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Durango gets win despite injured quarterback
Friday, September 2, 2011
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It’s often a worst-case scenario when a football team loses its starting quarterback one game into the season. That’s what Durango went through this week after Scott Martinez suffered a foot injury that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks. Luckily for the Trailblazers, wide receiver Hunter Knight was up to the challenge of sliding into the position.
Sophomore QB shines for Foothill in blowout of Durango
Friday, August 26, 2011
high school football: Drew Doxtator passes for three touchdowns in first varsity start, Falcons win season opener
Foothill High’s Drew Doxtator didn’t play like a sophomore quarterback receiving his first varsity start Thursday night. He consistently made the big play look easy in passing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-28 victory against visiting Durango in the first game for both schools.
Photo: Durango High School football players Tyler Lavin,
Capable new faces abound at Durango
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It’s hard to believe Durango was one of the worst football teams in Las Vegas only three years ago. The Trailblazers have turned things around since, going a combined 15-5 in the last two regular seasons and making the playoffs both years. Although they’re inexperienced heading into this season, the Trailblazers have talent to be excited about.
Photo: Joe Portaro (right) and Don Pearson, both of Faith
Durango's Julio Mora, Faith Lutheran's Joe Portaro shine in all-star game
Sunday, June 5, 2011
prep football: UNLV-commit Portaro throws first-quarter touchdown, named game's MVP
Durango High running back Julio Mora was back to his old tricks. Despite a 5-foot-7, 170-pound frame, Mora rushed for 3,100 yards and 46 touchdowns the past two years to help Durango go from one of the city’s worst teams his sophomore year to qualifying for playoffs last fall during his senior campaign. In Mora’s final high school game Saturday, he capped his prep career with an 7-yard touchdown run and 49 rushing yards to lead the Sunset Region to a 21-0 victory against the Sunrise in the 40th West Charleston Lions Club Charity All-Star High School Football Game. He ...
Friends hold candlelight vigil to remember Durango High football player
Friends hold candlelight vigil to remember Durango High football player
Saturday, March 19, 2011
A crowd of at least 100, candles in hand, stood on the Durango High School football field Friday night and huddled around a memorial with flowers, candles lined up to form the number 12 and packets of Kool-Aid for their departed friend Donovan Smith.
Arbor View beats Durango for first-ever playoff victory
Thursday, November 11, 2010
What a difference a week made for Arbor View. Six days after battling Palo Verde in a defensive struggle, Arbor View engaged in an offensive variety show against Durango in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night. Arbor View came out on top, 48-46.
Gorman beats Durango to capture Southwest crown
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Bishop Gorman High football team had its streak of shutouts snapped Friday, but the defending state champion Gaels still posted a lopsided victory in topping visiting Durango 56-6.
Brandon Andrews, Desert Oasis stun Durango with lopsided win
Friday, October 22, 2010
Andrews rushed for more than 250 yards as Diamondbacks roll 42-19
Someone may need to pinch the Desert Oasis football team to let them know this isn’t a dream. Desert Oasis won its biggest game in school history Friday night, riding its option attack to more than 400 rushing yards and a 42-19 victory against visiting Durango.
Durango blows out Western; tied with Gorman for first in Southwest
Thursday, October 14, 2010
prep football: Schools could both be undefeated for Nov. 4 regular season finale
The defending state champion Bishop Gorman High football team has some company atop the Southwest Division standings. Durango is also undefeated in league play, and if the Trailblazers continue to score points like they did Thursday, their regular season finale Nov. 4 against Gorman could be a rare competitive contest for both teams.
Big play from Donovan Smith part of Durango victory
Friday, October 8, 2010
Donovan Smith had two touchdowns for the Durango High football team Friday in a 41-14 victory against host Sierra Vista.
Disastrous second half for Spring Valley gives Durango big victory
Friday, October 1, 2010
Trailblazers outscore Grizzlies by 35 in the second half
Spring Valley prepared all week for the vaunted rushing attack of Durango’s Julio Mora and Donovan Smith. So, it caught the Grizzlies a bit off guard when much of the Trailblazers game plan revolved around moving the ball through the air with quarterback Chase Roberts.
Durango fights off Clark, holds on for 28-24 win
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Durango High football team got more than it bargained for against visiting Clark, but avoided the upset with a 28-24 victory.
Durango breaks out of offensive slump, scores 74 in win
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Even though Durango High football team held a 54-28 halftime lead Saturday against host Bonanza, coach Gary Maki didn’t feel the lead was safe. “I didn’t feel comfortable pulling my starters out after that first half,” Maki said. “The first half was just a track meet with points being scored.” Durango, however, was the only team that continued to score in the second half, prevailing 74-28 in the Southwest Division opener for both schools.
Photo: After trailing for three quarters, the Basic Wolve
Basic erases deficit, makes statement with win against Durango
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Benny Gutierrez wasn’t expected to be the Basic High football team’s feature running back Friday night. Then again, on a team of no stars where everyone doing their part is considered the key for success, Gutierrez’s three touchdown runs against host Durango shouldn’t be that big of a surprise.
Photo: Durango's Julio Mora rolls into the end zone to se
Durango rallies from behind to beat Del Sol, 21-14
Friday, August 27, 2010
Durango High quarterback Chase Roberts remembers the defeats. He remembers walking onto the football field and quickly realizing his team wasn’t going to win. But he also remembers then first-year coach Gary Maki preaching about how the Trailblazers would one day be one of the Las Vegas Valley’s top teams. That day came Friday.

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