Mad, mad props to Durango for making a big statement last Friday at Rancho.
Instead of the one they made last year, which was basically, "We’re not very good," the Trailblazers showed they have offense and can win, like big, in a 53-19 rout at Rancho.
Taking away their single win last year over Pahrump Valley (and really, did it count when anyone played Pahrump?), Durango didn’t score 53 points in any other three games combined … and didn’t even score their 53rd point until October.
Julio Mora was a huge spark with 241 yards and three touchdowns, and Durango had 379 total yards. If the Trailblazers keep that up, they could be a playoff team.
Not a great start for me, picking seven of nine winners (six if you count the points), but I’m blaming too much time in the sun and heat.
Here are this week’s four to score. For more picks, find me on Nevadapreps.com. I’m still waiting on the pizza. The 30 minutes are up.
• Bishop Gorman (1-0) at Durango (1-0): Come on, really? Durango gets to feel good about itself for the first time in a while. There’s a parade on Dewey Drive. And now they’ve got to get ready for Gorman?
Durango has to control the clock to have any chance in this game, and that means more, more Mora and some Michael Mehiling, too. See ball, run ball.
Gorman finished well in a 48-14 win at Dixie (Utah). Shaquille Powell is flying with four touchdowns already.
Couldn’t watch any game film of this, though. Something about taking it across state lines.
Prove me wrong again, Durango. Gorman by 18.
• Basic (1-0) at Desert Pines (1-0): Desert Pines has one rule: Every time Eric Tuiloma touches the ball, the Jaguars automatically get six points.
Tuiloma had four touches and four touchdowns last week when the Jaguars barely covered the three points I gave up in a 50-6 win over Cheyenne.
I’m not sure how good Basic is. Definitely good enough to beat Boulder City, but I’m guessing Basic won’t put a banner in its gym for that one.
Tyler Dobbins ran well against the Eagles, and he’ll need to again. Basic has one rule, too. Keep the ball away from Tuiloma. Desert Pines by 8.
• Faith Lutheran (0-0) at Legacy (1-0): Mr Griggs is back for Legacy, and that means I like them.
Yes, Mr is the 5-foot-9-inch lineman’s first name. It gets no cooler than that. Especially when he gets mail that reads: Dear Mr. Mr Griggs.
Deshae Edwards is back, too, and he’s pretty good. Like 99-yard kickoff return good.
Welcome to Class 4A, Faith Lutheran. Please check your expectations at the door. Legacy by 14.
• Sierra Vista (0-1) at Bonanza (0-1): Weird to say this, but in Week 2, this game has playoff implications. Figuring Gorman and Spring Valley will make it, Bonanza, Sierra Vista, Clark and now maybe Durango are probably battling for the other two spots.
The Mountain Lions scored 21 straight points last week … after they fell behind 41-0 to Pine View (Utah).
Bonanza’s defense was great last week, until allowing a 70-yard run in the fourth quarter. The offense was good between the 20s, not so much otherwise. Look for a better effort from Desean Martin rushing this week. Bonanza by 6.
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