Midway through the fourth quarter at Eldorado, Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper began to ponder the possibility his team might suffer its first Northeast League loss.
Those doubts were quickly erased.
Moments later the momentum swung hard, and the Pioneers pulled out a 32-13 victory over the Sundevils on Friday night to keep pace with Las Vegas for the league's top spot.
Canyon Springs' Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, but it wasn't until the Pioneers' defense forced a safety in the fourth quarter that Canyon Springs could breathe easy.
The Sundevils, who trailed throughout, cut the deficit to 16-13 on JaQuorrey Williams' 53-yard pass to Javen Nihipali with 9:25 to play. The Pioneers (4-2, 4-0 Northeast) nearly answered on their next drive, but turned the ball over on downs at the Eldorado 5-yard line.
Eldorado (3-3, 3-2 Northeast) was unable to take advantage on the next drive, as Williams fumbled the ensuing snap and it bounced out of the end zone for a safety.
"That was huge in a division game of this magnitude," Cooper said. "I was pleased with my guys."
Penalties and poor decisions prevented Canyon Springs from taking control, frustrating the coaching staff.
"It was a sloppy game," Cooper said. "I think our offense had more penalties than points in that first half."
Though the Pioneers controlled the early tempo, their only first-half touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from Jamaal Martin to Ladarrell Mongkholtham after Eldorado fumbled the opening kick.
Pumphrey nailed a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead, then exploded up the middle for a 91-yard touchdown to make it 16-0 early in the third quarter.
"That kid is phenomenal," Cooper said of Pumphrey. "He has the potential to be the next Reggie Bush. He's about 65 percent of our offense."
But Cesar Urruitia, who rushed 13 times for 98 yards, scored on a 17-yard run midway through the third to ignite the Sundevils' rally.
The fourth-quarter safety resulted in good field position for Canyon Springs, which expanded its lead to 26-13 on Pumphrey's 3-yard run.
Stephen Revels dived into the end zone as time expired for the Pioneers' final touchdown.
Howard completed 8 of 18 passes for 99 yards to help Canyon Springs. Williams completed 7 of 24 passes for 232 yards to lead the Sundevils.
■ Bishop Gorman 56, Western 0 -- At Western, Justin Sweet rushed for touchdowns of 16 and 8 yards and caught a 58-yard TD pass to lead the top-ranked Gaels (5-2, 4-0 Southwest) over the Warriors (1-5, 0-5).
Jarrett Solomon's pass to Sweet was the first of six first-half touchdowns. Solomon finished 13 of 19 for 250 yards and also threw TDs of 47 yards to Ryan Smith, 26 to Jamir Tillman and 6 to Evan Zeger.
The Gaels had 450 total yards, and Sweet led all rushers with 111 on eight carries. Jordan Welte added 56 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.
-- Vincent Hernandez
■ Palo Verde 45, Shadow Ridge 7 -- At Palo Verde, Brandon Wright scored four touchdowns as the No. 2 Panthers (7-0) built a 35-0 halftime lead and rolled past the Mustangs (2-4, 0-4) to stay tied with Arbor View atop the Northwest League at 5-0.
Wright scored on runs of 50, 33, 28, and 5 yards and finished with 189 yards on 16 carries. Jonathan Maxwell added 70 yards, including a 20-yard TD.
Palo Verde's defense held Shadow Ridge to 70 yards. Joshua Symonette had two sacks and Doug Stultz one.
Garrett Dunlap kicked a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter and converted six extra points for the Panthers. Garrett Rost added a 25-yard TD run.
Nick McDearmon threw a 30-yard TD pass to Zach Ducksworth with 8:16 remaining for Shadow Ridge's only score.
-- Brennan Karle
■ Liberty 37, Green Valley 26 -- At Green Valley, the third-ranked Patriots (5-1, 4-0 Southeast) scored 22 unanswered points in the final 13 minutes to rally past the Gators (3-4, 1-2).
Teu Tai had a 75-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds left in the third quarter to cut lead to 26-23. Niko Kapeli scored on runs of 3 and 20 yards in the fourth.
Kapeli rushed for 175 yards to lead Liberty, which gained 443 on the ground. Tai added 117 and Kai Nacua supplied 86 rushing and 119 passing.
Green Valley's Paul McKay was 17 of 34 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Joshua Lomax caught TD passes of 31 and 52 yards.
-- Sean Jaramillo
■ Las Vegas 67, Sunrise Mountain 6 -- At Las Vegas, Farrell Victor ran for 160 yards, including touchdowns of 2, 17 and 10 yards, and Lamond Powe added 105 yards and two scores to propel the No. 4 Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Northeast) past the Miners (0-6, 0-4).
