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September 1, 2014

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Canyon Springs overcomes first-half woes once again

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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.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer open this week's show by discussing the top-ranked high school football team in the nation, Florida's Booker T. Washington, coming to town Friday to take on Bishop Gorman. They then work their way into other pertinent topics, highlighted by a discussion of the definition of "athlete" and whether Green Valley can match Canyon Springs' "quickness".

Canyon Springs has fallen into a dangerous, but effective routine this football season.

The Pioneers fail to play up to their potential in the first half in seemingly every game before coming out and firing on all cylinders in the second. That was the outline again Friday in a 30-22 victory at Silverado that improved Canyon Springs to 5-0 on the season.

“I’m not pleased with the way we won,” Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper said. “But we did get that win and we’re going to keep going through and getting better.”

The Skyhawks were up 16-3 at halftime behind a power run game that the Pioneers struggled to slow. Canyon Springs went on to turn the ball over in its first possession of the second half, but Cooper saw a spark from there.

The Pioneers focused and never let up. Zaviontay Stevenson capped a long touchdown drive to give Canyon Springs its first points aside from a field-goal from Elio Gonzalez, whom Cooper praised as one of the team’s most consistent players this season.

Stevenson went on to tweak his ankle — injuries are another troubling trend for Canyon Springs — but Greg Banks filled in as the offensive catalyst with two scores. Banks also had interception that seemed to turn the tides in Canyon Springs’ favor.

“I just think it’s taking our offense a while to get going,” Cooper said. “Once it gets that rhythm, then we’re good.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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