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Chaparral closes with 20 unanswered points to beat Sunrise Mountain

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Chaparral High School football player Toure Williams.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back for another high school football discussion. They look at all the matchups this week and spend extra time on the Southeast, which begins league play this week.

The Chaparral HIgh football team picked the right time to win its first game of the season.

The Cowboys (1-2 overall, 1-0 Northeast) opened Northeast Division play Friday with a 20-14 victory against host Sunrise Mountain. Chaparral entered with just one win in the last two years — a victory against Sunrise Mountain last year.

And while Chaparral, which is going through an extreme makeover under first-year coach Bill Froman, has struggled at times in the transition, it can now say it's a first-place team. Well, at least for a few days.

Technically, Chaparral is tied with perennial power Las Vegas High, respected Canyon Springs and Valley for first place.

“It’s been a rough six months for the kids, but they have put in a lot of hard work,” Froman said. “They deserve this win, and they deserve to enjoy it.”

Chaparral trailed 14-0 after three quarters before closing the game with 20 unanswered points. Antonio Thomas rushed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Chaparral lost its first two games by a combined score of 96-20 but wouldn’t be denied late against Sunrise Mountain.

“They had that fight in them in the fourth quarter,” Froman said.

As for first place, Froman remains realistic in his team’s outlook the rest of the way. He realizes an inexperienced team will face challenges the rest of the way.

“It would be silly to answer that,” Froman jokingly said about first place. “Ask me that question in six weeks.”

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