Desert Oasis senior running back Brandon Andrews entered with week with 25 carries all season. He blew away that total with one grand game Friday.
Andrews rushed for 253 yards on 37 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown, and the No. 9 Diamondbacks passed No. 7 Durango in the Southwest League with a 42-19 victory.
Desert Oasis (7-2, 6-1 Southwest) rolled up 422 rushing yards, fulfilling its game plan.
"I told them first we have to stop them, then get our thing rolling. Then once we get it rolling we will be OK," coach Faron Seibel said.
Andrews, a Silverado transplant, was fourth on the depth chart early in the season, but attrition has elevated him.
"Brandon has stepped in as the No. 1 guy, and has been going strong ever since," Seibel said. "He played really hard and never let up, and we just kept running him and running him."
Andrews ran for 125 yards in the first half, and Seibel said they did all they could in the locker room to help him recover so he could come back for more.
"At halftime we had to pump him full of water and massage his calves," Seibel said. "But he never showed any sign of slowing down."
Andrews needed a little help from a friend, however, to help the Diamondbacks take control for good.
Leading 21-13 late in the fourth quarter, Desert Oasis marched from its 11 to the Durango 16 in 11 plays, seven of them runs by Andrews. On the 12th play, Andrews was hit at the line and fumbled, but Devin Fortenberry scooped up the ball at the 15 and ran for a touchdown with 5:18 to play. Fortenberry rushed for 119 yards.
The Trailblazers would get no closer, as two plays into the ensuing drive Durango fumbled and Riley Smith recovered for the Diamondbacks. Andrews scored on a 10-yard run six plays later to make it 35-13.
"We just kept stopping them and coming up with turnovers when we needed them," said Smith, who also had a key interception to thwart a Durango drive.
Julio Mora rushed for 150 yards on 19 carries for Durango (7-2, 6-1), including a 1-yard TD run with 8:08 left that cut the Diamondbacks' lead to 21-13.
Trailblazers coach Gary Maki said Desert Oasis' success running the ball wore down his team.
"They were running a great ball-control offense and they did a great job," said Maki. "They were very well prepared, and I guess they wanted it more than we did."
■ Bishop Gorman 63, Pahrump Valley 0 -- At Gorman, Jarrett Solomon passed for five touchdowns and 158 yards, all in the first half, and the top-ranked Gaels (7-2, 6-0) took sole possession of first place in the Southwest League.
Solomon's touchdown passes went to Evan Zeger (63 yards), Jamir Tillman (8), Ryan Smith (48), Trey Perry (1) and Nathan Starks (22).
Sophomore Justin Sweet ran for a 60-yard touchdown, backup QB Makoa Tyndall had a 13-yard TD run, Starks added a 35-yard TD and Jamaul Vickers closed the scoring with a 77-yard punt return.
Pahrump Valley dropped to 0-8, 0-6.
-- Nolan Lister
■ Palo Verde 68, Faith Lutheran 26 -- At Faith Lutheran, Ryan Beaulieu rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter, sparking the second-ranked Panthers (8-0, 6-0 Northwest) over the Crusaders (4-4, 2-4).
Beaulieu scored on runs of 20, 43, and 45 yards, helping Palo Verde to a 53-7 halftime lead.
For Faith Lutheran, Joe Portaro passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns. Don Pearson caught scoring passes of 15, 3 and 12 yards.
-- Brian Danise
■ Centennial 17, Legacy 16 -- At Legacy, the Bulldogs' defense stopped Longhorns running back Jordan Ireland on a 2-point conversion run in overtime, preserving Centennial's road victory.
Ireland scored a 3-yard touchdown and Legacy opted to go for the win. The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3 Northwest) stopped Ireland short of the goal line.
Ireland rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries, and he opened the scoring with a 55-yard run in the first half. Juan Cedillo's 26-yard field goal tied the game at 10-all in the fourth quarter.
Willie White scored on a 4-yard run for Centennial in the first half and Nicolas Barilla added a 22-yard field goal. Barilla missed a 30-yard attempt with 15.5 seconds to play in regulation.
In overtime, QB Cody Clark scored on a 1-yard keeper for Centennial and Barilla kicked the point-after. Clark passed for 158 yards, with Najeem Popal making four catches for 95 yards.
-- Vincent Hernandez
■ Del Sol 38, Basic 20 -- At Basic, Chris Marshall scored five touchdowns, three in the fourth quarter, and rushed for 215 yards to propel the Dragons (5-4, 3-2 Southeast) past the Wolves (4-5, 1-4).
