With new assistant coach Randall Cunningham standing on the sidelines Friday, Silverado expected to win its season opener with a potent offense.
Instead, the ninth-ranked Skyhawks used defensive muscle to cruise to a 28-0 road victory over Desert Oasis.
Silverado dominated, holding the Diamondbacks to 48 yards while forcing two turnovers.
“We’ve got a pretty well-rounded defense,” said Skyhawks head coach Andy Ostolaza. “We’ve got some big kids that take up space in the middle, and we had some good gang tackles tonight.”
Cunningham, the former UNLV and NFL quarterback, provided the Skyhawks with a new look in his first game as offensive coordinator, keeping the Diamondbacks on the defensive with an effective combination of running and pass plays.
“We were able to throw the ball,” said Ostolaza, whose past teams have relied on the run. “That’s a good thing. And we were able to run some formations we’ve never run before.”
Izaiah Thurmon got Silverado on the board early, capping a seven-play, 65-yard opening drive with a 9-yard run. He scored on a 1-yard plunge later in the quarter to make it 14-0.
Steven Scamorza intercepted a Trevon Barnes pass late in the second quarter, then scored moments later on a 1-yard run.
Though Silverado starting quarterback Savon Moniz was injured late in the second quarter, Garren Albright came off the bench to complete 7 of 9 passes for 83 yards. He threw an 18-yard TD pass to Thurfus Jessie late in the third.
Ostolaza downplayed the significance of the victory.
“It wasn’t a league game,” he said. “But we got the win, and it’s obviously good to start off on a high note.”
Thurmon led the Silverado ground attack with 100 yards on 15 carries.
Chaunci Heatley rushed 12 times for 28 yards to lead the Diamondbacks (1-1).
■ Las Vegas 49, Snow Canyon (Utah) 7 — At St. George, Utah, Hasaan Henderson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 3 Wildcats (2-0) blitzed the Warriors (0-3).
Henderson, who completed 7 of 14 passes for 160 yards, threw a 10-yard TD to Marquan Major in the first quarter and a 19-yarder to Cameron Rogers in the second for a 14-0 lead.
In the third, Henderson scored on a 9-yard run, Farrell Victor ran for a 2-yard TD and Andrew Gaston returned a fumble 92 yards for a score.
Rem Davidson recovered a teammate’s fumble and ran 78 yards for a TD in the fourth.
■ Foothill 53, Chaparral 20 — At Foothill, the No. 8 Falcons (2-0) scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and coasted past the Cowboys (0-2).
Senior Connor Afoa ran for a 97-yard touchdown and finished with 113 on four carries to spark Foothill’s 330-yard ground game Afoa also scored on a 38-yard interception return and 68-yard punt return.
Falcons quarterback Parker Riggin completed 5 of 6 passes for three touchdowns, including two to Kyle Keplinger for 15 and 29 yards.
Chaparral’s Zachary Luciano passed for 215 yards, with Toure Williams making three catches for 135 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown. Antonio Thomas scored on a 77-yard kickoff return.
— Rishi Daulat
■ Centennial 19, Green Valley 13 — At Green Valley, the No. 10 Bulldogs (2-0) scored two third-quarter touchdowns to rally past the Gators (0-2).
Centennial dominated the second half, holding the ball for more than 17 minutes, outgaining Green Valley 240-59 and limiting the Gators to 9 yards rushing. Willie White scored on a 2-yard run and Cody Clark threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Najeem Popal.
Aaron Love, who led the Gators with 129 yards on 16 carries, ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Centennial’s Taj Cole raced 73 yards for a tying score.
Less than a minute later, Love put Green Valley back ahead with a 67-yard run.
Cole gained 165 yards on 18 carries and Centennial finished with 443 total yards.
— Sam Leeper
■ Rancho 32, Sierra Vista 0 — At Sierra Vista, Will Gosse-Gardet rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 5 yards and threw a 50-yard TD pass to Bryson Mitchell to guide the Rams (1-1) past the Mountain Lions (0-2).
