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Top 10 rankings: It was just one game, but this team earned its spot

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Palo vs. Liberty and Gorman's national test headline busy week

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer bring all the ranting and raving any Southern Nevada high school football fan could ever want on the fourth episode of this year's podcast. Brewer further fuels his detractors at Centennial and predicts a lopsided victory in favor of Bishop Gorman. Does Keefer agree? Listen to find out.

With three of the top-10 teams in the Sun’s high school football rankings having a bye last week, there isn’t much movement in this week’s rankings.

Well, except with one new team making a surprising debut.

Last week, top-ranked Bishop Gorman, No. 2 Liberty and No. 5 Canyon Springs had the week off.

Basic and Palo Verde posted big wins, No. 8 Las Vegas High struggled in its opener before defeating Desert Oasis, No. 3 Arbor View took down Green Valley, and No. 10 Cheyenne was beaten by a California school.

And, of course, there is Centennial.

The No. 4 ranked team won in impressive fashion against then No. 9 Durango, holding top college prospect Marcus Williams to less than 100 yards rushing in recording a shutout for the win.

There’s a new team in the Sun’s ranking this week: Coronado. Yes, Coronado.

Coronado, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2005 and is typically the worst team in the Southeast League, was that impressive in a 41-17 win against Silverado High.

Here are the rest of the rankings:

1. Bishop Gorman (2-0): The Gaels return to action (and national television) at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Bergen Catholic of New Jersey.

2. Liberty (0-1): Liberty hosts Palo Verde Thursday in arguably the most significant regular season game of the season. Should be a classic.

3. Arbor View (2-0): While Arbor View wasn’t at its best in the second half against Green Valley last week, the Aggies still won by double digits. Legacy will be a big-time test this week.

4. Centennial (2-0): Centennial couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season in becoming one of the city’s top teams. A program-changing win against Palo Verde and shutout against Durango give the Bulldogs much momentum for the rest of the season.

5. Canyon Springs (1-0): Canyon Springs returns to action this week by hosting Cheyenne in a North Las Vegas rivalry game featuring two of Southern Nevada’s top running backs.

6. Basic (1-0): Antraye Johnson returned the opening kickoff last week for a touchdown last week at Rancho, and Basic scored 41 points in the first half. So, yes, they deserve to be firmly in the top 10.

7. Palo Verde (1-2): Palo Verde got back on track with a victory against Bonanza. The Panthers’ tough schedule to open the season still includes a game Thursday at Liberty and later this month against Canyon Springs.

8. Las Vegas High (1-0): Las Vegas didn’t earn many style points in beating Desert Oasis to open the season. Running back Andrew Moreland saved the day to show he’ll be a force the remainder of the season.

9. Coronado (1-0): How about those Cougars? They led Silverado 34-0 at halftime with an offensive explosion. Not bad considering they averaged less than 10 points in league games last year.

10. Cheyenne (2-1): Cheyenne stays in the top 10 despite giving up 50-plus points to a California team in a blowout loss. The Sun never penalizes a team in the rankings for playing an out-of-state opponent.

OUT: Durango, after being blanked by Centennial, drops out.

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

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