FIELDER'S CHOICES: Blame flop on late buses

I guess I dug myself into a hole last week.

But picking only two games right in the first full week of the season will make my imminent comeback better as I storm through the playoffs.

I thought I knew high school football this year, but ordered scouting reports on every team in Southern Nevada, just in case.

Then the delivery was late. That's the last time I rely on Clark County School District buses. When it absolutely, positively has to be there sometime after kickoff ...

The biggest turnaround was in the Class 3A Southern League. My picture was on so many bulletin boards in Boulder City and Mesquite, the students thought I was up for homecoming king. (There is no truth to the rumor I will be attending with Katy Perry, either.)

The game of the week was Thursday at Palo Verde, but a few intriguing matchups still remain.

The left side of town starts league play, so remember, coaches: These games actually matter.

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■ Las Vegas (1-0) at Centennial (0-0) -- The Bulldogs return seven starters on each side of the ball from last year's 8-4 team, which won most games with a stingy defense that allowed an average of 17.9 points per game.

Las Vegas might look like a new team on paper, but Farrell Victor's showing against Pine View (Utah) last week proved the Wildcats are anything but inexperienced.

I haven't learned much from the Northeast League, but I know one thing: Never count out Hasaan Henderson.

Fear the chop... Las Vegas by 13.

■ Desert Pines (0-1) at Liberty (0-1) -- I wanted to see for myself the fuss over the Jaguars' offensive line, so I went out to practice on a cloudy day.

Then I realized it was just Cedrick Poutasi blocking out the sun.

If you like line play, go here tonight. Just don't volunteer to buy dinner for either line.

Patriots quarterback Kai Nacua can't get another chance to make a first impression after last week's humbling loss to Arbor View.

But 1-1 sounds a lot better than 0-2 ... Liberty by 7.

■ Shadow Ridge (0-0) at Faith Lutheran (0-0) -- I thought Shadow Ridge was building a strong foundation for the future after last season's playoff appearance.

Then I saw this year's roster and didn't recognize anybody.

Joe Portaro is not walking through the Crusaders' locker room anymore.

But Brad Pearson is ... Faith Lutheran by 12.

■ Desert Oasis (0-0) at Bishop Gorman (1-1) -- Desert Oasis might be the second-best team in the Southwest League.

Devin Fortenberry was only 15 rushing yards shy of 1,000 as a sophomore and should see the ball even more as an upperclassman.

But remember the "second-best" part? Well, it's no secret who's the first. And it's not close.

Starting the season on Hualapai Way the week after Gorman lost on national television isn't good for anyone.

This one could get ugly ... Gorman by 28.

■ Last week: 2-6 (2-6 with points)

■ Season: 2-6

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