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Canyon Springs snaps losing streak with sloppy win over Silverado

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer dish on all things Las Vegas high school football again this week. Among the debates, other than the usual picks segment, are whether it's acceptable for an NFL player to introduce his high school alma mater instead of his college.

Canyon Springs shook off a two-game losing streak to beat Silverado at home 29-21, improving their record to 3-2.

The Pioneers were sloppy, however, with four long Donnel Pumphrey touchdowns called back because of penalties. Still, Pumphrey was mostly unstoppable behind a dominant Canyon Springs offensive line, scoring two long touchdowns in addition to the four that didn't count.

Silverado was overmatched but kept it close with their grind-it-out running attack and two recovered on-side kicks.

Pioneers coach Hunkie Cooper was disappointed in his team's lack of mental focus. Canyon Springs led 21-0 and allowed Silverado to hang around the rest of the game.

"It's self-sabotage. You're up 21, gotta put it in 'em and go up 42. We can't drop down to the opponent's level," he said in a post-game interview.

Cooper praised Pumphrey: "He's so special. He's something high school kids just don't bring."

Cooper warned his team that they should come ready for strenuous conditioning at Monday's practice.

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