Desert Pines football coach Tico Rodriguez could have been upset Thursday about the fact that his offense was held to 109 yards in the first half.
But the Jaguars were leading 33-7 at the time, so Rodriguez was all smiles.
Desert Pines quarterback Iquan Corsey completed 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards and three touchdowns, and his team capitalized on strong field position throughout the night to roll to a 45-14 victory over host Valley.
Though the Jaguars didn’t put up quite the offensive numbers Rodriguez was hoping for, they did take advantage of their many opportunities. They forced five turnovers, scored on an interception return and ran back a kick for a touchdown.
“We got some lucky breaks with all those turnovers,” Rodriguez said. “We won the turnover battle, and that made the difference.”
Deseert Pines wasted no time in taking a 6-0 lead on Corsey’s 2-yard TD plunge early in the first quarter, but Valley answered with a 12-play, 75 yard drive capped by an 8-yard scoring pass from Tyrone Prewitt to Malik Batiste to make it 7-6.
Valley’s only lead did not last long, however, as Malik Davis returned the ensuing kick 88 yards for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 12-7 advantage.
Desert Pines’ defense went to work from there, forcing turnovers that allowed the offense to score on two passes from Corsey to Tim Hough and a pass from Corsey to Jon McCoy to make it 33-7 just before halftime.
“Overall, our team speed gave them problems,” Rodriguez said. “One of the keys was the all-around athleticism of our team.”
Valley struggled to overcome that obstacle in the second half as well, thanks in part to Tim Hough, who connected with McCoy for a 35-yard TD pass in the third and later scored another TD on a 44-yard interception return.
The Vikings got back on the board with a 9-yard pass from Prewitt to Noble Hall in the fourth, but the Jaguars’ defense squelched two more drives before it was over.
Hough completed both of his passes for 40 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 37 yards and two scores for Desert Pines. Teammate Eric Wilkes finished with 92 yards on 13 carries.
Charlie Winters rushed 19 times for 99 yards to lead Valley.
■ Las Vegas 56, Basic 28 — At Las Vegas, junior quarterback Trevor Swenson threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past the Wolves.
Swenson’s first pass went for a 57-yard score as Aaron Zanin-Banks caught a short pass and outran the Basic secondary. He also connected with Zanin-Banks on a 66-yard touchdown pass and Andrew Moreland on an 80-yard scoring strike.
After the Wildcats’ first score, Basic’s Antraye Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to cut the Wildcats lead to 7-6. After the Wildcats scored on their following possession on a 1-yard pass from Swenson to Kyle Christenson, the Wolves defense kept Las Vegas out of the end zone the rest of the first half. Basic would eventually tie the score at 14-14 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Johnson, who also ran in the two-point conversion.
In the second half, Las Vegas regained the lead on a 65-yard fumble return by Tristan Gordon. The Wolves took the lead on a 19-yard TD from Johnson to David Garza. Johnson then ran in the 2-point conversion to give Basic a 22-21 lead.
■ Foothill 48, Silverado 43 — At Foothill, the Falcons held off a late Silverado rally en route for their first win of the season.
Already running away with the game, Nick Gardner connected with David Persi on a 57-yard TD pass to cap a nine-play, 82-yard drive early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 45-21. The score seemingly put away the game away for the Falcons, but the Skyhawks scored on their next drive with 6:54 left on a 10-yard run by Jarrett Alipio, then put home a two-point pass from Mitchell Ballard to Alex Aragon to make it 45-29.
On the second play of Foothill’s ensuing drive, an errant snap recovered by Silverado gave the Skyhawks life. In only three plays, Alipio scored from 1 yard out, then converted for two points to put the score at 45-37.
Cory Fisher hit a 48-yard field goal for Foothill to make it 48-37, but Silverado drove 72 yards on its next drive, which was helped by a Foothill pass interference call on fourth dow. Ballard found Austin Hunt from 11 yards out to make it 48-43, with the missed two-point conversion.
■ Desert Oasis 53, Del Sol 0 — At Desert Oasis, Jaquez Kalili scored four first-half touchdowns on 234 yards as the Diamondbacks got their first win of the season.
Kalili opened the scoring with touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards, then ended the first half with back-to-back scoring runs of 71 and 82 yards. Blake Kutz ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries for Desert Oasis, including one of 57 yards in the first half. The Diamonbacks racked up 463 yards rushing.
Desert Oasis held Del Sol (0-2) to 152 yards of offense. Austin Higgins was the bright spot for Del Sol as he ran for 78 yards on 19 carries for the Dragons.
■ Cimarron-Memorial 40, Sierra Vista 0 — At Sierra Vista, Michael Barnson battled for 169 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans.
Derek Morefield completed 6-of-12 attempts for 178 yards and found Djon Watson twice for scores. Watson finished with four receptions for 132 yards.
