Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 | 10:43 p.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back with their weekly look at high school football. In this episode, they debate how to rank Arbor View, Palo Verde, Green Valley and Liberty.
The Legacy High football team on Thursday night pulled off the biggest upset of the season.
And, even though it’s still September, the Longhorns’ effort against No. 2 ranked Arbor View in the “Battle of the Bulls” game likely won’t be matched.
Junior running back DeMichael Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:36 to play in the third quarter, and the Longhorns’ defense did the rest in a 7-0 victory.
Host Arbor VIew (2-1) was considered by some as the Las Vegas area’s top team behind four-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman. Legacy was ranked No. 9 and gave up more than 40 points two weeks ago in losing to Palo Verde.
Thursday, that same defense recorded a shutout against a quality opponent. They recovered a three fumbles, including two in the first half to halt Arbor View drives and slowly steal the game’s momentum.
Leading 7-0 early in the fourth quarter, Legacy recovered its third fumble inside its 20-yard line on a fourth-down play. The Longhorns proceeded to run more than six minutes off the clock with its ground attack, using the steady-running senior Casey Hughes and Walker to drain the clock.
When Legacy (3-1) punted the ball away, just one minute remained in the game.
Needing to go nearly 90 yards for the game-tying score, Arbor View quarterback Andrew Cornwell was sacked three straight times to end the game. Nieamiah Lane and Zach Lugris had sacks for Legacy.
Hughes, a state-champion sprinter with major Division I scholarship offers in football and track, led Legacy with nearly 100 yards rushing. But he was far from the lone standout.
The Longhorns defense, which forced four turnovers in a victory last week against Mojave, again rose to the occasion. Lugris on the defensive line, Damian Robinson-Stallings at linebacker and others stole the show.