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Silverado moves up one spot in high school football rankings

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The teams that are part of the Sun's top 10 high school football rankings remain the same this week. Their places in the rankings, however, have changed.

Nine of the 10 schools were victorious last week, with then-No. 3 Las Vegas High dropping a road contest to a quality opponent from Utah. That means the Wildcats and Silverado will trade spots — at least for the week.

Silverado hosts No. 5 Liberty on Thursday in the Southeast Division opener for both schools. The much-anticipated contest will have a significant impact in determining the league champion.

Here is the rest of the rankings, which are complied weekly by the Sun's Ray Brewer.

1.Gorman (2-1) — Gorman's Evan Zeger scored the first two times he touched the ball last week in a 48-0 victory against Clark. The defending state champion Gaels are two weeks away from their biggest test of the season — a game against national power De La Salle High of Northern California. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday against Sierra Vista.

2. Palo Verde (3-0)Palo Verde continues to be the class of the Northwest Division. It shouldn't lose a game the rest of the regular season. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Centennial.

3. Silverado (2-0)Silverado looked great last week in a lopsided win against Eldorado. However, dominating on both sides of the ball this week won't be easy. Next game: 8 p.m. Thursday against Liberty.

4. Las Vegas (2-1) — The Wildcats didn't look like one of Nevada's top teams in losing 51-7 at Mountain Crest High of Utah, but the defeat will only make them stronger. They are still one of the area's elite teams. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Desert Pines.

5. Liberty (1-1)The Patriots didn't look like a top 10 team last week for parts of their win against Spring Valley, especially in racking up more than 100 penalty yards. But don't count out Liberty against Silverado, a team it has held to a combined 18 points the last two years. Next game: 8 p.m. Thursday at Silverado.

6. Foothill (3-0) — The Falcons'' easy early season schedule will help build confidence for league play. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Green Valley.

7. Basic (3-0)Basic rallied for a one-point win against Canyon Springs last week and has shown it's one of the area's top teams. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Coronado.

8. Faith Lutheran (2-0) — Teams will struggle all season to contain the Crusaders' passing attack. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Cimarron-Memorial.

9. Del Sol (2-1) — This isn't the same Del Sol team as in past years, but coach Preston Goroff is confident the end result will be similar for the defending Sunrise Region champions. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Cheyenne.

10. Durango (2-1) — The Trailblazers scored more than 70 points last week in beating Bonanza. Enough said. Next game: 7 p.m. Thursday at Clark.

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