Powe's touchdowns were 6 and 10 yards. Cameron Rogers opened the scoring with a 65-yard run and finished with 118 total yards. Hasaan Henderson was 5 of 12 passing for 90 yards and two TDs, and had another 37 yards on three rushes.
Marquan Major caught a 30-yard TD pass from Henderson and ran for a 21-yard score. Michael Glenn also ran 63 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.
Tyree Mays scored on a 10-yard run for Sunrise Mountain in the fourth.
-- Sean Walker
■ Foothill 13, Silverado 7 -- At Silverado, Parker Riggin threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Connor Waikus for the go-ahead score with 6:40 remaining, lifting the No. 5 Falcons (7-0, 3-0 Southeast) past the Skyhawks (3-3, 1-2).
Riggin, 20 of 34 passes for 221 yards, was chased from the pocket to the left sideline on the decisive play. He lofted the ball to Waikus while falling out of bounds.
Silverado then drove 71 yards to the Foothill 5-yard line, but the Falcons stiffened, sacking Savon Moniz for a 21-yard loss on third down and taking over on downs with 1:22 to play.
Moniz threw a tying 63-yard pass to Ladale Jackson in the third quarter. Izaiah Thurmon led Silverado with 112 yards on 18 carries.
Miles Killebrew, starting for injured running back Connor Afoa, led Foothill with 67 yards rushing, including a 1-yard TD on the opening drive. Killebrew also had 73 receiving yards.
-- Tim Guesman
■ Arbor View 60, Cheyenne 58 (4OT) -- At Cheyenne, the No. 6 Aggies made a big stop on a 2-point conversion in the fourth overtime to move closer to the program's first playoff berth.
Arbor View (7-0, 5-0 Northwest) preserved its spotless record by bringing down Tyler Spight inches from the goal line on the conversion attempt by the Desert Shields (2-3, 1-3).
Spight was otherwise unstoppable, scoring six touchdowns (five rushing), running for 217 yards and scoring two 2-point conversions on a 40-point night.
Spight's rushing TDs, all after halftime, went for 80, 18, 7, 1 and 1 yards. He also scored on a 15-yard pass from Bakari Smith in the third overtime.
Spight's second TD gave the Desert Shields a six-point lead with 2:04 to play in regulation. But the Aggies answered in three plays, with Steve Burns running in from 5 yards. The blocked conversion kick sent the game into overtime.
Burns' 1-yard TD run and Donnie Gaskin's 2-point conversion run in the fourth overtime provided Arbor View's decisive score.
-- Sam Leeper
■ Durango 41, Sierra Vista 14 -- At Sierra Vista, Julio Mora rushed for 172 yards, including touchdowns of 12, 5 and 35 yards, and the No. 7 Trailblazers (6-1, 5-0 Southwest) defeated the Mountain Lions (1-5, 1-3).
Durango senior Chase Roberts completed 8 of 10 passes for 144 yards, highlighted by a 92-yard hook-up with Donovan Smith in the first quarter.
Smith also ran for a 35-yard touchdown and Antonio Nieves had a 32-yarder.
Gene Germaine ran for a 22-yard score and Latwoyn Pate supplied a 13-yarder for the Mountain Lions.
-- Nolan Lister
■ Legacy 28, Basic 21 -- At Legacy, Jordan Ireland rushed for 221 yards and three scores and the Longhorns (3-3) held off a late rally to beat the Wolves (4-3) in a nonleague game.
Ireland scored on runs of 3 and 32 yards in the first half and extended Legacy's lead to 20-6 after breaking an 80-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Basic answered when Eddie Vega found Darien Spencer for a 17-yard TD, then Kevin Aviles kicked his third field goal to cut the lead to five.
Alonzo Fuller scored on a 39-yard TD pass from Jordan Pinkney to put the Longhorns up by two scores with five minutes to play.
The Wolves' Benito Gutierrez scored on a 4-yard run on the ensuing possession, but Basic couldn't drive for a tying score.
Vega completed 16 of 25 passes for 221 yards and Darien Spencer had nine catches for 131 yards for Basic.
-- Adam Berchin
■ Faith Lutheran 45, Mojave 0 -- At Faith Lutheran, quarterback Joe Portaro compiled 364 all-purpose yards and the Crusaders (4-2, 2-2 Northwest) rolled over the Rattlers (0-5, 0-4).
Portaro passed for 259 yards on 15-for-30 and ran for 105 yards on 12 carries, including a 19-yard TD. He threw scoring passes of 52 yards to Brad Pearson and 26 to Justin Dannan, and also kicked a 38-yard field goal.
