There was sentiment this was shaping up as Basic’s year in its annual Henderson Bowl showdown against Green Valley, but that wasn’t the case Friday.
Silverado, the No. 1 Class 4A team in the Southern Nevada football rankings, will host a 5A opponent in Palo Verde after a bye last week.
Silverado opened with a 57-7 win over Class 5A Centennial and has this week off. No. 2 Shadow Ridge will play at Arbor View, 5A’s third-ranked team.
Silverado cruised to the Class 4A state football championship last season, but coach Andy Ostolaza expects a more difficult path to the title this year.
Silverado returns many of its top players after a season in which it went 12-0, won the Class 4A state championship and outscored its opponents 628-128.
Silverado has a talented group of returning players from last year’s team that went 12-0 and cruised to its first state championship.
Two players — Liberty’s Saco Alofipo (Utah State) and Faith Lutheran’s Jordan Pollard (San Jose State) — signed with Football Bowl Subdivision schools Wednesday.
Coronado’s offense wasn’t sharp after a bye week, but its defense stifled the Basic offense in a 13-0 win in the Class 4A state quarterfinals.
When Green Valley running back Jaylen McKnight went out with an injury Friday, Josiah Edwards stepped in and helped the Gators to a 21-14 victory at Desert Pines.
Liberty was missing about 40 players because of COVID protocols, but because the Patriots have so many players out for football, they were able to play the game.
State championships: 1960, 1958
Region championships: None
Recent league championships: 2015, 2008, 2000
Last 12 seasons
2019: 2-8 (0-5 Southeast/sixth)
2018: 4-7 (2-3 Southeast/fourth)
2017: 3-7 (2-3 Southeast/fourth)
2016: 8-4 (3-2 Southeast/second)
2015: 10-2 (4-0 Southeast/first)
2014: 6-6 (1-3 Southeast/fourth)
2013: 4-6 (3-2 Southeast/second)
2012: 6-4 (3-2 Southeast/third)
2011: 6-5 (3-3 Southeast/fourth)
2010: 5-5 (2-4 Southeast/fifth)
2009: 11-2 (5-1 Southeast/second)
2008: 8-4 (5-1 Southeast/first)
Recent head coaches
Jeff Cahill (2008- ): 73-60, 12 seasons
Cliff Frazier (1992-2007): record unavailable, 16 seasons