Gosse-Gardet completed 14 of 22 passes for 268 yards as the Rams racked up 444.
Cody Hafen (95 yards on eight carries) scored on a 51-yard option pitch, shedding a final tackler with a stiff-arm.
Jason Ferrell scored on a 2-yard run, aided by a 53-yard screen play to Hafen.
— Brennan Karle
■ Eldorado 32, Coronado 19 — At Eldorado, JaQuorrey Williams passed for 130 yards, rushed for 115 and scored twice, carrying the Sundevils (2-0) past the Cougars (0-2).
Williams rushed for TDs from 1 and 2 yards. Keith Van Orden caught three passes for 52 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown, and returned a fumble 44 yards for a score.
Coronado’s Austin Iannucci threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Christopher Johnson had 74 yards receiving, with a 7-yard touchdown.
— Brandon Donnelly
■ Western 14, Sunrise Mountain 7 — At Sunrise Mountain, Tadarrel Mason rushed for 143 yards on 18 carries, including a go-ahead 6-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors beat the Miners in both teams’ opener.
Western trailed 7-2 at halftime, but rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth. Allen Davis added a 7-yard score and had 41 yards on 10 carries.
Damarcus McCullum gave Sunrise Mountain a 7-0 lead with a 65-yard run.
— Matthew Hagan
■ Arbor View 50, Valley 14 — At Arbor View, Roderick Eason rushed for 110 yards and two TDs in the first half when the Aggies (2-0) took a 33-0 lead and rolled over the Vikings (0-2).
Eason scored on runs of 24 yards on fourth down and 72 yards to end the half.
Arbor View finished with 335 yards rushing, with Donnie Gaskin gaining 81 and scoring on runs of 7 and 17 yards. Alec Key returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
Valley’s Royce Finley scored on an 88-yard kickoff return and a 5-yard pass from Anthony Sanders, who was 9 of 12 for 100 yards.
— Adam Berchin
■ Mountain View 36, Pahrump Valley 25 — At Pahrump, T.J. Engel threw an 12-yard touchdown pass to Justyn Anderson in the third quarter, then directed a 97-yard, 17-play scoring drive as the Class 2A Saints (1-1) beat the Class 4A Trojans (0-1).
Anderson’s touchdown gave the Saints a 30-25 lead. Following a 70-yard punt by Pahrump’s Carlos Sawtelle to the Mountain View 3, Engel guided a drive capped by Elijah Armstrong’s 9-yard run with 10:39 to play.
Engel finished with 107 yards on 21 carries and 182 yards passing on 10-of-16 accuracy.
Pahrump Valley erupted for three second-quarter touchdowns and led 25-24 at the half.
— Don McDermott
■ Cedar (Utah) 45, Virgin Valley 20 — At Mesquite, Humberto Urias completed 19 of 33 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (1-1) lost to the Redmen (3-0).
Daniel Gleave had 89 yards and two touchdowns for Virgin Valley, and Colton Jensen compiled 115 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
■ Boulder City 21, Mohave (Ariz.) 15 — At Bullhead City, Ariz., Frankie Badgely had touchdown runs of 4 and 70 yards as the Eagles (1-1) scored 21 points in the second quarter and then held off Mohave.
Boulder City’s Matt Combs (6 of 8, 131 yards) hit Sean Bird on a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0. Combs also had 70 yards on 13 carries.
■ Mojave (Calif.) 57, The Meadows 6 — At Mojave, Calif., the Mustangs opened with a loss, getting only a 67-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Gosse to Max Newman.
Gosse completed 8 of 21 passes, with Newman catching six for 100 yards. Torrey Mayes ran for 26 yards on 11 carries.
■ Sandy Valley 24, Baker (Calif.) 0 — At Sandy Valley, Randal Spencer rushed for two touchdowns and the Sidewinders opened by blanking the Braves.
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