua Lathers and Hoapili’s second touchdown pass to Aquino.
Silverado prevented the Vikings offense from crossing midfield again until their last drive of the game, which was capped by a 17-yard TD pass from Bryce Jones to Seth Jarrett with 2:44 to play.
Jones finished with a team-high 41 yards on 14 carries for Valley.
Moapa Valley 16, Boulder City 0 — At Boulder City, the Pirates used a strong defensive effort to overcome six turnovers in a shut out of the Eagles.
Logan Jackson scored both Moapa Valley touchdowns, on runs of 15 and 11 yards, and the Pirates forced four Boulder City turnovers while limiting the Eagles to 152 yards of total offense.
The teams each had three turnovers in the first half, with the only points coming on Jackson’s first touchdown run with 1:36 to go in the first quarter.
Both Moapa Valley (3-1) and Boulder City (2-3) missed on scoring opportunities in the first half with red-zone turnovers. The Eagles lost a fumble on second-and-goal from the Moapa 1-yard line, and the Pirates saw a bid for a score before the halftime whistle thwarted by the Eagles’ Briggs Huxford, who picked off a pass in the end zone.
Jackson doubled the Moapa Valley lead with his 11-yard TD run with 2:52 to go in the third quarter, and the defenses took over again from there. Boulder City’s comeback bid was hindered by a wayward snap on a punt attempt from its own end zone, leading to a safety with 5:31 to play for the final margin.
Braeden St. John ran for 90 yards for Moapa Valley. Daxton Longman completed 6 of 10 passes for 91 yards, and Chase Hoy picked up 76 yards receiving for the Pirates.
Chaparral 63, Rancho 0 — At Chaparral, TyRay Collins scored three touchdowns to help the Cowboys rout the Rams.
Collins rushed for 68 yards on three carries, including TD runs of 39 and 10 yards in the first quarter. He also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:42 to go in the opening quarter to put Chaparral (4-1) up 21-0.
The Cowboys defense scored three touchdowns, as well. Tre Roberts led the defensive scoring by returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns. He had a 35-yard interception return for a score with 1:43 to go in the first quarter, and added a 39-yard scoring return with 10:42 to go in the second to make it 35-0.
Chaparral also recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Sheik Fofanah’s first run of the night went for 41 yards, which was the Cowboys’ longest of the game. Fofanah finished with 83 rushing yards and one touchdown on eight carries.
Trayvius Hodge had three carries for 51 yards and scored on a 20-yard run in the second quarter.
Jonathan Gunter led the Rams (0-4) with 23 yards on five carries.
Democracy Prep 56, Mountain View 0 — At Mountain View, Micah Gayman threw two touchdown passes and the Blue Knights rolled past the Saints.
Ramon Green, Vanell Meeks and Chuck Holiday each added rushing touchdowns for Democracy Prep.
The Blue Knights (1-1) also got a touchdown from its defense when Gary Reece scooped a fumble and returned it 33 yards. Democracy Prep added a special teams touchdown when Elijah Neal blocked Tyrell Brooks’ punt and Kemari Cooper returned it 25 yards for a score.
Four plays into the second half, Brooks, who also plays quarterback for the Saints (0-2), took a vicious hit by several Democracy Prep defenders and was removed from the game.
Already short players from injuries earlier in the game, Mountain View coach Frank DeSantis called the game at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter because of safety concerns as the Saints were down to 11 players.
Virgin Valley 30, Sunrise Mountain 27 — At Mesquite, Lane Ramos kicked a field goal to put the Bulldogs up by the final margin, and the Miners missed a kick late in the fourth quarter that would have tied it.
Easton Jensen returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown for the Bulldogs (3-2).
The Miners fell to 2-2.
Lake Mead 42, Laughlin 0 — At Laughlin, the Eagles scored three first-half touchdowns and rolled past the Cougars.
Lake Mead improved to 2-1, 1-1 in the Class 2A Southern League.
Laughlin fell to 1-2, 0-2.