Silverado High quarterback Trenten Tipton rarely puts the ball in the air, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hurt his opponents.
Tipton did what he does best Thursday night, running the ball 13 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns to lead sixth-ranked Silverado to a 29-22 road victory over No. 10 Desert Pines.
“Everyone talks about our running backs because we don’t throw the ball,” Silverado coach Andy Ostolaza said. “But we knew Trenten was going to be the X-factor. He’s just such a great athlete.”
Tipton, who scored the winning touchdown on a 71-yard run with 9:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, was quick to share the credit.
“It was mainly the (offensive) line,” he said. “And the coaches called the plays. We just ran them.”
The Jaguars jumped to an early lead when Eric Tuiloma’s 54-yard run set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Chancellor Davis to make it 7-0 in the final minute of the first quarter.
But the Skyhawks answered quickly, going ahead 14-7 on 1- and 48-yard TD runs by Tipton midway through the second quarter.
Tipton, who threw only two passes all night, made his only completion count when he connected with Ladale Jackson for a 41-yard TD late in the first half to extend Silverado’s lead to 21-7.
But Dalton Leilua needed just three plays to get Desert Pines back on the board, making it 21-14 at halftime with a 60-yard pass to Tuiloma.
Momentum continued to favor the Jaguars in the third, as they blocked a punt for a safety early in the quarter before taking a 22-21 lead on a 40-yard bomb from Leilua to Noel Darden.
Ostolaza said he worried his squad would be unable to fight back.
“My heart dropped when we had the bad snap on the (blocked) punt,” he said. “That was our mistake. Our mental error let (the Jaguars) get back into it.”
But Tipton broke down the left sideline for his final TD less than a minute later, and Silverado forced a safety late in the quarter to put the game away. Terran Madu-Jules rushed 17 times for 60 yards to help the Skyhawks (3-0).
Davis led Desert Pines (2-2), carrying 14 times for 101 yards.
• Liberty 21, Canyon Springs 13 — At Liberty, the Patriots (2-1) took advantage of four turnovers and made two strong defensive stands in the fourth quarter to hold off the Pioneers (1-1).
Canyon Springs’ Kendrick Dilworth intercepted Samuel Tai on a tipped screen pass, and a personal foul gave the Pioneers the ball at the Liberty 13-yard line with 6:30 to play. The Patriots’ defense held, pushing Canyon Springs back 17 yards before ending the threat on an interception by D.J. Warren at the Liberty 5-yard line.
The Patriots took control of a 7-7 game by turning a pair of Pioneers turnovers into touchdowns within eight minutes
— Adam Candee
• Bishop Gorman 62, Sierra Vista 6 — At Sierra Vista, Victor Belen scored four rushing touchdowns as the Gaels routed the Mountain Lions.
Sierra Vista led 6-0 before Gorman scored 62 consecutive points.
Belen scored on runs of 7, 24, 19 and 17 yards and finished with 91 rushing yards on six carries. Shaquille Powell rushed for 82 yards and two scores and also had 44 yards receiving for second-ranked Gorman (4-0, 3-0 Southwest).
The Gaels outgained Sierra Vista (0-4, 0-3 Southwest) 461-171.
Taylor Spencer closed the first half with a 65-yard interception return for a score, and Xavier Grimble hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Solomon on the opening drive of the third quarter for Gorman.
— Tim Guesman
• Del Sol 33, Las Vegas 28 — At Las Vegas, Wildcats quarterback Hasaan Henderson was intercepted by Dezerick Reed on the game’s final play as the Dragons (3-0) held on to stun the fourth-ranked Wildcats (2-1).
No. 9 Del Sol led 33-6, but Las Vegas responded with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull within five points.
The Wildcats’ final possession started at their 28 with 3:32 remaining. Henderson drove them to the Del Sol 20 but faced a fourth-and-6. The sophomore looked for Saeveon Butler, but Reed picked off the pass as time expired.
Troy Miller threw three touchdown passes for Del Sol, including two to Evan Weinstock.
Henderson scored on runs of 1 yard, 6 yards and 46 yards.
— Sam Leeper
• Desert Oasis 42, Bonanza 34 — At Bonanza, Elijah Mitchell scored three times in the third quarter to break a 21-21 halftime tie and lead the Diamondbacks (2-1, 1-1 Southwest) over the Bengals (2-2, 2-1 Southwest).
Mitchell’s first score came on a 46-yard pass from Brennen Stott on the second play of the second half after the team recovered an onside kick.
Stott connected with Mitchell for a 20-yard score later in the quarter, and Mitchell ran back an interception 55 yards on the last play of the quarter for his third score.
Ronald Hunt had 187 yards and two scores on 19 carries to lead Desert Oasis’ ground attack.
Sterling Sprau threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Bonanza.
