Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 | 4 p.m.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 will have another great season, but this is a tough opening task.
Canyon View 28, Virgin Valley 20
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