The victory clinched a playoff spot for Del Sol.
The Dragons trailed 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, but went ahead on Marshall's 1-yard run. Marshall added a 36-yard touchdown run and returned a fumble 54 yards for a score. He ran for TDs of 3 and 30 yards in the first half.
Vince Carducci completed 18 of 35 passes for 258 yards and two TDs for Basic. He also ran for a score.
-- Sean Jaramillo
■ Spring Valley 36, Sierra Vista 0 -- At Spring Valley, senior Jordan Cox completed his first 11 passes, including a 21-yard touchdown to senior Tim Craig, and the Grizzlies (4-4, 3-3 Southwest) blanked the Mountain Lions (1-7, 1-5).
Cox passed for 196 yards in the first half, helping Spring Valley to a 22-0 lead. He ran for a 17-yard TD in the first quarter and a 4-yarder in the second.
Austyn Wallace gained 131 yards on three carries, including an 83-yard touchdown. Diyan Nedelchev kicked a 34-yard field goal and three PATs.
-- Neil Grepke
■ Desert Pines 51, Chaparral 7 -- At Desert Pines, Leon Hayes rushed for 174 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Derrick Shaw (111 yards) added two rushing scores to power the Jaguars (5-3, 5-1 Northeast) past the Cowboys (0-8, 0-6).
Shaw ran for scores of 50 and 6 yards in the first half. Ri'Chard Green compiled 49 yards and two TD on five carries.
Darel Allen-Tucker returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for Desert Pines. Trey Robello threw a 45-yard TD pass to Quincy Fields.
-- Sean Walker
■ Silverado 23, Green Valley 12 -- At Green Valley, the Gators (3-7, 1-5 Southeast) scored on the first play from scrimmage, but the rest of the game belonged to the Skyhawks (6-3, 3-3).
Silverado rushed for 267 yards, led by Izaiah Thurmon, who had 202 yards on 18 carries, including a 45-yard TD. Steven Scamorza added 54 yards on 14 carries, scoring on a 5-yard run.
Green Valley's Ryan Lopez had 66 yards and a touchdown. Andrew McGovern caught a 67-yard TD pass from Paul McKay to open the scoring.
-- Matthew Hagan
■ Bonanza 62, Clark 54 -- At Clark, Chris Jackson scored six touchdowns, and the Bengals erased a 13-point deficit with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter, deciding a game in which the teams combined for nearly 1,300 yards.
Bonanza (4-4, 3-3 Southwest) took the lead with 1:12 to play on a 75-yard pass from Sterling Sprau to Dasean Martin on fourth down. Martin broke three tackles and skirted the sideline.
Clark had one final chance and advanced to the Bonanza 5, but Greg McKinney's apparent TD pass to Kyle Yoder was nullified by an illegal motion penalty. On the final play, McKinney was intercepted by Loren Studer, who returned it 95 yards for a touchdown.
Clark's Jackson rushed for 310 yards on 22 carries, including touchdowns of 35, 52, 50, 11 and 29. He also scored on an 86-yard kickoff return.
Martin rushed for 164 yards on 17 carries and had four TDs -- two rushing, one receiving and an 81-yard kickoff return. He made five catches for 118 yards.
Marquise McKinney rushed for 225 yards and two TDs for Clark (3-5, 3-3 Southwest), which gained 657 yards.
Sprau was 16 of 28 passing for 287 yards for Bonanza, which had 629 yards.
-- Sam Leeper
■ Valley 60, Sunrise Mountain 16 -- At Valley, senior Koami Attila rushed for 218 yards and a touchdown and the Vikings (2-7, 2-4 Northeast) compiled 559 total yards in defeating the Miners (0-8, 0-5).
Junior Anthony Sanders passed for 122 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards and another score.
Valley's defense allowed 121 yards and forced three turnovers.
-- William Terrill
■ Shadow Ridge 20, Cimarron-Memorial 13 -- At Cimarron, Nick McDearmon threw two TD passes to Zach Ducksworth and Braden Williams kicked two field goals to lift the Mustangs (4-4, 2-4 Northwest) over the Spartans (3-5, 3-4).
McDearmon found Ducksworth for a 25-yard TD in the first quarter and a 5-yarder in the third.
For Cimarron, Taz Taopui caught a 16-yard TD pass from Gerard Martinez and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.
