Watching from atop the Legacy high school press box, Longhorns coach John Isola saw senior running back Aubrey Washington race towards the left sideline, only to spin back into the field to evade defenders and cap a 20-yard touchdown run.
Isola’s reaction was similar to the one the rest of Legacy’s homecoming crowd had.
“That’s sick,” Isola said.
It wouldn’t be the only time Isola would think that on Friday. Washington ran for 195 yards and four touchdowns on only 10 carries in the Longhorns’ 35-0 win against visiting Cimarron-Memorial.
“What can you say? The kid’s a beast,” Isola said. “He’s got grades, he’s got everything and I really hope that people start recognizing that so he can get some offers. He’s a sleeper, jumping up as a senior.”
Washington was only too happy to score the first four TDs for Legacy (5-3, 3-2 Northwest League) on a night where the team’s seniors were honored and a section of the crowd brought four large cutouts of his face to cheer him on with. Even with all the emotion and energy, Washington stayed patient as a runner, busting some of his biggest runs on delayed handoffs.
Isola said Washington, who had two TDs in the second quarter and one each in the third and fourth, is the most patient back he’s had in his 19 years coaching in Las Vegas.
“That’s my game so I love it,” Washington said. “I take pride in that.”
Washington also played plenty of snaps for the Longhorns’ defense, which earned its first shutout of the season. Legacy held the Spartans (3-4, 1-4) to 87 total yards, and when Isola implored his players at halftime to earn the shutout for defensive coordinator A.J. Lewis, they obliged.
“I needed them to step up in the second half for him. That was the message,” Isola said. “I’m so proud that the guys could do it.”
The Longhorns’ can clinch a playoff berth with a win against Shadow Ridge on Thursday, and could be in with a loss as well depending on the outcome of other games.
“I’ve been coaching for 29 years and this is one of my favorite teams,” Isola said. “I just truly, truly love these guys. They’re like family.”
Bonanza 26, Clark 20 — At Clark, running back Josh Wilson scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to give the Bengals the win over the Chargers.
Wilson ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns, all after halftime.
Wilson supplied a 1-yard TD plunge with 1:24 left in regulation, but Clark’s Aquantay Morris blocked the extra point to preserve the tie at 20-20 and send it to overtime.
Clark had the ball first in overtime, and Bonanza’s Justwin Encher sacked quarterback Justin Aguilar for a 7-yard loss on the Chargers’ first play. Bengals’ cornerback Armani Burns intercepted Aguilar’s pass attempt in the end zone on the next play to hold Clark scoreless.
The Chargers trailed 14-6 at the end of the third quarter, and got a 23-yard TD catch down the right sideline by Morris from Aguilar early in the fourth quarter. Aguilar connected with Isaiah Bigby for the 2-point conversion to tie it at 14, and Aguilar added a 15-yard TD scamper on the ensuing drive with 8:03 remaining to take the lead, 20-14. Clark chose to go for a 2-point pass play again, but Aguilar was intercepted by Terrence McCullough.
Justin Bacon supplied a 29-yard rushing score in the second quarter for Bonanza (2-6, 1-4 Southwest League), and teammate Brandon Estrade contributed a 14-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Bigby opened the scoring with a 13-yard TD catch on a slant pass in the first quarter for the Chargers. Bonanza jumped offside on the point-after kick attempt, and Clark’s 2-point run on the next try was stopped short to make it 6-0.
Bengals quarterback Kyle Allison completed 9 of 24 passes for 134 yards, and Estrada had 52 yards on 14 carries.
Morris tallied 141 yards on 16 rushes, and led the Chargers (2-6, 1-5) with seven tackles.
Faith Lutheran 36, Centennial 20 — At Faith Lutheran, quarterback Sagan Gronauer ran in two touchdowns in the first quarter to set the tone in the Crusaders’ win over the Bulldogs.
The normally pass-focused Crusaders (5-3, 5-1 Northwest League) gained 270 of their 415 yards on the ground with 74 from Pierce Ellington, 68 from Gronauer, 63 from Saundre Spiller and 53 from Connor Paravia. Gronauer scored four times on the ground and threw one touchdown pass to Peyton Thornton.
Four Faith Lutheran turnovers kept the visiting Bulldogs within striking distance most of the night, including a potential game-tying score a minute into the final quarter.
Centennial trailed 22-14 but had first-and-goal at the Faith Lutheran 9-yard line. The Crusaders stopped a pass attempt and stuffed Centennial quarterback Vlad Plotnikov on a 1-yard run before two penalties and two more errant passes ended the threat.
