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Friday night roundup: Canyon Springs, Las Vegas renew rivalry with home playoff game on the line

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Canyon Springs football players, from left, defensive back Raequan Bascombe, linebacker Isiah Carter, defensive lineman Rayshawn Henderson, running back Zaviontay Stevenson and defensive back A.J. Cooper.

Updated Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 | 12:35 a.m.

Scores around the valley
  • Canyon Springs 21, Las Vegas 14
  • Liberty 34, Foothill 12
  • Bishop Gorman 49, Centennial 21
  • Moapa Valley 47, Cheyenne 0
  • Faith Lutheran 62, Boulder City 7
  • Desert Pines 30, Clark 13
  • Virgin Valley 27, Mojave 0
  • Green Valley 28, Silverado 6
  • Legacy 42, Cimarron-Memorial 6
  • Arbor View 54, Sierra Vista 0
  • Shadow Ridge 32, Spring Valley 7
  • Valley 74, Rancho 15
  • Basic 35, Coronado 27
  • Del Sol 28, Eldorado 20
  • Palo Verde 77, Durango 6
  • Desert Oasis 42, Bonanza 35
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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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    Stories about other high school football games around the valley:

    Moapa Valley blanks Cheyenne to win playoff opener

    Palo Verde scores 77 unanswered points in win against Durango

    Cunningham has big night for Gorman against Centennial

    Desert Pines runs all over Clark

    Valley handles Rancho to win season finale

    Dual running backs keep producing blowouts for Legacy

    Bring on Palo Verde: Arbor View sets up mega-clash with 52-0 win

    Virgin Valley goes to the air, beats Mojave in first round of playoffs

    Alfar shoulders load to help Shadow Ridge beat Spring Valley

    Defense makes life easy for Green Valley offense in victory over Silverado

    Faith Lutheran obliterates Boulder City to open Division 1-A playoffs

    Late-game heroics land Basic a second-place finish in the Southeast

    Desert Oasis snaps out of funk, edges Bonanza

    Del Sol ends season on high note with victory over Eldorado

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