Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 | 11:36 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer engage in a wide-ranging high school football conversation. In addition to their usual recap and upcoming picks, they discuss the area's best kickers.
The only thing Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper asks for out of his team is to get better each week.
He thinks the Pioneers have done that, as they improved 2-2 on the year with a 56-6 victory over Chaparral on Friday night.
“I know what to expect out of my kids,” Cooper said. “They played well. They didn’t give up too much and did some good things.”
That’s because Cooper decided to give D.J. Pumphrey some rest after he eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark and had two touchdowns in the first half.
“He could have had 300 yards tonight,” Cooper said. “But I wanted to get some young kids in there.”
Cooper said he was also impressed with his offensive line play and the continued development of quarterback Kevion Glenn.
Glenn racked up yards through the air and on his feet. Most important to Cooper, however, was that Glenn didn’t turn the ball over.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert