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Canyon Springs survives poor first half, cruises past Valley

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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 glance back at last week's action, which included three of the best games of the year. Ensuing questions include debating the Sunrise Region's favorite, Bishop Gorman's vulnerability and Foothill's potential.

The undefeated Canyon Springs High football team might have been guilty today of looking ahead to next week’s football game.

The Pioneers beat host Valley 52-7, but only led by three points at halftime against the one-win Vikings.

Next week, Canyon Springs hosts Green Valley in a battle of the Northeast League’s top teams. Today, Canyon Springs was supposed to cruise past Valley — yet, it led just 10-7 at the half.

“We missed some throws. We dropped some balls. We were just in a funk,” Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper said.

That wasn’t the case in the second half.

Junior Jordan Davis was inserted at quarterback and passed for three second-half touchdown, helping the Pioneers (7-0, 3-0 Northeast) finally pull away.

Zaviontay Stevenson had 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns and sophomore Marcel Selmon had a pair of interceptions.

The Canyon Springs defense, led by linebackers Isiah Carter and Joe Jackson, and defensive back A.J. Cooper have been solid all season. Like most Friday nights, they keep the opposition — this time Valley — in check until the offense heated up.

But the offense can’t afford another slow first half next week against Green Valley, which used a game-ending field goal last year to beat Canyon Springs in one of the best games of 2012.

“We’ll see if we are the real deal next week,” coach Cooper said.

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

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