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October 16, 2019

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High School Football Picks: Week 1

Las Vegas Sun sports editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer disagree on the winners in six of the 21 Week 1 high school football games.

Is that too much harmony or not enough discord? Stay tuned to find out, as Brewer and Keefer renew their prognostication rivalry for the eighth-straight year.

Check below for full picks on the Week 1 slate.

The week of August 25

Brewer's Picks
Last Season
144-53 (.730)

Brewer vs. Keefer

Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and
Case Keefer attempt to pick
the winning team from prep contests
across the Las Vegas area.

Keefer's Picks
Last Season
156-41 (.792)

Basic gets the first win of 2017.
Basic 40, Cheyenne 13

Can’t be overstated how impressive Basic’s program-building has been over the last few years.
Basic 51, Cheyenne 24

Saguaro returns its quarterback, top receive and rusher.
Saguaro 39, Liberty 27

Saguaro (Ariz.)

Fear that Liberty will need a game or two to really click.
Saguaro 36, Liberty 28

Gorman is conditioned to play in LV heat; not so much for DeMatha.
Bishop Gorman 27, DeMatha 17

DeMatha (Md.)
Bishop Gorman

You just don’t pick against Bishop Gorman. Period.
Bishop Gorman 38, DeMatha 13

Coronado’s rushing attack, kicker the difference.
Coronado 17, Cimarron-Memorial 12

Spartans could be a surprise team this year.
Cimarron-Memorial 35, Coronado 31

The Warriors’ losing streak is over.
Western 30, Rancho 12

And the Rams’ losing streak is only continuing.
Western 26, Rancho 6

Spring Valley’s new QB Stanton will be tough for Eldorado to contain.
Spring Valley 44, Eldorado 16

Closer than the experts (or at least the one next to me) think.
Spring Valley 28, Eldorado 17

Faith Lutheran doesn’t win this game, but it gets better for local play.
Valor Christian 36, Faith Lutheran 24

Faith Lutheran
Valor Christian (Colo.)

Denver-area power is a little too much for Faith Lutheran this early.
Valor Christian 31, Faith Lutheran 21

It’s going to take a few weeks for Desert Pines’ new lineup to get up to speed.
Bishop Diego 33, Desert Pines 18

Desert Pines
Bishop Diego (Calif.)

Happy that Desert Pines is playing an out of state game, but it might not end well.
Bishop Diego 42, Desert Pines 28

Closer than you think.
Arbor View 30, Las Vegas 28

How could anyone sleep on Arbor View at this point?
Arbor View 38, Las Vegas 16

Don’t forget about Legacy in the race for the Northwest.
Legacy 37, Silverado 9

I must agree — Longhorns primed for a big year.
Legacy 27, Silverado 16

I’m driving the Sierra Vista bandwagon. Can’t get off here.
Sierra Vista 23, Palo Verde 15

Panthers haven’t fallen near as much as some presume.
Palo Verde 30, Sierra Vista 17

I’ll take the team with the more seasoned roster.
Foothill 27, Centennial 23

I’ll take the team with the higher upside.
Centennial 34, Foothill 24

Shadow Ridge has a 300-yard rushing night, Mustangs look sharp.
Shadow Ridge 31, Desert Oasis 0

Mustangs might look as great as they did at the beginning of last season.
Shadow Ridge 49, Desert Oasis 15

I rarely pick a team at Pahrump.
Durango 29, Pahrump Valley 12

Seems like the Trojans pull off a game or two like this every year..
Pahrump Valley 21, Durango 20

Boulder City playing independent schedule to help grow program. Beating Clark a nice first step.
Boulder City 18, Clark 11

This game will come down to the final minutes.
Clark 27, Boulder City 21

Nearly impossible for opposing teams to win in Overton.
Moapa Valley 26, Sunrise Mountain 12

Pirates find a way in a close game.
Moapa Valley 24, Sunrise Mountain 21

Pains me to pick against my Cowboys.
Bonanza 20, Chaparral 19

Bonanza could have a home playoff game? Bonanza could have a home playoff game.
Bonanza 35, Chaparral 31

Flowers rushes for 200 yards for Dragons.
Del Sol 29, Mojave 16

I can’t make up my mind on this one.
Del Sol 21, Mojave 20

Rule of Thumb: Pick Cali team when hosting Nevada school.
St. Augustine 30, Canyon Springs 14

Canyon Springs
St. Augustine (Cali.)

This is one of Canyon Springs’ better teams, but it’s not quite good enough to win an out of state game like this.
St. Augustine 37, Canyon Springs 27

Max Preps ranks El Toro No. 2,822 and GV No. 3,432 in preseason. I’ll go with them.
El Toro 39, Green Valley 30

Green Valley
El Toro (Calif.)

Very tempted to take Green Valley, but El Toro is the safer option.
El Toro 41, Green Valley 35

Chalk one up for the defending Sunrise League champion Bulldogs.
Virgin Valley 22, Canyon View 18

Canyon View (Utah)
Virgin Valley

Virgin Valley will have another great season, but this is a tough opening task.
Canyon View 28, Virgin Valley 20

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