Kamden Garrett had two interceptions for Centennial (0-7, 0-5), which also got two touchdown passes by Plotnikov, and a fumble recovery return for touchdown by Payton Moody.
Canyon Springs 49, Eldorado 0 — At Eldorado, Jayvon Pugh scored three times, including an 84-yard touchdown reception on the first play of scrimmage, to lead the Pioneers over the Sundevils.
With the victory, the Pioneers (4-4, 3-0 Northeast League) clinched the Northeast League title, and are assured of hosting Basic in the first round of the Sunrise League playoffs on Nov. 3.
Pugh hauled in a deep pass from Kajon Edwards, broke a tackle and outran defenders to open the scoring 17 seconds into the game. DiaMante Burton, switching between tailback and quarterback for much of the game, extended the lead with a 70-yard run on a broken pass play. Burton evaded a sack, scrambled for a short gain to the left, reversed field cutting through the defense and down the right sideline for the touchdown.
Pugh scored his second TD on a 38-yard run, and Shakureon Dukes plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard run to give Canyon Springs a 28-0 halftime lead.
Torian Hammond scooped up a blocked punt on the 5-yard line and ran it in for a score early in the third quarter. Pugh scored again on a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth, and Gianni Blackwell added a late touchdown to cap the dominant Pioneer victory.
Pugh finished with 104 yards rushing on just three carries and 111 yards receiving on only two catches. Burton had 148 yards rushing on eight carries. Canyon Springs held Eldorado (1-7, 1-3) to just 89 total yards of offense in the shutout.
Spring Valley 13, Desert Oasis 6 — At Desert Oasis, the Diamondbacks held the Grizzlies to 109 yards of offense, but Spring Valley forced six turnovers to secure the win.
After a sloppy first half from both teams, Marquelle Diggs returned a punt 60 yards in the third quarter to put Spring Valley (5-3, 3-2) on the board first. Later in the quarter, Kash Jenkins scored the Grizzlies’ second touchdown on an 8-yard run.
Desert Oasis’ offense started to click midway through the fourth quarter. With 7:50 remaining, Christian Vaughn capped off a seven-play, 79-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run to make it 13-6.
In the game’s final minutes, Desert Oasis (0-8, 0-5) drove to the Grizzlies’ 39 yard line and seemed poised to make a comeback. But Spring Valley’s Clark Genneken recovered a fumble with 1:33 remaining to secure the victory.
The Grizzlies’ defense nabbed two interceptions and four fumble recoveries on the day.
Mojave 40, Cheyenne 6 — At Cheyenne, the Rattlers took advantage of turnovers, field position, and Tawee Walker’s three touchdowns to clinch a Sunset League playoff berth with a road win over the Desert Shields.
Walker scored on a 65-yard run on the game’s first play, then added another 65-yard scoring run late in the first half to give Mojave (6-2, 3-1) a 12-0 halftime lead.
There was plenty of action in the interim, including two Cheyenne drives that were halted by turnovers in the red zone: a first-quarter fumble near the Mojave goal line and a second quarter interception at the Mojave two.
The Desert Shields (2-5, 1-3) finally put it in the end zone on their first drive of the second half, with Joshua Rose hitting Anthony Walker on a 41-yard gainer, then taking a draw play in from 13 yards for the score.
Walker scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:00 to go in the third quarter. The Rattlers recoved a fumble on the first play of the next drive, setting up a Xavier DeLong 20-yard scoring scamper wtih 2:03 left in the third.
In the fourth quarter, even more went right for Mojave, as John Harper evaded a potential punt block and instead ran for a 47 yard touchdown, and fullback Ironzi Miller added his own 52-yard rushing score.
Walker finished with 189 yards for the Rattlers. Anthony Walker collected 102 receiving yards for Cheyenne.
Pahrump Valley 40, Western 6 — At Pahrump, Dylan Coffman had 168 all-purpose yards, two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown as the Trojans defeated the Warriors.
Corey Bergan had a 33-yard touchdown reception, Nico Velazquez had a 15-yard rushing touchdown, and David Roundy had a 1-yard rushing touchdown for the Trojans (4-4, 2-2 Class 3A Sunset League).
Pahrump’s DeAngelo Brown had 75 rushing yards, and Casey Flennory had an interception for the Trojans.
Western dropped to 1-7, 0-4.
Valley 33, Boulder City 32 — At Boulder City, the Vikings rallied from a 26-12 halftime deficit to down the Eagles.
Valley, which scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6 minutes left, improved to 4-4 on the season.
Thorston Balmer had 26 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Boulder City (3-5).
