Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 | 12:35 a.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recount their second loss in as many years as coaches in Halloween Hoops against Findlay Prep before transitioning into football. Among their numerous disagreements are a debate on the current value of the run and a discussion on the odds for the Sunrise region.
The high school football playoffs begin tonight for Southern Nevada teams in the Division I-A.
And while Canyon Springs and Las Vegas highs are still one week away from competing in the Division-I Sunrise Regional, you can easily argue tonight’s Northeast League regular season finale has similar implications of a playoff game.
While the losing team won’t be turning in their pads, their road to a long playoff run will become more difficult.
It’s a simple equation: The winning team of Canyon Springs at Las Vegas is guaranteed the No. 2 seed from the Northeast in next week’s playoff and will host a home game. The losing team would be at risk of dropping to the No. 4 seed in the regional, meaning all of its playoff games would be on the road.
Both teams are ranked in the Sun’s top 10. And both could have won the Northeast title, each falling to Green Valley on game-ending field goals. You could easily argue both teams — especially the winner — will be in contention to win the Sunrise and advance to the state semifinals.
Regardless of playoff implications, this game is always one of the can’t-miss contests of the season. The teams are typically two of the best in the Northeast, if not the entire Las Vegas area, and the outcome typically dictates the league champion. It’s become one of the top rivalries in all of Nevada football.
But it’s not the lone game of interest tonight.
If Liberty tops Foothill in the Southeast League finale, the Patriots would win their fourth straight Southeast title. They haven’t lost a league game since 2009.
In the Sunset Region, Bishop Gorman hosts Centennial and Legacy hosts Cimarron-Memorial in two crucial Southwest League games. The Sunset is two weeks away from beginning its playoffs, but Legacy is also treating each game like it's a must-win. If the Longhorns win out, you see, they’ll grab a No. 2 seed and home playoff game.
In the first round of the Division I-A playoffs, Mojave (No. 2 seed Sunset) hosts Virgin Valley (No. 3 Sunrise) in the most intriguing game of the night. Virgin Valley has one of the classification’s most dynamic passing attacks, but Mojave’s ground attack is equally impressive in setting the table for what could be a back-and-forth affair.
The No. 1 seeds are Faith Lutheran in the Sunset and Moapa Valley in the Sunrise. Moapa Valley hosts two-win Cheyenne and Faith Lutheran takes on Boulder City, which it already beat this season.
We’ll keep everyone posted as the games become final. Remember to send game information and fan photos to the Sun on Twitter @lasvegassun using the hashtag #sunstandout.
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