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October 19, 2014

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Durango gets win despite injured quarterback

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer recap the action from the first week of high school football and look ahead to another slate of games. Popular topics include this week's Arbor View vs. Palo Verde showdown and last week's stunning upset by Bonanza over Silverado.

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It’s often a worst-case scenario when a football team loses its starting quarterback one game into the season.

That’s what Durango went through this week after Scott Martinez suffered a foot injury that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks. Luckily for the Trailblazers, wide receiver Hunter Knight was up to the challenge of sliding into the position.

Durango opened its Southwest Division slate with a 21-6 victory over Spring Valley behind Knight’s leadership Friday night.

“He stepped in and did a really good job,” Durango coach Gary Maki said. “We’re really pleased with the way he played.”

Knight was able to keep his head after the first play of the game ended with a pick-six touchdown for Spring Valley. Knight scored a rushing touchdown of his own before halftime to tie the score at 6.

In the second half, A.J. McQuaig took a score in early and converted a two-point conversion attempt to put Durango ahead. The Trailblazers clinched the victory when Caleb Snook returned an interception for a touchdown in the final quarter.

“Defense played really well,” Maki said. “Overall, we showed improvement. We have talent, but not a lot of experience. It’s going to shoot us in the foot sometimes, but we’re getting there.”

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

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