FIELDER'S CHOICES: Playoff spots up for grabs


It's Halloween week, and I thought about getting Eric and Skeet together to dress up as Liberty's offensive line. But the three of us combined are as big as only one of them.

It's also the final week of the regular season, which means the final game of the year for more than half of the football players in town (unless you're Western ... then, it was three weeks ago).

The playoffs are right around the corner, and most of the postseason field is set. But plenty of shuffling still can take place on the final day.

All high school football games are moved to Thursday because of Nevada Day (kind of). I thought it was to give me time to watch football and go out and get candy.

We'll start with a pair of de facto league title games. When you get done picking a Halloween costume, join me at Nevadapreps.com for more.

■ Liberty (7-1, 5-0 Southeast League) at Foothill (7-1, 4-1) -- The schedule maker knew what he was doing when he put this game last.

Kai Nacua leads a fearsome group of Patriots searching for a second straight league title.

Drew Doxtator has been hard to stop, and Kyle Keplinger has the big-play skills that have made for good memories for the Falcons faithful.

Liberty puts its unbeaten league record on the line on the road. Like all good zombie movies, the Patriots might get scared. But they'll survive ... Liberty by 6.

■ Las Vegas (8-0, 6-0 Northeast League) at Canyon Springs (6-2, 6-0) -- After an 0-2 start, the Pioneers' playoff hopes quickly came back from the dead, and Donnel Pumphrey has been a thrill to watch.

No foe has found Farrell Victor's silver bullet, and that's a good thing for Wildcats fans.

This one won't be on television, but it'll be worth the price of admission.

V-I-C-T-O-R ... Y? Because I said so ... Las Vegas by 12.

■ Basic (4-4, 2-3 Southeast) at Del Sol (4-4, 2-3) -- The Dragons have more lives than a black cat around this time of year.

After a stunning loss to Coronado, Del Sol bounced back at Green Valley on Dylan Lindemann's last-second field goal to prop up its playoff hopes.

Now, a win against the Wolves would get the Dragons back into the postseason.

Antraye Johnson and Devonte Boyd won't make it easy.

But Chris Marshall will make it happen ... Del Sol by 2.

■ Palo Verde (8-0, 7-0 Northwest League) at Legacy (4-4, 3-4) -- Parker Rost is only a sophomore, but the young quarterback has shown quite the bite for the Panthers.

The only thing that might stop Palo Verde from a date with Bishop Gorman in the Sunset Region final is a stake through the heart.

Legacy doesn't have much to play for, and the Panthers already can smell blood.

This one could get frightening. For the Longhorns ... Palo Verde by 13.

Last week: 7-1, 5-3 (with points)

Season: 48-16, 34-28-2 (with points)

Contact Fielder at fielder@nevadapreps.com.

 

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