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Interception returns for TDs propel Palo Verde past Shadow Ridge

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Palo Verde High football players (from left) Sean Dennis, Josh Hamilton and Parker Rost before the 2013 season.

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Palo Verde High’s Graeson Vereen had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns today in the fourth quarter, lifting the Panthers to a 42-14 road victory at Shadow Ridge in the Northwest League opener for both schools.

Palo Verde led just 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, but the junior Vereen had interception returns of 100 and 60 yards to secure the victory.

“Vereen cover wise is doing a good job,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “He really is getting some good breaks on the ball.”

Palo Verde played without all-city defensive lineman Michael Hughes Jr., who was resting an ankle injury. Without his physical play up front, Shadow Ridge hung tough early and trailed just 21-11 at halftime.

But Palo Verde (4-1, 1-0) used the big play all night in avoiding the upset, including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Darrion Finn.

“I’m happy we finished strong,” Rost said.

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

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