One of last years power houses in High School Football was the Palo Verde Panthers, this year is a different story. Today the Panthers are 1-3 at home facing the Canyon Springs Pioneers 2-0. The Pioneers are coming off two big wins over Foothill and Cheyenne with a combined offense score of 89 points and only giving up 14 points.
As luck would have it, if you call it that. Palo Verde turns the ball over on a fumble and it does not take long for Canyon Springs running back Rayshawn Henderson to push through the line for a 1yard touchdown. At this point it looked like it was going to be a long game and a longer season for Palo Verde.
Palo Verde senior #4 Lee Griggs gets the call and rushes in for a touchdown to tie the game. Canyon Springs controlled the ball and most of the remaning time with an eight minute drive resulting in a touchdown by #23 Eric Willams with 2:23 before the half.
It took only 20 seconds for Palo Verde to respond with an 80-yard touchdown carry by Lee Griggs. The Pioneers put pressure on the kicker and the Panthers miss the extra point. With just 2 minutes to go in the half, Palo Verde defensive back Calvin Beaulieu grabs an interception on their own 25-yard line. A few drives later setup Panthers kicker Tom Randall with a 27-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 16 - 14 lead into the half.
Into the second half, Canyon Springs is facing a 4th and 2 situation, deciding not to punt they complete the play and get a first down. With a new set of downs, Pioneer #5 Donnel Pumphrey scores a long touchdown, giving the lead back to Canyon Springs. Palo Verde finds themselfs deep in their own territory on the 4-yard line, that's when Panther running back Ryan Beaulieu breaks a tackle and runs 96-yards for a Panther touchdown.
Palo Verde converts the 2pt conversion and now leads 24 - 21.
With just a few minutes left in the game, the Pioneers drive down the field and get a first and goal. The Panthers defense steps up and stops the Pioneers from moving any closer. As fourth and goal comes up, the Pioneers decide not to kick the field goal and tie but go for the win. 4th and goal, the snap, players moving around, with the ball now in the air, Palo Verde #4 Lee Griggs jumps up and comes down with the interception giving the game to Palo Verde 24 - 21.
Next week for both teams: Canyon Springs @ Liberty, Shadow Ridge @ Palo Verde
At the game between UNLV Rebels and Colorado State Rams, the halloween spirit and the unlv support was high. Quarterback Sean Reilly marched the Rebels right down the field until the drive stalled on the 15. A costly taunting penalty pushed them back 15 causing them to have to settle for a field goal. The rebels put a stop to Colorado's first drive and force them to punt the ball. On the next play Sean Reilly throws an interception right to the Rams. Drew Reilly quickly takes the ball into the end zone scoring 7 for the Rams. Next, the Rams kick the ball back to Deante Purvis of the Rebels. After the Rebels stop another drive by the Rams, they get the ball back and drive it down to the Ram 7. On the preceding 3rd down play Bradley Randle slips down making it 4th and goal. Bobby Hauck decides to drive to drive the ball into touchdown instead of settling for a sure 3 points. Quarterback keeper by Caleb Herring ends in failure. The ball is turned over by downs to the Rams on their own 2 yard line. Colorado's Chris Nwoke takes the next play up the middle for a quick first down. Next a complete pass to the Rams wide receiver Lou Greenwood for another 7 yards. On the next play, a reverse, the Rams take it down the field for a 38 yard run until John Lotulelei delivers a shot on the Rams running back. Finally the Rams try to pass the ball into the end zone for another score but BJ Bell has other plans and knocks the ball away. The Rams are forced to settle for a field goal. The Rams stop the Rebels on their next possession and score a field goal. Again the rams stop the Rebels, they get the ball back and score another 3 points. After receiving the ball, Randall returns it 40 yards. The Rams again stuff the Rebels forcing them to punt. The Rebels punt the ball to Colorado State which they muff and the Rebels recover it on the Colorado 11 with 51 seconds left in the half. Quickly Herring tosses the ball up to Philip Payne and with the touchdown catch Payne matches the all time UNLV touchdown receiving record. Halftime....
Colorado State gets the ball starting the second half. They march the ball right up the field on the Rebels. Rams put 7 on the board to start the half. On UNLV's first possession of the 2nd half results in a punt. After the Rams get the ball back the move down the field, the drive stalls and they have to settle for a field goal. The attempt goes up but the ball hits the upright and bounces harmlessly to the side UNLV survives. UNLV gets the ball and rolls down the field. The Rebels complete a pass to Payne in the end zone to give him the all time UNLV receiving touchdown record. UNLV stops Colorado State getting the ball back again. Dionza Bradford rumbles stumbles into the end zone. The rebels put up another 7 points. UNLV kicks the ball off to the Rams who receive it. Colorado State takes the ball down the field and score with 7 minutes and 39 seconds on the clock. The rebels leading 31-28. Colorado State stops UNLV to get the ball back. They fumble the ball it goes back to the Rebels with 5 plus minutes left in the game. UNLV lines up to kick a field goal. It's blocked Colorado State picks up the ball and rumble down the field to the Rebels 5 yard line. The ball is handed off to the Rams Nwoke he scores. The Rams go up on the Rebels 35-31. UNLV gets the ball back and quickly moves down the field. Herring takes the ball in for another touchdown, Quarterback keeper. Rebels now up 38-35. Rams have one last chance. They get the ball down deep into Rebels territory. Colorado State Quarter back takes the snap moves back, steps back up into the pocket he's going down in the arms of a Rebel defender, slings the ball right into the arms of UNLV linebacker. Game Over.
The final games of the Las Vegas prep sports football teams will fall on Thursday. The games have been moved to Thursday in honor of Nevada Day. If you want to head out and enjoy some High School gridiron action. I have a few games that might prove to be interesting. First the battle of the undefeated, Canyon Springs Pioneers travel to the den of the Las Vegas Wildcats. These teams are preparing to do battle and plan to leave it all on the field. Neither of them want to end regular season with a loss. However, one of them will go home losers. Second, we have the Big orange giants of Bishop Gorman ready to defend their record against the 6-1 Bonanza Bengals. This match up should prove to be compelling. Although after seeing the Gaels run through the Aggies last week, I don't know if the Bengals will bring enough to take a bite out of the Mighty Bishop Gorman Gaels. Finally, 5-0 Liberty Patriots will take to task the 4-1 Foothills Falcons. The musket carrying Patriots will surely have their high powered offense and defense primed and ready to try to shoot the Falcons out of the sky.
Canyon Springs at Las Vegas @ 7:00pm
Bonanza at Bishop Gorman @ 7:00pm
Liberty at Foothills @ 7:00pm
The Vegas Kings, a minor league football team based in Las Vegas, has not been present or accounted for this season in the Labelle Community Football League. The Kings provided the Las Vegas with plenty of exciting moments as they played with heart, speed and persistance. Even though our team has not been present, The Labelle Football League has proceeded and are at the midpoint of their season. We can only hope that the Kings will be back better than ever for next years kickoff.