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O’Darius Mitchell, Eldorado defense come up big against Boulder City

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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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Football coaches usually preach the importance of defense and special teams winning games, but it gets beyond stressful when it comes down to those two units.

Eldorado coach Vernon Brown could talk all about it after Friday night’s 16-13 victory over Boulder City. The Sundevils were able to squeak out a victory despite a sloppy offensive performance.

“It was a game where we had a ton of bad mistakes,” Brown said. “It was a lot of discipline issues and keeping control, but we got the job done.”

Boulder City had the ball inside Eldorado’s 25-yard line with 30 seconds to go, but senior O'Darius Mitchell intercepted a pass to seal the victory.

It capped off a career night for Mitchell. In addition to the interception, he had 10 tackles and two sacks.

“The whole defense gets the game ball,” Brown said. “They all played really well, but (Mitchell) stands out.”

Boulder City scored first in the contest, but Eldorado was able to answer immediately when Javen Nihipali returned a kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown.

The Sundevils also recovered an Eagles fumble during a kickoff return.

“We played very well on defense, but we had four turnovers that killed us,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “We didn’t do enough to win.”

Xavier Steel led Boulder City with 12 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Although he finished slightly under the 100-yard mark, running back Malik Davis was Eldorado’s most effective option to move the ball.

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

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