Big plays can turn the tide in any game, and most of them went in Las Vegas High’s favor Friday night.
Miles Davis caught touchdown passes of 75 and 64 yards from Ja’Shawn Scroggins, and the Wildcats scored twice on defense to stay unbeaten with a 39-28 road victory over Silverado.
Las Vegas forced four turnovers, including an 8-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Devyn Perkins that made it a 33-14 lead and a 60-yard interception return for a score from Layne Adaro on the game’s final play.
“That was huge. It was good that we got those turnovers because they’re huge momentum shifts,” Las Vegas coach Erick Capetillo said. “We practice those things, and when they come open and we execute those types of plays, it’s really awesome to see.”
The Wildcats (3-0) led 19-14 at halftime and increased their advantage when Scroggins hit a pass over the middle to Davis, who ducked under a defender and raced for the 64-yard TD that gave them a two-score lead.
“It’s a great connection,” Scroggins said. “We’ve been playing together for two years, and he’s like an older brother to me.”
Silverado (1-1) got back into the game on a 38-yard touchdown strike from Brandon Tunnell to his twin brother, Bryson, late in the third quarter. Brandon Tunnell struck again midway through the fourth on a 31-yard pass to Ryan Thomas, who was interfered with on the play but caught the pass as he lay on the ground in the end zone.
The Wildcats had a chance to put the game away, but Scroggins was stopped inches short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal with 1:49 to play. Brandon and Bryson Tunnell connected again, this time on a 28-yard pass to get the Skyhawks out of the shadow of their goal line, but Adaro then made his interception return.
“Sometimes when we overthink things, that’s when we make mental errors,” Capetillo said. “They made adjustments, but at the end of that half, we were able to finish that game.”
Scroggins threw for 248 yards and the two touchdowns but was intercepted twice in the second half. Jay Curtis added 161 yards rushing and one TD.
Aginae Cunningham rushed for 164 yards and a TD for Silverado, and Brandon Tunnell threw for 97 yards on his three completions.
“Those things (them coming back), you don’t really want,” Capetillo said. “But I love the kids’ perseverance. They held on, they played as a team and stuck together in the end. Those are the things we preach every day in practice.”
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