Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 | 10:20 p.m.
Antonio Thomas had roughly 250 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, helping the Chaparral High football team erase a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit with eight minutes to play and beat visiting Sierra Vista, 28-25.
“Our kids didn’t quit. They didn’t lay down,” Chaparral coach Bill Froman said.
Chaparral, which won just one game last year, closed with 15 unanswered points on touchdowns from Thomas and his cousin, Tyquan Anderson.
Thomas’ biggest play came on a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“It was a great comeback, but it was still sloppy,” Froman said. “We are going to get better each week.”
But, at least for one night, Chaparral will cherish the victory. It’s still August, and they have already equaled their win total from last year.
“We’ll enjoy it tonight and get back at it first thing tomorrow,” the coach said.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert