Already with the Northeast League title and top playoff seed in hand, No. 4 Las Vegas High only had one main purpose for Thursday’s regular-season finale with Eldorado.
Gain momentum for the postseason.
The Wildcats gained plenty of momentum, thanks to a 46-6 victory in which Las Vegas only had 21 snaps.
Las Vegas scored twice inside the first two minutes of the game, and never looked back.
“We executed pretty well on offense,” said Wildcats quarterback Hassan Henderson, who threw four touchdown passes. “Our coaching staff does a great job each week preparing us, and making sure we don’t take teams for granted.”
Henderson threw a 53-yard touchdown strike to Cameron Rogers, and Farrell Victor’s 30-yard run gave the Wildcats a 13-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Rogers’ second score came on a 83-yard pass from Henderson, and Las Vegas (9-1, 7-0 Northeast) was well in control.
“This was a team effort,” said Henderson, whose team gained 348 yards in 21 plays. “I can’t say enough about our defense, who went against a good athlete and did pretty well.”
Henderson was referring to Eldorado quarterback Jaquorrey Williams, who led the Sundevils with 125 yards and the lone score with about two minutes remaining. Las Vegas held Eldorado to 244 total yards, with the Sundevils (4-5, 3-4 Northeast) only able to run 60 plays.
“(Williams) made us chase him all night,” Henderson said. “But our defense did a great job of containing him. Again, its was a total team effort, offense, defense and special teams.”
Dee Hall led the Wildcat defense with a pair of interceptions, and found the endzone on a 69-yard punt return. The score marked Hall’s second punt-return touchdown in three weeks.