Published Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 | 7:45 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 | 1:53 a.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look ahead to another week of high school football and detail why the Northwest division appears to be the strongest in town. Palo Verde, Arbor View, Centennial, Cimarron and Cheyenne have all looked impressive in the early season.
It’s just the third week of the high school football season, yet some teams are starting to show they have what it takes to make deep playoff runs.
In the Sun’s game of the week Friday, Arbor View hosts Centennial in a crucial Northwest Division battle of two teams that won playoff games last year. Both are expected to be back in the thick of the postseason.
Perennial powers Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde highs are also in action Friday and expected to win by multiple touchdowns. Two-time defending state champion Gorman plays a Southwest Division game against a host Durango team not at full strength, meaning the Gaels could duplicate last week’s 54-0 victory against Desert Oasis.
Palo Verde, which beat league rival Arbor View last week, plays at Mojave in a battle of two schools that opened together in 1996 but have went in opposite directions. Palo Verde is one of the state’s best programs and Mojave has only made one playoff appearance. Additionally, Mojave has never beat Palo Verde.
Foothill has opened with two wins and plays at Desert Oasis tonight in its final tune-up before Southeast Division play. The Falcons have won playoff games in each of the last two seasons and appear ready to continue the streak.
Check back all night as the games go final. There aren’t many marquee games on tonight’s slate, but one the beauties of high school football are anything can happen on any given night. That’s why they play the games.