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Balanced offense leads undefeated Arbor View to 24-13 win over Cimarron-Memorial

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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.

The Arbor View Aggies improved to 8-0 on the season with a 24-13 homecoming victory over Cimarron-Memorial on Friday.

Three different Arbor View running backs rushed for touchdowns to help the Aggies remain undefeated.

Sophomore Donnie Gaskin scored from three yards out in the second quarter to give Arbor View a 7-0 halftime lead.

Junior Roderick Eason rushed for a 55-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put the Aggies up 17-0 and had an interception in the second quarter that helped set up the Gaskin touchdown run.

Meanwhile, junior running back Christian Rodriguez, who had several powerful runs on the evening, rushed for a 29-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal the game for Arbor View.

“We’ve been able to have multiple kids that we go to,” said Arbor View coach Dan Barnson. “We don’t have that go-to guy. We have guys. The line knows what they are going to run, and the backs know that they are going to block.”

“If we get a kid that’s hot, we go with him like anybody, but we have multiple kids. We’re lucky. We are very fortunate,” Barnson said.

The first half was a defensive struggle between the Aggies and Spartans. Arbor View’s first-half touchdown came on an 18-yard drive following Gerard Martinez’s second interception of the game.

Arbor View kicker Logan Yunker proved to be a valuable asset for the Aggies. He converted on a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Arbor View a 10-0 lead.

Yunker also kicked several touchbacks on kickoffs to make the Spartans start their possessions deep in their own territory.

The knockout blow of the game came early in the fourth quarter when Aggies running back Roderick Eason burst free for a 55-yard touchdown run to give Arbor View a 17-point lead.

That just gave our offense more momentum to move the ball, said Eason of his touchdown run. Its a great a feeling. Its going to feel good tonight. We never beat Cimarron in our history at the varsity level and it feels good.

The Aggies held the Spartans scoreless the majority night before Cimarron scored two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help cut into the lead.

Fridays victory was big for Arbor View as they essentially locked up a home playoff game.

It should give us a home playoff game, Barnson said. Were in the playoffs and now this gives us a home game which is even bigger.

We go 1-0 each week. Thats our goal. Were not trying to go 8-0 or 9-0. Were trying to go 1-0 each week, Barnson said.

Following the homecoming victory, the Aggies players drenched coach Barnson with a gatorade bath.

Arbor View has a bye next week before returning to action on Thursday Oct. 28 as they put their undefeated record on the line at Faith Lutheran.

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  1. Mr. Brewer, we have a history on the field that goes back years and seldom have I ever had to take exception to your wizardly ways in which you pick the prep games. Last week I had to straighten up your counterpart, Mr. Keefer in his picking against Arbor based on the fact that they have to loose sometime and yesterday your commentary was little better. You should have learned from his mistake. These kids are good. No one gave them much of a chance this year, even on their own campus. They really are special. The credit goes to the defense. The offense gets it done but the defense shuts people down and keeps Arbor's O on the field. Now as to your point on Faith vs anyone but Palo; I will state today that Faith will not fair any better than any previous opponent when Arbor and Faith meet. There will be a couple of kids on Arbor that are going to have special nights come that Thursday!