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Week 3 Roundup: High school football powers starting to rise to the top

Gorman, Palo Verde and Foothill expected to continue their hot starts Friday night

Updated Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 | 1:53 a.m.

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The Great Northwest

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look ahead to another week of high school football and detail why the Northwest division appears to be the strongest in town. Palo Verde, Arbor View, Centennial, Cimarron and Cheyenne have all looked impressive in the early season.

Scores around the valley
  • Coronado 17, Del Sol 0, Thursday night
  • Arbor View 32, Cimarron-Memorial 20
  • Moapa Valley 18, Virgin Valley 0
  • Liberty 37, Green Valley 17
  • Bishop Gorman 55, Spring Valley 0
  • Rancho 37, Desert Pines 27
  • Valley 27, Chaparral 24
  • Legacy 45, Mojave 7
  • Las Vegas High 45, Sunrise Mountain 14
  • Canyon Springs 50, Eldorado 0
  • Foothill 28, Silverado 13
  • Centennial 48, Faith Lutheran 7
  • Clark 40, Pahrump Valley 26
  • Cheyenne 36, Shadow Ridge 13
  • Desert Oasis 56, Sierra Vista 14
  • It’s just the third week of the high school football season, yet some teams are starting to show they have what it takes to make deep playoff runs.

    In the Sun’s game of the week Friday, Arbor View hosts Centennial in a crucial Northwest Division battle of two teams that won playoff games last year. Both are expected to be back in the thick of the postseason.

    Perennial powers Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde highs are also in action Friday and expected to win by multiple touchdowns. Two-time defending state champion Gorman plays a Southwest Division game against a host Durango team not at full strength, meaning the Gaels could duplicate last week’s 54-0 victory against Desert Oasis.

    Palo Verde, which beat league rival Arbor View last week, plays at Mojave in a battle of two schools that opened together in 1996 but have went in opposite directions. Palo Verde is one of the state’s best programs and Mojave has only made one playoff appearance. Additionally, Mojave has never beat Palo Verde.

    Foothill has opened with two wins and plays at Desert Oasis tonight in its final tune-up before Southeast Division play. The Falcons have won playoff games in each of the last two seasons and appear ready to continue the streak.

    Check back all night as the games go final. There aren’t many marquee games on tonight’s slate, but one the beauties of high school football are anything can happen on any given night. That’s why they play the games.

    Bishop Gorman records second straight shutout in win against Durango

    Virgin Valley wins third straight by rallying past Shadow Ridge in fourth quarter

    Green Valley coach Brian Castro notches first career win

    Pahrump Valley snaps 30-game losing streak with win against Western

    Spring Valley’s victory over Clark special in its own way

    Bonanza’s Brett Doyle accounts for 3 touchdowns in win against Sierra Vista

    Moapa Valley defense doesn’t budge in win over Sunrise Mountain

    Foothill slips by Desert Oasis in final minutes, 28-24

    Palo Verde keeps rolling with win against Mojave

    Silverado uses rushing from Thurmon, stellar defense to beat Valley

    Coronado handles Chaparral, 42-14

    Del Sol overcomes slow start, penalties for lopsided victory against Eldorado

    Heavy-hearted Arbor View holds on to beat Centennial

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    1. The Gorman game against Durango was a joke. Durango is probably the worst team in Southern Nevada. And while Shaq Powell did score several td runs, it was against a very weak defense. But he has shown he could do it against national powers. Qb Soloman on the otherhand, was sloppy and couldnt hit wide open receivers. His 3 td passes were not impressive. Any other Qb could have had 3+ td passes against Durango tonight.

    2. Hey RayC: Thanks for the scouting report for those of us who missed the game :). I wouldn't worry about Solomon. I first saw him play when he was a seventh-grader with the Island Warriors. Kid throws such a nice ball. You have to remember, the Las Vegas area is not known for its quarterbacks. Solomon is the exception.

    3. Ray C: "But he has shown he could do it against national powers"...I don't think he did or has done ANYTHING BY HIMSELF!!! This is why these Gorman kids HEADS ARE SO SWOLLEN.

    4. Ray B, just out of curiousity is there a Gorman coach that also coaches with the Island Warriors? Because i saw the QB Danny Hong play with the Island Warriors last year and he is also now at Gorman. Im not at all making any inference to recruiting because it would be natural for a middle school player to want to continue to play for the same coach in high school. Or is there a family relationship between Soloman and Hong since they are both Polynesians?

    5. Tuasdad, it was not my intention to "rag" on the qb as you are right in that they are just 16-17 year olds. I was just pointing out that he didnt look sharp. I have intntionally not named players in the past when i talk about Gorman recruiting because i know they are just kids and so i just referred to them by their jersey numbers. Anyway, i thought the entire offense didnt look very sharp and i expected a better perfornance against such a bad team. But Team Sgi, i do think the qb is good and has good footwork and throws good passes. I would just like to see him step up against the national powers. He is still only a junior but he needs to get a bit taller and step up in the national games if he wants to get to the next level of D1 college football.

    6. I am really looking foward to the Servite game. Very similar teams in terms of talent and discipline. My friends from Southern California who are still involved in high school and college football are coming up to see this game and also Gorman's freshman QB Hong in the jv game.