5 high school football games to watch this week

Here’s a look at some of Friday’s most interesting high school football games.

Basic (4-1) at Green Valley (2-3) — While the Bone Game and the Cleat Game have longer histories, the Henderson Bowl has become the area’s most competitive rivalry game.

Six of the last 10 meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer, with Green Valley having won the last three.

But the Gators are coming off a 51-17 drubbing against Liberty, and will need to rebound quickly against the sixth-ranked Wolves in the Southeast League opener for both teams.

Basic has spread the ball around this year, with 10 players rushing four touchdowns thus far.

Cheyenne (4-2, 3-1 Sunset) at Mojave (4-2, 3-1) — The winner of this one will be alone in second place in the Sunset League with two games to play.

Both teams have shown strong defenses this season. Cheyenne has posted two shutouts and has allowed a total of 64 points, with 40 of those coming in a loss to Faith Lutheran.

Mojave also has been strong on defense, having carried a shutout into halftime in five of the team’s six games. But the Rattlers will be tested by Cheyenne running back David Walker, who has rushed for 772 yards and 10 scores.

Foothill (4-1) at Eldorado (2-3) — Both teams look for early momentum as they start play in the Southeast League.

The Falcons have won four straight since dropping their opener 50-6 to Desert Hills (Utah).

Foothill has averaged 49.5 points in those four wins, led by running back Justice Jackson, who has rushed for 706 yards and 13 TDs.

The Sundevils has rebounded after losing their first three games. Eldorado has relied on its passing game, with a pair of strong receivers in Shane Barnes (23 catches, 473 yards) and Carl Crayon (19 catches, 321 yards).

Rancho (2-4) at Sunrise Mountain (4-2) — There wasn’t much good to say about these two teams last season.

Sunrise Mountain’s lone win was a one-point victory over the Rams, who were in the midst of a multi-season losing streak. Things have changed a bit this season.

The Miners had never won more than two games in a season before this year, and had never posted a league victory. Now they’re in contention for a playoff spot.

Rancho snapped a 30-game losing streak in Week 2, and will look to rebound after having to forfeit to Chaparral a week ago as a result of a bench-clearing incident against Las Vegas.

Spring Mountain (4-1, 3-0 Division IV Southern) at Pahranagat Valley (5-0, 3-0) — The small-school special for the week features two of the state’s eight-man powers.

Spring Mountain has lost to Pahranagat Valley in three consecutive state title games, and should be the top test for the Panthers this season.

Pahranagat Valley is riding an 86-game win streak, and quarterback Tabor Maxwell already has passed for 1,420 yards and 24 TDs with just one interception. Forty percent of his completions have gone for scores.

Go to nevadapreps.com for a full schedule and complete scoreboard.

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