The Desert Shields scored 22 unanswered points and had three chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter but dropped a 35-30 decision to Fernley on Saturday.
Palo Verde never trailed in a 41-23 win over Las Vegas on Friday, and Canyon Springs turned a botched field-goal attempt into a winning touchdown to stun Arbor View 24-20.
Martin Blake threw 17-yard touchdown pass to Donte McJoy on a botched field goal for the winning score. Bishop Gorman, Liberty advance to Desert Region final.
Centennial running back Jordan Smith rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries Friday night as the Bulldogs advanced to the region semifinals.
Running back Charron Thomas rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lead Palo Verde past Las Vegas on Friday night in the Mountain Region quarterfinals.
Desert Pines running back Javontae Barnes, whose grandmother died last weekend, ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Jaguars past Faith Lutheran on Friday night.
The Mountain Region playoffs begin Friday, and none of the higher seeds expect an easy quarterfinal matchup — not even the league champions who are facing No. 4 seeds.
Liberty, Gorman look to keep rolling in the Desert Region semifinals, while the Mountain Region playoffs begin with intriguing quarterfinal matchups.
Canyon Springs got off to an 0-6 start against a difficult schedule, but the Pioneers enter the Mountain Region playoffs with confidence after three straight wins.
Senior running back Noah Hawthorne rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and the Gators never looked back in taking a 34-6 win over the Trailblazers.