-- Adam Berchin
■ Cheyenne 28, Mojave 13 -- At Mojave, Quashon Haynes returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown with 9:58 remaining to clinch the victory for the Desert Shields (3-4, 2-4 Northwest) over the Rattlers (0-7, 0-6).
Kenneth Counts led Cheyenne with 86 yards rushing, including a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Desert Shields ran for 296 yards.
Mojave quarterback Trevonte Veal was 17 of 39 for 251 yards and a touchdown. Bryant Lewis had 138 yards receiving and also ran for a touchdown.
-- Chris Randolph
■ Pahranagat Valley 58, Spring Mountain 0 -- At Spring Mountain, the Panthers (8-0, 4-0 1A Southern) gained their 30th straight victory, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions.
Chase Hansen rushed for 135 yards, including touchdowns of 45, 15 and 15, to help Pahranagat build a 34-0 halftime lead. He added a 13-yard rushing TD in the third quarter.
Tyler Higbee rushed for 114 yards and one TD and also scored on a 51-yard reception from Cody Hosier. Hosier passed for 126 yards and two scores.
-- Tristan Aird
■ Virgin Valley 47, Coronado 21 -- At Mesquite, Humberto Urias passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 51 yards and a 1-yard score, leading the Bulldogs (6-1) past the Cougars (2-5).
Urias threw TD passes to Daniel Gleave for 11 and 23 yards and to Dee Bowler for 43.
Bowler also had a 5-yard TD run. The Bulldogs got a first-quarter safety, and Kyler Hughes returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Hughes had three interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery for Virgin Valley's defense, which made eight interceptions and forced two fumbles.
Coronado's Austin Iannucci led the Cougars with 267 passing yards and two touchdowns. De'von Riley returned a punt 65 yards for Coronado's first score.
■ Moapa Valley 42, Boulder City 6 -- At Overton, Zach Waite ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to help the Pirates (7-1, 1-0 Class 3A Southern) blitz the Eagles (3-6, 0-2).
Waite had scoring runs of 8 and 5 yards in the first half, and Hayden Waite added a 66-yard rushing score. Casen Lewis had a 31-yard TD run on his only touch.
Joe Woodbury had a 96-yard kickoff return for Boulder City's score.
■ Needles 34, Calvary Chapel 12 -- At The Meadows, Andrew Mathews threw for touchdowns on his first two passes, sparking the Mustangs (5-3, 5-1 2A Southern) past the Lions (1-7, 1-5).
Needles took a 21-0 first-quarter lead, with Mathews throwing TD passes to Austin Baldwin (67 yards) and Daniel Guzman (16).
■ Lincoln County 36, The Meadows 14 -- At Panaca, Taylor Price rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns on 23 attempts to help the Lynx (3-5, 2-4 2A Southern) upset the Mustangs (4-4, 4-2).
Price scored on runs of 1, 2 and 9 yards in the first quarter, helping Lincoln County to a 22-6 lead. Alec Lloyd rushed for 151 yards on 19 carries for the Lynx and Bryce Dotson supplied 118 yards and one score on 16 carries.
Garrett Gosse passed for 213 yards and ran for a 2-yard score for The Meadows. Austin Brown had six receptions for 120 yards.
■ Indian Springs 74, Round Mountain 20 -- At Indian Springs, Adam Reinke ran for four touchdowns and passed for three, guiding the Thunderbirds (5-2, 3-1 1A Southern) past the Knights (3-5, 0-4).
Reinke had 230 yards on nine carries and threw for 151 for Indian Springs, which led 59-6 at halftime. His rushing TDs went for 50, 56, 47 and 28 yards.
Josh Swisher caught a 26-yard TD pass and rushed for scores of 47 and 26 yards.
■ Mountain View 39, Laughlin 22 -- At Laughlin, T.J. Engel passed for 214 yards and three TDs and rushed for 130 yards and two scores to help the Saints (4-5, 3-3 2A Southern) beat the Cougars (2-6, 0-6).
Engel completed 12 of 17 passes, including TD strikes of 39, 22 and 11 yards to Justyn Anderson.
■ Agassi Prep 32, White Pine 6 -- At Ely, Terrell Kemp rushed for two touchdowns to carry the Stars (6-1, 6-0 2A Southern) past the Bobcats (3-5, 3-3).
DeVonn Porter and Tank Carter also ran for TDs for Agassi Prep.