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Bonanza beats Cimmaron-Memorial for a three-way tie for fourth place

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Bonanza football players Colton Bennion, Jeff Dore, Brett Doyle and Austin Rowe Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are pumped up for all the high-stakes games going down Thursday night. But why can't they be played on Friday?

Scott Dore and Jayveon Taylor each caught and ran for scores as Bonanza picked up its first win in Sunset Southwest play with a 31-14 victory over Cimmaron-Memorial on Friday.

"The kids played solid defense and executed the offensive game plan to a T," Bonanza coach Scott Dobar said. "It was the best game we played all year."

With the win, the Bengals force a three-way tie for fourth place in the division with Cimmaron-Memorial and Desert Oasis, who lost to Bishop Gorman. All three teams are 1-4, and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association will determine the final playoff spot.

Dobar, however, believes the final spot will go to Desert Oasis, and spoke to the character of his team for finishing the season out with a victory.

"I'm proud of the young men," Dobar said. "It's good to see my seniors with a victory at home. It was first home win of the season. It was good to see my juniors do what it takes to win."

Dobar apologized after the game to the Spartans for what could be misconstrued as running up the score up 17 points with less than a minute to play. He was unsure of the tiebreaking rules, and thought creating a larger point differential might help his team earn a playoff berth.

"I misunderstood the tiebreaker rule," he said. "That's completely on me. As a head coach, I felt bad for it since I coached with some of those guys."

The Bengals improved to 2-7 on the year, while the Spartans fell to 3-6.

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  1. after reading the tie breaker rules and doing the math last week I also thought a win by at least 23 points or holding Cim-Mem to under 13 would put Bonanza in playoffs.