Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 | 1:30 p.m.
Think of week 1 as a soft opening to the high school football season. Week 2 is where the year truly begins.
Eighteen games are on the schedule for this Friday, including a handful pitting Southern Nevada teams against out-of-state opponents. There are plenty of opportunities for disagreement between Las Vegas Sun editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer, who are facing off in their annual competition picking every game.
Read below to find their full week 2 picks and check the high school football page for more coverage.
The week of September 24
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 Jersey Game returns! And stays another year at Palo Verde.
Palo Verde 42, Mojave 12
So, since Mojave has never won in the series, is it just a Palo Verde jersey?
Palo Verde 35, Mojave 0
Mater Dei, the defending national champions, are still loaded.
Mater Dei 34, Bishop Gorman 23
Mater Dei (Calif.)
Gaels endure a few growing pains against a tough opponent.
Mater Dei 27, Bishop Gorman 13
Liberty makes a statement.
Liberty 35, Saguaro 10
Game goes down to the final minute.
Saguaro 21, Liberty 20
This game goes down to the wire, just like last season's meeting.
Valor Christian 32, Faith Lutheran 30
Valor Christian (Colo.)
Crusaders are a little rusty to the start the year, and rustiness can't work against the Eagles.
Valor Christian 38, Faith Lutheran 27
Democracy Prep won't pull off the upset this week.
Moapa Valley 29, Democracy Prep 12
Moapa Valley is 0-1, but has a chance to not lose again this season.
Moapa Valley 34, Democracy Prep 14
Chalk one up for the Skyhawks.
Silverado 31, Bonanza 16
Silverado's size wins out in the end.
Silverado 26, Bonanza 21
Always take the California team at home against a Las Vegas opponent.
Valencia 31, Arbor View 19
Kyle Graham and Arbor View are scary good this year.
Arbor View 27, Valencia 24
Awesome scheduling by Eldorado to give kids experience of California.
Mission Bay 30, Eldorado 6
Mission Bay (Calif.)
Buccaneers plunder the Sundevils.
Mission Bay 45, Eldorado 7
Longhorns are the real deal.
Legacy 41, Dixie 22
I'm in total agreement with Brewer on Legacy.
Legacy 36, Dixie 31
Centennial won't rally this week.
Green Valley 31, Centennial 18
Gators keep rolling.
Green Valley 35, Centennial 21
If Foothill can manage travel, it will win opener.
Foothill 20, Galena 8
Falcons are set up for big things this season.
Foothill 26, Galena 17
Desert Pines pulls away in second half.
Desert Pines 25, Durango 13
Desert Pines lights it up in debut.
Desert Pines 41, Durango 28
Rancho has one game under its belt. That's huge in an evenly-matched game.
Rancho 19, Western 17
Warriors top Rams for second straight season.
Western 21, Rancho 14
Boulder City can't slow down the Cheyenne offense.
Cheyenne 40, Boulder City 10
Boulder City actually does slow down Cheyenne's offense, but not quite enough.
Cheyenne 27, Boulder City 21
Confession: I know very little about Sunrise Mountain.
Del Sol 23, Sunrise Mountain 16
Miners pick up where they left off after best season in school history last year.
Sunrise Mountain 34, Del Sol 26
DO goes from 13-game losing streak to two straight wins.
Desert Oasis 41, Valley 20
Christian Vaughn might be the leading rusher in the state after two weeks.
Desert Oasis 48, Valley 20
I haven't lost confidence in Cimarron.
Cimarron-Memorial 19, Coronado 13
Can't see anything less than Coronado's best effort off of a stunning loss.
Coronado 24, Cimarron-Memorial 20
Rule of thumb: Always take the Trojans at home.
Pahrump Valley 20, Virgin Valley 18
Don't underestimate the consistency Virgin Valley has fostered the last couple years.
Virgin Valley 27, Pahrump Valley 23
This loss will make Mustangs better in October.
Highland 34, Shadow Ridge 19
Rams are a regional power, so this looks like a tough task for the Mustangs.
Highland 42, Shadow Ridge 20
For more coverage, check out our high school football section.