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August 29, 2014

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Desert Pines crusies past Sunrise Mountain

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Rivalry week on tap for Las Vegas schools

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer take a closer look at this week's slate of high school football games, including rivalry contests between Las Vegas-Rancho, Chaparral-Eldorado and Basic-Foothill. The fellas also discuss Liberty's slow starts, Gorman's domination and the lack of quality long snappers. They will also have their weekly picks.

O’Darius Mitchell is the cornerstone of the Desert Pines defense that has turned the Jaguars season around.

Mitchell made a number of plays as Desert Pines (4-3, 4-1) won its fourth straight by beating Sunrise Mountain (0-7, 0-5) 49-0.

“We stopped their dive option and didn’t let them do much on offense,” Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett said. “We held on for the shutout.”

The Jaguars opened the season with three losses and were outscored 101-12 in that stretch. The Desert Pines defense has been much improved since and has turned the tables on opponents.

The combined score of the Jaguars last four games is 145-40.

“We’ve started jelling at the right time,” Bennett said. “We don’t have any excuses here, but we had three tough games. A lot of people don’t realize that we didn’t have a lot of our kids at the beginning of the season.”

Desert Pines has its troops in line now, though. Derrick Shaw had a couple more rushing touchdowns against Sunrise Mountain and Bennett said senior quarterback Trey Robello probably had his best game of the year.

“We scored right away and never looked back,” Bennett said. “Defensively, we just did a great job.”

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