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Palo Verde keeps rolling with win against Mojave

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Justin M. Bowen

The Palo Verde cheerleaders and fans cheer on their team as the take on Arbor View Thursday, September 1, 2011. Palo Verde came out on top 14-7.

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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.

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The Palo Verde defense posted four shutouts last season.

The Panthers look like they’ll break that impressive mark with ease in 2011. After Friday’s 48-0 win against Mojave, Palo Verde has held two opponents scoreless and only given up seven points to Arbor View.

“And Arbor View had one long 60-yard run to set them up with their touchdown or else maybe they wouldn’t have scored,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “Our defense has done a good job and has been really physical. I like the way they are playing.”

Jared Lucero and Dillon Chaisson led the way for the Palo Verde defense against Mojave with a combined five tackles for losses. Jerrol Garcia-Williams also returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown.

Sophomore quarterback Parker Rost was perfect on offense. He went 4-for-4 with three touchdowns.

Jonathan Maxwell had two of the receiving touchdowns, while Jake Ortale had the third. The other reception went to Lee Griggs, who scored two rushing touchdowns.

Senior running back Eric South led the Panthers in rushing with 116 yards, which included an 87-yard touchdown run.

“They all played well,” Rost said. “It was a solid effort.”

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

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