Foothill High football coach Martin Redmond wants his players to learn from their mistakes.
The seventh-ranked Falcons created numerous learning opportunities Thursday, but finally overcame themselves to cruise to a 33-0 victory at Green Valley in the Southeast League opener for both teams.
Kyle Keplinger scored three touchdowns for Foothill, which killed several promising drives with eight penalties and an interception in the first quarter.
"We were expecting to be a little better on offense," Redmond said, "especially in that first quarter. We were not focused."
But the Falcons (4-0, 1-0 Southeast) ignited momentum late in the quarter when they tackled Gators punter James Durbin in the end zone for a safety.
Parker Riggin, who completed 18 of 29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, helped extend Foothill’s lead to 10-0 when he connected with Keplinger for a 46-yard touchdown with 11:52 left in the first half.
Connor Afoa made it 17-0 with a 5-yard TD run and Keplinger scored on a 35-yard pass from Riggin just before halftime to make it 24-0.
"This was our first league game," said Keplinger, who scored on both of his receptions. "That always means the most to me."
Keplinger scored his final touchdown on defense, intercepting a Paul McKay pass and returning it 14 yards to make it 31-0 early in the third quarter.
"We changed coverages on them there," Redmond said. "Kyle got a great jump on the ball, and just stepped in front and took it."
The Falcons capped the night by blocking a punt for a safety in the third quarter.
"Our defense played exceptionally well," said Redmond, whose squad held the Gators to negative yardage in the first half. "Our special teams played well also."
Connor Afoa helped Foothill with 67 yards on eight carries, and Connor Waitkus caught five passes for 74 yards.
For Green Valley (1-3, 0-1), which had four turnovers, Aaron Love rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries and Kris Hanson had 30 yards on four receptions.
■ Bishop Gorman 63, Sierra Vista 0 — At Bishop Gorman, Shaquille Powell compiled four touchdowns and 194 yards on eight carries, and Jarrett Solomon passed for three scores to carry the top-ranked Gaels (3-1, 2-0 Southwest) past the Mountain Lions (1-3, 1-1).
Powell’s TD runs were 55, 2, 28 and 39 yards. Solomon completed TD passes to Jamir Tillman (16 yards), Evan Zeger (34) and Zach Hutchins (17) in the first half and finished 6 of 8 for 111 yards.
Junior quarterback Makoa Tyndall added a 2-yard TD pass to Jamal Vickers. Justin Sweet supplied 63 yards on five carries, including a 34-yard TD.
— Sean Walker
■ Liberty 27, Silverado 0 — At Silverado, Marcos Rivera kicked field goals of 20 and 47 yards and threw a TD pass as the third-ranked Patriots (2-1, 1-0 Southeast) blanked the Skyhawks (2-1, 0-1).
Rivera threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Lagasca. Ty Byrd rushed for 124 yards on 16 carries, including a 17-yard touchdown, for the Patriots, who limited Silverado to 151 yards.
— Tim Guesman
■ Coronado 30, Basic 27 — At Coronado, Brock Morrison kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime and the Cougars (2-1, 1-0 Southeast) shocked the fourth-ranked Wolves (3-1, 0-1).
Coronado lost 19 yards on its overtime possession, but Morrison came through with the long field goal to break the tie. The Cougars then stopped Basic on its offensive series to seal the win.
Matthew Knapp guided the Cougars’ fourth-quarter rally, throwing a 4-yard TD pass to Devon Riley and a 24-yarder to Cody Mucino. Knapp then hit Riley with a 2-point conversion with 24 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Knapp was 9 of 13 for 104 yards for the Cougars.
— Nolan Lister
■ Las Vegas 35, Desert Pines 0 — At Desert Pines, Farrell Victor gained 105 yards on nine carries, including a 9-yard touchdown, and added 51 yards receiving to lift the fifth-ranked Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 Northeast) over the Jaguars (0-4, 0-1).
Dee Hall scored on a 75-yard punt return in the third quarter to give Las Vegas a 21-0 lead. The Wildcats closed out the shutout by holding Desert Pines to 29 yards in the second half.
— Matthew Hagan
■ Durango 28, Clark 24 — At Durango, the No. 9 Trailblazers (3-1, 1-0 Southwest) trailed 18-13 until Julio Mora and Donovan Smith scored during a three-minute span of the fourth quarter.
Clark (0-3, 0-2) led 18-13 and had driven to the Trailblazers 27 until a fumble halted the drive. Four plays later, Smith broke three tackles on a go-ahead 41-yard touchdown run with 6:41 to play. Mora’s 4-yard run then capped a 30-yard drive and gave Durango a 28-18 lead.
Clark answered on Greg McKinney’s 5-yard run, but Durango recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Smith led the Trailblazers with 159 yards on 13 carries. Mora, fresh off his 279-yard performance against Bonanza, finished with 115 and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
The Chargers’ Derrick West led all rushers with 189 yards and had scoring runs of 6 and 64.
— Sam Leeper
■ Arbor View 39, Mojave 20 — At Mojave, the Aggies (4-0, 2-0 Northwest) rushed for 442 yards to gain a lopsided victory over the Rattlers (0-2, 0-2).
Christian Rodriguez rushed for 120 yards on 10 carries, including touchdowns of 18 and 42. Charles May gained 125 yards on 17 carries, and his 15-yard TD capped the first half with Arbor View leading 29-8.
Steve Burns added two scores on a 6-yard run and a 10-yard pass from sophomore Henry Hoffend, who had five completions for 107 yards.
While Mojave’s ground game struggled to 76 yards, Trevonte Veal passed for 224 yards (on 11 of 16) and threw a 76-yard TD to Gabriel Roberts in the third quarter. Dadrian Green added a 5-yard TD run and Terrence Davis had a 3-yarder for the Rattlers.
