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Durango victory sets up playoff showdown with Palo Verde

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back with their weekly high school football podcast. This week's episode plays more like a variety show, as the two touch on a number of issues related to last week's gridiron action.

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Durango’s success on any given night is often directly related to its offensive line play.

It’s no surprise, then, that Durango coach Gary Maki reported a dominant performance from the guys up front Friday night. Durango played two of its best quarters of the year in the second half against visiting Sierra Vista to win 48-35.

“Our offensive line won the game for us,” Maki said. “They just took over in the second half. They opened up some big holes for those kids.”

A.J. McQuaig and Marcus Williams didn’t let the hard work go to waste. McQuaig scored three rushing touchdowns, while Williams put in two more.

By the end of the game, the stretches of the first half when Durango trailed were distant memories.

Durango clinched the No. 4 seed from the Southwest division with the victory. With the regular season now completed, Durango will face undefeated Palo Verde in the first of the playoffs in two weeks.

“We’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster,” Maki said. “But I think this game finished us on a high note. We’re tough when our offensive line is playing really well.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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