Cimarron-Memorial’s defense allowed just 102 yards of offense and shut down the opposing quarterbacks. Sierra Vista freshman Anders Benson ran for 56 yards but completed no passes and had an interception before leaving the game with injury.
■ Bonanza 23, Durango 14 — At Durango, Jayveon Taylor scored two touchdowns to guide the Bengals past the Trailblazers.
Bonanza clung to a 16-14 lead before Taylor scrambled for a 17-yard TD to put the Bengals in control with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter.
Taylor opened the scoring by fielding a punt, eluding several tacklers and racing down the left sideline for a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Penkalski then capped a 62-yard scoring drive with a 9-yard strike to Scott Dore to make it 13-0.
Josh Johnson scored on a 2-yard run late in the first half and a 3-yard plunge to cap a 71-yard drive, keyed by a 31-yard pass from Ben Hayden to Casey Smith, at the end of the third quarter for Durango.
■ Faith Lutheran 27, Chaparral 12 — At Chaparral, Faith Lutheran (2-2) stopped four of five fourth-down attempts by Chaparral and halted a late first-half Cowboy drive at the Crusader 17 to post a 27-12 win.
The Crusaders were led by senior quarterback Jake Deaville, who came off the bench to rush for 62 yards and pass for 114, including 101 to fellow senior Vinny DeGeorge. A 38-yard connection from Deaville to DeGeorge early in the second quarter gave Faith a 14-6 lead.
Chaparral (1-2) gained all of its 215 yards with a balanced rushing attack with 101 yards from Seitu Wyche, 45 from Justin Alpha and 43 from Richard Hernandez.
Faith’s Keenan Smith scored three times, twice on 1-yard runs and once on a 98-yard kickoff return.
■ Clark 33, Eldorado 14 — At Eldorado, Kareem Warren threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-10 passing to lead the visiting Chargers over the Sundevils.
Clark broke open a scoreless tie with 21 unanswered second-quarter points. Ty’Rek Wells and Milan Dixon each rushed for a touchdown before Warren connected on a short pass to Clifton Smith, who outran the defense for a 90-yard TD. Warren added two more touchdown passes to Andre Turner, and Smith finished with 206 yards receiving on just four catches.
■ Virgin Valley 72 Rancho 6 — At Rancho, led by senior DeVonte Milligan, the undefeated Bulldogs (3-0, 0-0 Division I-A Sunrise) wasted little time in taking control of the contest.
Milligan caught touchdown passes of 30 and 32 yards from quarterback Garrett Leavitt and returned an interception 65 yards for a third touchdown, all during the first quarter. Leavitt, who threw four touchdown passes, also connected with senior Harold Caswell in the opening period as the Bulldogs took a quick 27-0 lead.
■ Sunrise Mountain 25, Western 6 — At Western, the Miners spotted the Warriors an early lead before rolling to their first win of the season.
The story of the first half was the marked improvement of the Warriors offense as Kwan Carter took the controls and led Western (0-3) to an early 6-0 lead. Carter connected with Adrian Manon on a beautiful 32 yard scoring pass.
The story for the Miners (1-2) was their running game. Sherman Nash ran for 134 yards in the first half and finished with 226. Romello Tatum added 46 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. The Miners compiled 333 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
■ Moapa Valley 35, Mojave 6 — At Overton, Zach Hymas threw two touchdowns and added a 1-yard scoring run as the ninth-ranked Pirates (3-0) routed the Rattlers (2-1).
Justin Hughes finished with 61 yards and a touchdown for Moapa Valley.
Mojave finished with minus-15 yards rushing and 108 yards of total offense. Standout junior running back Ty Flanagan was held to 7 yards on 10 carries.
■ Boulder City 14, Pahrump Valley 8 — At Boulder City, Sam Woodbury’s interception in the end zone with 20 seconds left allowed the Eagles (2-1) to hold off the Trojans (1-2).
Pahrump Valley trailed 14-0 entering the fourth quarter, but A.J. Segura’s 35-yard run and Keenan Harris’ two-point conversion cut the deficit to six. The Trojans faced a fourth-and-goal from the 9 in the final minute, but Woodbury came up with his second interception of the game to ice it.
Woodbury had a 20-yard touchdown run, and Xavier Steel added a 1-yard scoring run — both during the second quarter — to give the Eagles a 14-0 halftime lead.
■ The Meadows 36, Laughlin 6 — At Laughlin, Bryson Bickart ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and the Mustangs (2-1, 1-0 Division III Southern) routed the Cougars (0-3, 0-2).
Quarterback Jacob Gleason tossed two touchdown passes for The Meadows, both to Ethan Fridman. The duo connected from 31 yards in the first quarter to put The Meadows on top 13-0 and hooked up in the second quarter for a 23-yard strike.
Jack Berkley added 88 yards rushing for the Mustangs, including a late 75-yard touchdown burst.