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Rancho scores minor upset against Desert Pines, back in playoff hunt

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back to talk about high school football leading into this week. They discuss the recent problems with special teams and break down their weekly picks.

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The Rancho High football team’s quest to reach the postseason improved dramatically Friday night with a 37-27 victory against visiting Desert Pines.

Las Vegas and Canyon Springs are the top two teams in the Northeast Division, with Rancho, Desert Pines and Valley fighting for the final two playoff berths. After this week’s games, Valley and Rancho each have 3-2 league records while Desert Pines is at 2-3.

However, Desert Pines closes with games against Sunrise Mountain and Chaparral — the league’s two worst teams that have combined for one victory — while Rancho plays Las Vegas next week in the annual Bone Game. Also, Valley plays Canyon Springs.

“We are fighting to get into the playoffs,” Rancho coach Elvin Dick said. “We still haven’t played the way we want. Hopefully we can ride the momentum from this game the rest of the way.”

Rancho never trailed, receiving almost 300 yards passing and three touchdowns from quarterback William Gosse-Gardet. He passed for two scores and rushed for another. No other stats were immediately available, but Dick said receiver Bryson Mitchell had a couple of big plays.

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