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Western football still a work in progress, but improvements are plenty

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Western High football players (from left) Xerexes Tachiquin, Qwayson Walker and Mark Guerrero before the 2013 season.

Donnie Davis, Western head coach

Donnie Davis, Western head coach, talks about the upcoming season.

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Valley High football players (from left) Noble Hall, Demarrius Oliver and Tyrone Prewitt before the 2013 season. Launch slideshow »
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Prep Sports Now returns from hibernation just in time for football season. Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer go through every league and discuss every team in town, giving predictions along and players to watch along the way.

Second-year Western High football coach Donnie Davis kept it simple when asked what it would take for his team to make the postseason.

“Win!!!” he wrote, adding exclamation points for extra emphasis.

As simple as it sounds, there’s a lot more to it, especially for a team that went 0-9 in 2012 and lost by an average of 35 points.

“We’re looking to build on what we built last year,” Davis said. “We want to get better, learn how to win and stay together as a family.”

Western has one victory in the past three seasons and holds the longest losing streak in Southern Nevada at 18 games. The last Western win was Nov. 5, 2010, against Pahrump Valley as part of a three-win season.

But they took a significant step in the right direction in the offseason by receiving a private donation to help upgrade the program, paying for new weight room equipment, field equipment, shoulder pads and helmets, and two-sets of uniforms.

Davis suspects that will help spike participation — last year, they didn’t field lower-level teams.

“All of this brand-new stuff, I would be in the grave before I’d be able to save for this,” Davis told the Sun in June.“It was a godsend. I can’t tell you how thankful we are.”

Still, Davis knows it will be an uphill battle.

He returns only a handful of seniors — a group that includes running back Xerexes Tachiquin, fullback and linebacker Mark Guerrero and wide receiver and safety Quayjon Walker — and will be fielding a team of mostly sophomores and juniors. That hasn’t stopped Davis from thinking that his team isn’t capable of making a run at the postseason.

“We’re a young team,” Davis said. “Right now, we’re focusing on getting better, and trying to win one game at a time and make the playoffs.”

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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