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Palo Verde records resounding victory against Spring Valley to start playoffs

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discuss their failed attempt to predict the Southwest and Northwest divisions at the beginning of the season and break down this week's six playoff matchups.

A plethora of Palo Verde running backs racked up yards and the defense carried a shutout into the final minute as the Panthers routed Spring Valley 56-6 in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night.

“I was really impressed with the kids,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “We were in a dogfight with Arbor View last week and the kids bounced back and took care of business tonight. Our kids weren’t taking a backseat to anyone and knew this was a playoff game. They played like it.”

Jonathan Maxwell rushed for 115 yards. Donald Anderson had 76 yards and Ryan Beaulieu added 74 yards.

As a team, Spring Valley passed for 170 yards. Junior running back Raymond Waters had 46 rushing yards.

Palo Verde will face off against Northwest Division rival Centennial next week. The Panthers beat the Bulldogs 21-0 in their matchup earlier this season on Sept. 16.

“We probably had our best defensive game in our school’s history in that game,” Rost said. “They’ve gotten a lot better and we’re a lot better now. It’s going to be a very emotional, hard-fought game.”

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