— Kevin Klein
• Centennial 28, Shadow RIdge 19 — At Centennial, Chris Henderson led a balanced attack, throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 84 yards and another score to propel the Bulldogs past the Mustangs.
Centennial (2-2, 2-1 Northwest) scored on an 88-yard opening drive capped by Willie White’s 1-yard TD plunge.
Shadow Ridge (0-3, 0-2) answered quickly when Nick McDearmon found Cameron Raynor for a 13-yard touchdown.
Henderson scored on a 7-yard run midway through the second quarter and tossed a short screen pass to Steven Wicker, who outran the defense for an 85-yard touchdown as time expired in the first half.
The Mustangs battled back to cut the lead to 21-19 in the third quarter behind touchdown runs of 65 yards and 1 yard by Zak Hill, who finished with 189 yards rushing.
Shadow Ridge had the ball with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter when Joshua Symonette made a tackle for loss on fourth-and-1.
Six plays later, Henderson connected with Robert Holley for a 21-yard TD pass to put the game out of reach.
— Adam Berchin
• Spring Valley 35, Western 6 — At Spring Valley, the Grizzlies (3-1, 3-0 Southwest) racked up 291 yards on the ground en route to the easy win.
Spring Valley’s Taj Allen rushed for 100 yards, including a 46-yard TD run.
Anton Stallworth passed for 126 yards, including a 16-yard TD pass to Brandon Lopez. Lopez added a 19-yard TD run, and Stallworth also rushed 50 yards for a touchdown.
Dante Warren passed for 50 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown to Timothy Agustus in the fourth quarter, to lead Western (1-2, 1-1).
— Brian Danise
• Basic 28, Eldorado 7 — At Eldorado, the Wolves (3-0) rushed for 350 yards and posted 468 yards of offense to top the Sundevils (0-3).
Basic quarterback Tyler Dobbins rushed for 85 yards, including a 12-yard TD run, on just eight carries. He also completed 11 of 21 passes for 114 yards.
Quinn Richardson added TD runs of 5 yards, 1 yard and 1 yard, and Edward Villaros had 62 yards on nine carries.
— Nolan Lister
• Green Valley 45, Chaparral 20 — At Green Valley, the Gators (2-1) overcame an early 14-0 deficit to down the Cowboys (0-3).
Green Valley scored 45 consecutive points, including four second-quarter TDs, to take control.
Aaron Love rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on nine carries to lead the Green Valley offense. Gators quarterback Paul McKay completed 7 of 8 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown and also had a 6-yard TD run.
Bre onta Griffin led Chaparral with 78 rushing yards, including a 15-yard TD run. His 34-yard TD pass to Malcolm McMurray gave the Cowboys a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
— Sage Sammons
• Cheyenne 38, Faith Lutheran 21 — At Faith Lutheran, Kody Stahl and Jordan Butler combined for 311 yards of offense to lead the Desert Shields (2-2, 2-1 Northwest) over the Crusaders (0-3, 0-3).
Butler rushed for 172 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown. He also caught three passes for 35 yards and a score.
Stahl passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Faith Lutheran quarterback Don Pearson rushed for two touchdowns, and John Cartier added a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
— Jennifer Miller
• Durango 43, Clark 26 — At Clark, Julio Mora rushed for 163 yards, including touchdown runs of 20 yards, 13 yards and 1 yard, as the Trailblazers (3-1, 2-1 Southwest) beat the Chargers (0-3, 1-3).
Durango’s Michael Mehling had 80 yards and two TDs on six carries.
Andre Clay rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead Clark.
— Brennan Karle
• Foothill 37, Rancho 0 — At Foothill, Connor Afoa returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and the Falcons (1-1) cruised past the Rams (0-3).
Foothill took a 9-0 lead on a safety late in the first quarter. Afoa ran back the ensuing free kick 63 yards for a 16-0 lead, and the Falcons were never threatened.
The Foothill defense held Rancho (0-3) to 78 total yards, and the Falcons’ offense accumulated 260 total yards.
— Vincent Hernandez
• Mojave 14, Pahrump Valley 7 — At Mojave, sophomore Clarence Prophet rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to lead the Rattlers (1-2) over the Trojans (0-3).
Prophet’s 8-yard TD run in the second quarter helped Mojave take a 14-0 lead at the half.
Pahrump cut the lead to 14-7 on a 1-yard run by Kenneth Sager but could get no closer.
— Ricky Campbell
• Coronado 27, Valley 26 — At Valley, the Cougars (2-0) held the Vikings (0-3) to 82 yards in the second half to secure the victory.
Valley’s Garic Wharton had TD runs of 77, 74, and 48 yards, finishing with 230 yards on 11 carries, as the Vikings took a 20-7 lead at the half.
Coronado’s Matthew Chavarria came up with a sack with 48 seconds left to help secure the win.
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