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September 20, 2014

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Desert Oasis wins another game, awaits playoff rematch with Centennial

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Final push for the postseason

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look across the Las Vegas valley at the playoff races still alive entering the last week of the regular season. Does Canyon Springs have a shot against Las Vegas? What about Foothill vs. Liberty? Listen in for discussion on these topics and more.

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Desert Oasis finished off its regular season with arguably the hottest streak in Las Vegas.

Desert Oasis beat Clark 51-8 on its Senior Night Thursday. Over the last three weeks, Desert Oasis has outscored opponents 158-36.

“The kids are continuing to get better and practicing hard,” Desert Oasis coach Scott Staudinger said. “That’s the most important thing this time of year — to keep the climb going and start to peak.”

A familiar situation beckons for Desert Oasis next week. For the second straight year, the Southwest Division school will host a first round playoff game. For the second straight year, Centennial is the opponent.

Centennial butted its way into the Northwest Division’s No. 3 seed by defeating Cheyenne Thursday night. Centennial held off Desert Oasis for a 16-12 victory last year in the postseason.

“I’m sure there’s a little extra motivation in getting to play them again,” Staudinger said. “But it’s another year. We have been in the playoffs the last three years and haven’t found a way to get over that hump of winning game. It would be great to do it this year.”

The Diamondbacks are a more well-rounded this team this year. Junior quarterback Herman Smith showcased as much by throwing two touchdowns — to Tyler Vazquez and Marvin Duty — against the Chargers.

The usual suspects at running back, Devin Fortenberry and Trevon Barnes, each scored two touchdowns as well.

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

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