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July 16, 2019

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High School Football Picks: Week 1

Welcome to the ninth year of the annual high school football picks competition between Ray Brewer and Case Keefer.

The two Las Vegas Sun sports editors will typically post their prognostications every Monday afternoon. For the first time in history, they wound up with the same record last season with both finishing the year at 118-31 for a success rate of just less than 80 percent.

Can one of the two get out to an early lead this year?

Read below for their complete slate of week 1 picks, and make sure to check out the top 10 headed into the season.

The week of August 17

Brewer's Picks
Last Season
118-31 (.792)

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
118-31 (.792)

The Aggies’ 12th man (the heat) is the difference.
Arbor View 22, Valley View (Calif.) 16

Valley View (Calif.)
Arbor View

Arbor View are too well-coached, disciplined to succumb to opening-night jitters.
Arbor View 27, Valley View 17

Sierra Vista pulls away late, setting stage for another winning season.
Sierra Vista 32, Centennial 20

It won’t be easy, but the Mountain Lions are too talented not to find a way to win.
Sierra Vista 36, Centennial 31

Cimarron too big, physical up front.
Cimarron 29, Cheyenne 17

New-look Desert Shields sneak past the Spartans.
Cheyenne 22, Cimarron-Memorial 16

Chalk one up for the 3A classification.
Del Sol 36, Desert Oasis 31

Things are ever-so-slightly looking up for the Diamondbacks this season.
Desert Oasis 41, Del Sol 30

Closer than you think.
Green Valley 21, Moapa Valley 20

Gators’ depth will be the difference.
Green Valley 34, Moapa Valley 21

Say after me, “The Bone stays home.”
Las Vegas 51, Rancho 0

Big-time rivalry game in mid-August? *Holding chin emoji*
Las Vegas 36, Rancho 6

Fact: Shadow Ridge has scored on the first play of the season the past two years.
Shadow Ridge 40, Mojave 8

Mustangs start another season fast.
Shadow Ridge 56, Mojave 14

Brewer’s theory: Take the best player on the field in Valley’s Bryce Jones.
Valley 19, Bonanza 17

Keefer’s theory: Football is not a one-player game.
Bonanza 27, Valley 7

Anyone have a coin?
Clark 24, Virgin Valley 19

Not picking against the Bulldogs in Mesquite.
Virgin Valley 24, Clark 13

Tough travel for Trojans to open the season.
Lowry 16, Pahrump Valley 12

Pahrump Valley

Buckaroos toss aside the Trojans.
Lowry 27, Pahrump Valley 13

San Diego went 12-1 last year and returns its starting tailback.
San Diego 41, Spring Valley 16

San Diego (Calif.)
Spring Valley

Grizzlies keep it close for a while, but ultimately can’t stay with Cavers.
San Diego 38, Spring Valley 23

Another Brewer theory: In a California-Nevada showdown, always take the California team at home.
Burroughs 35, Legacy 21

Burroughs (Calif.)

Longhorns are dangerous this season, and the Burroughs Burros? That’s really the name?
Legacy 28, Burroughs 24

Wolves start slow, finish strong to flash potential.
Basic 33, Durango 15

Wolves are in store for a bounce back year.
Basic 41, Durango 21

For more coverage, check out our high school football section.

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