Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 | 2 a.m.
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 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.
The Aggies’ 12th man (the heat) is the difference.
Arbor View 22, Valley View (Calif.) 16
Valley View (Calif.)
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
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.)
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
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
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