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April 23, 2014

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Rancho strikes fast, stays alive in hunt for playoffs

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer dissect this week's high school football games. It's a competitive slate of contests highlighted by the Southeast and Northeast divisions crowning champions. The boys disagree on their picks. Listen to hear who you agree with.

The Rancho High football team scored 20 unanswered points Thursday to open the game in a 40-28 victory against host Eldorado.

Rancho (4-5 overall, 3-3 Northeast) snaps a three-game losing streak and stays alive for the league’s final playoff spot. A win next week against Valley, and an Eldorado loss at perennial league power Las Vegas High, would give Rancho the No. 4 seed from the Northeast.

Cody Hafen and Shamel David each had a pair of touchdowns for the Rams, while junior quarterback William Gosse-Gardet rushed and passed for a score. Gosse-Gardet’s short touchdown run three minutes into the game gave Rancho the advantage for good.

Hafen added to the lead with 5:40 to play in the first quarter. He tackled Eldorado’s punter to force a fumble then returned the fumble about 15 yards for a touchdown.

The lead was too much for Eldorado (4-4) to overcome.

Senior quarterback JaQuorrey Williams accounted for all four of the Sundevils’ touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to sophomore Justin Brown. Williams closed with a 48-yard touchdown run in the game’s final seconds.

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