— Vincent Hernandez
■ Cheyenne 24, Del Sol 14 — At Cheyenne, Kenneth Counts and Tyler Spight combined to rush for 298 yards and Counts scored two touchdowns to propel the No. 10 Desert Shields (3-1) past the Dragons (2-2).
Counts rushed for 155 yards on 14 carries, including scores of 25 and 3 yards. He also ran for a 2-point conversion. Spight gained 143 yards on 24 carries.
Del Sol’s Chris Marshall rushed for 211 yards on 32 carries. He scored on a 12-yard run and 2-point conversion run in the third quarter.
— Brian Danise
■ Desert Oasis 77, Bonanza 44 — At Desert Oasis, fueled by Devin Fortenberry’s five touchdown runs, the Diamondbacks (3-1, 2-0 Southwest) set a school single-game scoring record and outgunned the Bengals (0-3, 0-2).
Fortenberry carried 15 times for 139 yards, with the sophomore scoring on runs of 50, 3 and 13 yards in the first half and 1 and 16 yards in the second.
KamBrenn Heatley returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a TD and rushed for 69 yards and a score for Desert Oasis. Trevon Barnes rushed for 93 yards and two TDs for the Diamondbacks.
Desert Oasis’ Jossaiah Raval returned an interception 103 yards for a score in the fourth quarter, the second-longest touchdown in state history, according to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association record book.
Bonanza quarterback Sterling Sprau completed 23 of 35 passes for 318 yards and five TDs and rushed for 72 yards.
Dasean Martin caught eight passes for 123 yards and three TDs, rushed for 70 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score for the Bengals.
Bonanza was outgained 473-468, but couldn’t recover from three turnovers and nine penalties. The Bengals have allowed 199 points in three games.
— Tristan Aird
■ Canyon Springs 63, Chaparral 18 — At Chaparral, the Pioneers (1-2, 1-0 Northeast) scored three touchdowns in just over two minutes to seize control against the Cowboys (0-3, 0-1).
Malik Brown’s 6-yard run ignited the burst by Canyon Springs. The Pioneers followed with consecutive interception returns by Corey Esco (35 yards) and Marquon Webster (25) for a 19-6 lead.
Donnel Pumphrey, who rushed for 198 yards, had 24 points for Canyon Springs. He scored on runs of 87 and 59 yards, caught a TD pass for 66 and kicked three PATs and a 26-yard field goal.
Chaparral’s Corey Hockin compiled 198 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and also returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown.
— Sean Jaramillo
■ Eldorado 27, Valley 0 — At Valley, the Sundevils (2-1, 1-0 Northeast) scored on their first offensive play and never let up to shutout the Vikings (0-4, 0-1).
Senior JaQuorry Williams passed for touchdowns of 33, 19 and 21 yards and had an interception and fumble recovery. Eldorado outgained Valley 313-125, aided by five turnovers by the Vikings.
Junior quarterback Anthony Sanders accounted for 124 of Valley’s 125 yards.
— William Terrill
■ Legacy 20, Shadow Ridge 7 — At Legacy, Jordan Ireland rushed for 190 yards, D’Andre Hughes added 120 and they combined for three touchdowns to lead the Longhorns (1-2, 1-1 Northwest) over the Mustangs (2-1, 0-1).
Hughes broke a scoreless tie with a 6-yard run to end the first quarter. Ireland scored on an 86-yard run on Legacy’s next possession and added a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter to make it 20-0. Ireland had 30 carries.
Legacy scored on Jordan Brown’s 30-yard pass to Zach Ducksworth.
— Adam Berchin
■ Rancho 53, Sunrise Mountain 0 — At Sunrise Mountain, Shamel David rushed for 195 yards and two TDs, and the Rams (3-2, 2-0 Northeast) had a 383-76 yardage edge over the Miners (0-4, 0-2).
David ran for scores of 57 and 5 yards. Cody Hafen supplied two 9-yard TD runs, added a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and blocked a punt.
Rancho’s William Gosse-Gardet passed for two second-quarter touchdowns and ran for a 2-point conversion.
— Jonathan Pulliam
■ Spring Valley 58, Western 0 — At Western, the Grizzlies (2-1, 1-0 Southwest) rushed for seven touchdowns in an easy victory over the Warriors (1-2, 0-2).
Edd Sutton and John Flores each ran for two scores, and Nick Santos, Jordan Cox and Austyn Wallace added rushing TDs for the Grizzlies.
■ The Meadows 38, Calvary Chapel 16– At The Meadows, Garrett Gosse passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Mustangs (1-2, 1-0 2A Southern) over the Lions (0-3, 0-1).
Austin Brown made TD catches of 73 and 55 yards and Max Newman scored on receptions of 77 and 47 yards to spark The Meadows to a 32-16 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs, two-time defending state champions, compiled a 542-210 yardage edge, led by Gosse, who completed 24 of 33 pass attempts.
Calvary Chapel’s Cody Taylor was 10 of 24 for 103 yards and a touchdown, and he added 60 yards on 14 carries.
— Chris Randolph
■ Moapa Valley 59, Cheyenne JV 6 — At Overton, Hayden Cooper made three receptions and scored on two of them, helping the Pirates (2-2) defeat Cheyenne’s junior varsity.
Cooper, who compiled 106 yards receiving, scored in the third quarter on receptions of 79 and 18 yards from Kellen Weiss.
Weiss, 9 of 12 passes for 192 yards, also threw a 36-yard TD pass to Casen Lewis in the first quarter.
Hayden Waite added a 3-yard TD, and Riley Solomon scored on a 5-yard run.In-depth high school sports coverage