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Durango secures No. 3 seed from Northwest by beating Shadow Ridge

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Durango football players Gene Germain, Ben Rush and Jonathan Kalderon 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?

Brett Neighbors connected with AC Collins for a pair of first-half touchdown passes to help the Durango High football team score 34 unanswered points to open Thursday’s game against host Shadow Ridge.

And, even though the Trailblazers were held scoreless in the second half, they still prevailed 34-21 in securing the No. 3 playoff seed for the Northwest League. Next week, they play at Centennial in the Sunset Regional quarterfinals.

“Our first half was unbelievable. We played awesome in the first half,” Durango coach Matt Gerber said. “We played the kind of ball we know we can play. The thing with us, though, is we haven’t put it together for four good quarters of football. I keep telling the guys that if we do that we’ll be a dangerous football team.”

Kameron Gillis had an interception return for a touchdown for Durango (5-4 overall, 3-2 Northwest), and Marcus Williams and Arie McQuaig added rushing touchdowns.

Shadow Ridge qualified for the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The Mustangs play three-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman in the opener.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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