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September 1, 2015

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Ryan Beaulieu excites in 49-7 Palo Verde win

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Palo Verde running back Ryan Beaulieu turns upfield against Cheyenne. Palo Verde won the game 49-0.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer take a look around the Las Vegas high school football scene. They give their picks for the upcoming week and discuss the merits of eating orange wedges on long gameday road trips.

Palo Verde junior Ryan Beaulieu is the most dangerous returner in Las Vegas.

He continued to prove it Thursday night in a 49-7 victory over Shadow Ridge. Beaulieu returned a punt for a 73-yard touchdown and took another one 68 yards to the one-yard line. He also had a 100-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a penalty.

“It would have been a national record,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “I would have been calling ESPN.”

When Beaulieu calmed down enough for Palo Verde to run its offense, the Panthers executed to perfection. Sophomore quarterback Parker Rost went 5-for-5 for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Eric South, Lee Griggs and Andrew Simister combined for more than 225 yards and four touchdowns. Jonathan Maxwell and Jacob Witham each returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Palo Verde improved to 6-0 on the season in no small part because of Beaulieu’s continued explosion.

“He was on fire,” Rost said. “He has great vision and the kids set up his blocks well.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or case.keefer@lasvegassun.com. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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