Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 | 11 p.m.
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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer talk about finding more competitive games for several struggling programs in the 4A classification — like in the 3A. Oh, Gorman and Palo are still the cream of the crop.
His apprehension was understandable, as the Pioneers were playing without star running back Malik Brown for the first time this season after he injured himself in last week’s game against Sunrise Mountain.
Luckily for Cooper and Canyon Springs, sophomore Donnel Pumphrey was more than a capable to carry an expanded workload. Pumphrey, who is averaging more 10 yards per carry this season, had 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-13 Canyon Springs (4-2) victory over Eldorado (3-3).
“He’s an amazing kid and had another great performance for us,” Cooper said. “It’s a luxury to have a kid like him playing for you when one of your guys goes down.”
Canyon Springs led the entire night, but kept it close in the first half with numerous penalties.
“We had more penalties than yards in the first half,” Cooper said. “We’ve got an explosive offense, but not that explosive. We don’t have a play for a 1st-and-20.”
Pumphrey’s most memorable run came after the break when he scored on a 91-yard rush.
Brown is expected to play next week and Cooper can’t wait to get him on the field alongside Pumphrey.
“We will have a great 1-2 punch,” Cooper said.