Published Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | 2:05 a.m.
Updated Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 | 12:44 a.m.
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Bishop Gorman vs. Palo Verde. Arbor View vs. Centennial. The start of the Sunrise region playoffs. The semifinals of the Division 1A playoffs. It's a packed week of high school football for Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer to break down on this episode of Prep Sports Now.
The anticipated high school football showdown between Palo Verde and host Bishop Gorman high schools Friday night in the Sunset Regional semifinals might feel like the only game in town. But it’s not.
And, depending on who you talk to, it might not be the most interesting.
Even though Arbor View beat Centennial 31-18 earlier in the season, limiting the Bulldogs to less than 100 yards of offense, the rematch should be much closer. The teams are each ranked in the top five in the Sun’s rankings and have standout performers on each side of the ball.
It’s a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal round, where Basic’s passing attack was too much for Canyon Springs to contain in a 20-point victory. It was an upset of sorts for Basic because Canyon Springs was the Northeast champion and expecting a deep playoff run.
This year’s contest seems equally matched but could swing in Basic’s favor because Canyon Springs senior running back Donell Pumphrey might not play because of an ankle injury he suffered last week. Pumphrey, a San Diego State commit, is arguably the Sunrise’s top player and has been Canyon Springs’ top threat the past three years.
On the other side of the bracket, Southeast No. 2 seed Coronado will play in the postseason for the first time since 2005 when it hosts Northeast No. 3 seed Las Vegas. Under first-year coach Brad Talich, Coronado posted a 7-2 record in the regular season in turning their program around.
The other quarterfinal game pits Northeast No. 1 seed Green Valley against Southeast No. 4 seed Foothill. Green Valley, which went undefeated in league, has surrendered just 13 points in the fourth quarter this year, three times erasing late deficits.
Check back later for scores as the games go final.
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