Pearson also scored on a 35-yard fumble return.
Mojave running back Bryant Lewis had 97 total yards.
-- Brian Danise
■ Del Sol 43, Coronado 21 -- At Coronado, the Dragons (3-4, 1-2 Southeast) scored on offense, defense and special teams to beat the Cougars (2-4, 1-3).
Junior Chris Marshall rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries, including a 2-yard TD, as Del Sol outgained Coronado 313-262. Troy Miller threw scoring passes to Jason Meuir of 64 and 26 yards.
The Dragons recorded a first-quarter safety, sacking Nate Webb in the end zone, and scored on Dwayne Kirkland's 70-yard kickoff return and Marshall's 43-yard punt return.
For Coronado, Webb scored on a 22-yard run and a 2-yard pass to Cody Mucino.
-- Kyle Gillis
■ Moapa Valley 36, Clark 33 -- At Clark, Zach Waite gained 101 yards on 11 carries, including a 36-yard touchdown, as the Class 3A Pirates (3-3) held on to beat the Chargers (2-4).
On fourth-and-3 with 25.6 seconds to play, Kelan Weiss hit Casen Lewis for 20 yards on a slant pattern to help Moapa Valley seal the win.
Clark nearly erased a 36-20 fourth-quarter deficit with Greg McKinney's 36-yard run and his 60-yard pass to Marquise McKinney. But after blocking a punt to take over at the Pirates 38-yard line with 3:47 to play, the Chargers were unable to pick up a first down.
Weiss passed for 190 yards and two scores for the Pirates, who overcame four turnovers. He connected with Hayden Cooper eight times for 98 yards, including TDs of 11 and 4.
Chris Jackson carried 15 times for 91 yards and a TD for Clark. Greg McKinney passed for 93 yards, including TDs of 10 and 60 yards to Marquise McKinney, and rushed for 61 yards and two scores.
-- Tristan Aird
■ Valley 61, Chaparral 33 -- At Valley, Anthony Sanders passed for 189 yards and four touchdowns, lifting the Vikings (2-6, 2-3 Northeast) over the Cowboys (0-7, 0-5).
Sanders' scoring passes went to Royce Finley (86 and 8 yards), Bryon Peeples (44) and Michael Langley (28). Peeples also ran for a 45-yard TD and Brian Brunson had a 44-yarder.
Rashad Richardson returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Koami Attila scored on runs of 25 and 8 yards.
For Chaparral, C.J. Karlventz made a 21-yard TD catch and rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries. Antonio Thomas ran for 87 yards, including a 2-yard score.
-- Matthew Hagan
■ Virgin Valley 29, Boulder City 0 -- At Boulder City, Humberto Urias passed for two touchdowns and ran for one as the Bulldogs (5-1, 1-0 3A Southern League) defeated the Eagles (3-4, 0-1).
Urias scored on a 16-yard run in the first quarter and threw TD passes of 28 and 42 yards to Daniel Gleave. Dee Bowler added a 28-yard TD run.
Urias ran for 52 yards, and completed 5 of 11 passes for 96 yards. Bowler ran for 62 yards.
For Boulder City, senior Joe Woodbury rushed for 44 yards.
-- Jim Konst
■ Agassi Prep 48, Lincoln County 0 -- At Rancho, DeVonn Porter ran for touchdowns of 6, 10 and 20 yards in the second quarter, and Agassi Prep (4-1, 4-0 2A Southern) clinched a playoff berth by beating the Lynx (1-5, 0-4).
The Stars will face The Meadows next week for first place in the 2A Southern League.
Derreon Whitesides added touchdowns on a 57-yard pass from Terrell Kemp and an 80-yard fumble return in the third quarter. Agassi Prep forced six turnovers and had four sacks.
The Stars had a 30-0 halftime lead on their way to their third shutout.
-- Chris Randolph
■ The Meadows 52, Needles 23 -- At Needles, Calif., Garrett Gosse passed for 382 yards and six touchdowns to guide The Meadows (4-2, 4-0 2A Southern) past Needles (3-3, 3-1).
Gosse completed 23 of 37 attempts and threw two TDs each to Taylor Beck, Austin Brown and Max Newman.
Needles' Daric Courtwright ran for touchdowns of 11, 2 and 20 yards.
■ White Pine 60, Laughlin 0 -- At Ely, Devante Valencia returned two punts for touchdowns and rushed for another to help the Bobcats (2-4, 2-2 2A Southern) defeat the Cougars (2-4, 0-3).
Joshua Ashby threw two touchdown passes.