Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 | 1:43 a.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer try to contain their excitement for the start of the football season enough to get through the first slate of games. They also discuss the two defending state champions, Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran.
The first full week of high school football games in Southern Nevada certainly features some interesting matchups.
Palo Verde visits Centennial in a battle of old Northwest League rivals. Both teams are ranked in the Sun’s preseason top 10 and each has talented players in multiple positions. It could be a slugfest.
While it is expected to be one of the more closely contested games of the night, it’s not the best rivalry.
That honors goes to the “Cleat Game” between Chaparral and visiting Eldorado. It’s been played since the 1970s and one of those games players wait all year to be part of. Both teams have suffered through long playoff droughts, giving the game added significance because it could be the lone bright spot to the season.
Another game of interest is four-time defending state champion Liberty opening its season at Basic. Liberty hasn’t lost to a Sunrise opponent in more than four seasons.
Other games appearing to be evenly matched include: Del Sol at Valley, Bonanza at Pahrump Valley, Clark at Boulder City, and Cheyenne at Cimarron-Memorial in the Duel of the Desert.
A handful of local teams have out-of-state games this week.
All eyes again will be on five-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman. The Gaels will put their No. 1 national ranking on the line at Servite California in Anaheim, which is also nationally ranked and has one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Early reports project more than 20,000 at the game, which will be televised by Prime Ticket.
Two others have games today in Southern California — Rancho at Calabasas (Calif.), Green Valley at Charter Oak. Saturday, Faith Lutheran and Mojave will play against Idaho schools during an event at Idaho State.
They’re all trying to equal Coronado. The Cougars opened their season Thursday with a 41-26 win at Huntington Beach, Calif. They trailed 13-0 after six minutes, but scored 27 unanswered points to take the lead for good.
We’ll keep you posted all night. Send us game scores, updates and photos on Twitter using the hashtag at #sunstandout.
Let the games begin!
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