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August 2, 2014

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Green Valley scores 28 unanswered points to close game, eliminate Foothill

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Green Valley High football players (from left) Christian Lopez, Kyler Chavez and Preston Quirt before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer celebrate the start of the Sunrise Region playoffs with an all-encompassing look at the first round of games. Don't worry; they save time for discussion on Palo Verde vs. Arbor View and the Division 1-A quarterfinals

Sunrise Regional football champs

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Green Valley — 23.4%
Canyon Springs — 13.4%
Las Vegas — 13.2%
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Coronado — 1.9%

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The Green Valley High football team turned a three-point deficit late in the third quarter today in the Sunrise Regional quarterfinal against visiting Foothill into a 56-31 victory.

Christian Lopez completed 25 of 39 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns, helping the No. 1 seeded Gators close the game with 28 unanswered points and advance to face Las Vegas High in next week’s semifinals.

“I really think our defense played better than the score indicates,” Green Valley High coach Brian Castro said. “If not for a few big plays, I don’t know if (Foothill) has a lot of points.”

Green Valley’s offense produced big plays seemingly all night.

Markus Varner had nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Gio Hernandez had 76 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Conor Perkins and Kyler Chavez each added a scoring reception for Green Valley, which advances to the regional semifinals for the second straight year.

Junior Albert Lake had a 60 yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Green Valley a double-digit lead. Larry Norman carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards and a touchdown.

The semifinals against Las Vegas will be a rematch of a regular season game where Green Valley erased a late double digit against the Wildcats to win on a game-ending field goal. Castro expects another close affair.

“It’s going to come down to whichever team stops the other,” the coach said.

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

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