We’re down to six high school football games this week, with three Division I contests on Friday, and three small-school state title games on Saturday in Northern Nevada.
Arbor View (10-1) at Bishop Gorman (12-0) — The Sunset Region title game comes down to the Aggies and Gaels again. But like most games involving Gorman and a local team, few expect this one to be close.
Arbor View has gone 58-11 since the start of the 2010 season, but five of those losses have come to Gorman.
The Gaels rolled in last year’s meeting, winning, 56-6. Gorman has averaged 66.3 points in six games against local opponents this season.
Green Valley (6-4) at Liberty (9-1) — This one was ugly the first time the teams played, with Liberty jumping out to 51-7 lead at the half and winning 51-17. Maybe things will be different in the Sunrise Region semifinals.
The Patriots racked up 379 rushing yards in the first meeting, as the Gators had no answer for the running attack.
Green Valley running back Austin Warhop went down with an injury early in that game, but is now back in the lineup. He rushed for 117 yards last week, and gives the Gators another dimension.
Basic trailed 13-12 against Coronado before rallying for a 25-13 win in the regular-season finale, then barely avoided an upset in the first round of the playoffs, topping a 3-7 Canyon Springs team, 20-17.
Silverado, meanwhile, has been peaking at the right time, especially on defense. The Skyhwks have won three straight, allowing a total of 35 points in those games.
Moapa Valley (11-1) vs. Churchill County (11-1) — Moapa Valley is seeking its second straight Division I-A title, and will try to get R.J. Hubert involved any way it can.
Hubert leads the area with 180 points, and can score in a variety of ways.
The Greenwave counters with quarterback Connor Richardson, who has passed for 2,479 yards and 32 TDs and rushed for 543 yards and seven scores.
Lincoln County (11-1) vs. Yerington (11-0) — Few expected the Lynx to make it this far, but Lincoln County has won nine straight games since a 26-22 loss to White Pine.
But the Lynx will need to find a way to slow down Reese Neville if they want to unseat the Lions, who have won the last two Division III crowns.
Neville has rushed for 1,257 yards and 18 TDs, averaging a ridiculous 15.3 yards per carry. He’s also caught 21 passes for 423 yards and three scores.
Pahranagat Valley (11-0) vs. Whittell (11-0) — The Panthers seek an eighth consecutive state title in the Division IV title game.
Pahranagat Valley also could match a national 8-man record for consecutive victories. The Panthers have won 92 straight, one game shy of the mark set by Shattuck (Okla.) from 2003 to 2009.
The Panthers have plenty of weapons, and average 52 points while yielding 17.1
But don’t count out Whittell, which has been just as impressive this season. The Warriors have averaged 56.9 points and allowed only 8.9. They feature two running backs, Corey Huber (1,620 rushing yards) and Dismas Womack (769 rushing yards), who average 11 yards per carry.
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