Lake Mead 27, Democracy Prep 0 — At Lake Mead, Jared Regan caught two touchdown passes and rushed for a third touchdown to lead the Eagles over the Blue Knights.
Lake Mead (5-2, 4-2 2A Southern League) took control of a 7-0 game late in the second quarter, when it stopped Democracy Prep on a fourth-and-short attempt deep in Democracy Prep territory.
The Eagles then scored two plays later on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Thorell to Mitch Dolinar and never looked back. The pass was Thorell’s second of his three scoring passes. The first came with 7:30 to go in the first quarter when he connected with Regan from 15 yards out.
The Blue Knights (4-3, 4-2 2A Southern League) proved to be their own worst enemy with several untimely penalties that stopped their own drives and kept Lake Mead drives alive. Democracy Prep’s only turnover, a fumble, also proved costly as Lake Mead turned the change of possession into quick points on Thorell’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Regan to give the Eagles a 21-0 with 7:04 to go in the third quarter.
Regan closed out the scoring with a 65-yard run with 8:46 to play.
Ramon Green led Democracy Prep with 36 yards rushing, and Blue Knight quarterback Micah Gayman passed for 108 yards.
Lincoln County 51, Mountain View 0 — At Mountain View, the Lynx had two interceptions, a fumble recovery, a safety and allowed 25 rushing yards in a shutout victory over the Saints.
Landen Smith led the way on offense for the Lynx (6-3, 5-1 Class 2A Southern League) with 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Dean Ottley rushed for 84 yards, and Lincoln County amassed 319 yards on the ground.
In the air, Lincoln County quarterback Mason Thornock completed only three passes, but they all went for touchdowns. Alex Vincent hauled in a pair of 35-yard scores, and Kamden Lewis caught a 29-yard touchdown pass.
Thornock and Vincent also had interceptions on defense.
Tyrell Brooks threw for 151 yards of the Saints (0-6, 0-6).
Laughlin 12, Calvary Chapel 6 — At Calvary Chapel, Louis Banuelos ran the ball 28 times for 133 yards and one touchdown as the Cougars edged the Lions.
Banuelos scored on a 20-yard run with 5:30 to go in the third quarter for the game’s first points.
Andrew Braaksma threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Richard Coulston with 4:53 left in the fourth quarter to increase the Cougars’ lead to 12-0. Braaksma also ran for 53 yards on 13 carries.
Calvary Chapel (0-7, 0-6 2A Southern) answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Drake Miller to Kade Sellers with 4:15 to play.
Banuelos and Braaksma were able to run out the clock for the Cougars (3-4, 2-4) with two rushing first downs.
Laughlin’s defense created five turnovers — two interceptions and three fumble recoveries — to help lead them to victory.
Needles 60, The Meadows 6 — At The Meadows, Marcus Turner ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns as Needles routed The Meadows.
Jayden Yeager threw two of his three touchdown passes to Doogie Harvey, and Trey Tsosie had the other for Needles ( 8-0, 6-0 Class 2A Southern League).
Peter Hoskins had a touchdown for The Meadows (3-5, 3-3).
Pahranagat Valley 52, Beaver Dam 0 — At Alamo, the Panthers scored 40 points in the first quarter, and earned the win in the third quarter after the game was called because of injuries to the Diamondbacks.
Duston Stewart led the Panthers (8-0, 5-0 Class 1A Southern League) with 62 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Quarterback Preston Higbee finished 2-for-2 passing for 53 yards and two touchdowns. John Hansen had a 15-yard touchdown reception, and Brodey Maxwell had a 38-yard touchdown reception.
Haigen Huntsman had 53 rushing yards and a touchdown, Chris Thornton had a 56-yard rushing touchdown, Hunter Hollingshead had a 28-yard rushing touchdown and Garrett Higbee had a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Pahranagat Valley.
Beaver Dam fell to 1-5, 1-4.
Tonopah 60, Round Mountain 14 — At Round Mountain, Brandon Scobee scored six touchdowns to lead the Muckers over the Knights.
Scobee rushed for three touchdowns, caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for a score for Tonopah (5-4, 3-2 1A Southern League).
Scobee finished with 12 carries for 135 yards and caught three passes for 85 yards.
Dillan Otteson completed 13 of 24 passes for 224 yards and three TDs, and Kevin Pople ha eight catches for 135 yards for the Muckers.
Round Mountain fell to 0-8, 0-6.
Spring Mountain 30, Beatty 25 — At Spring Mountain, two first-half touchdowns helped the Golden Eagles withstand a 19-point fourth quarter from the Hornets.
Spring Mountain improved to 5-2, 4-1 Class 1A Southern League.
Beatty fell to 5-1, 4-1.