Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.
The march to the playoffs starts now.
League play gets under way in most Southern Nevada high school football divisions this week. The first month of the season brought its share of thrills and memorable moments, but the games really start to matter in week 6.
Read below to find our picks on every game.
The week of September 21
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.
Another running clock game on Thursday Night Lights.
Foothill 41, Eldorado 0
Foothill is primetime programming.
Foothill 38, Eldorado 7
The Three Stripe Life Bowl is closer than you think.
Liberty 26, Desert Pines 23
If Liberty comes out of its bye week healthy and refreshed, the Patriots will be fine.
Liberty 28, Desert Pines 16
If you want to see how failed realignment works, here's another example.
Arbor View 50, Bonanza 0
Aggies' defense will overwhelm Bengals.
Arbor View 45, Bonanza 6
Sierra Vista is the second best 1-win team in Las Vegas.
Sierra Vista 22, Desert Oasis 13
Desert Oasis' undefeated start to the season comes to an end.
Sierra Vista 34, Desert Oasis 14
Durango defends its home turf, wins league opener.
Durango 31, Silverado 25
In a close game, can't pick against Trailblazers' playmaker Jayden Nersinger.
Durango 21, Silverado 20
Anyone have a coin?
Spring Valley 19, Clark 17
No coins required for Grizzlies.
Spring Valley 27, Clark 21
Chalk one up for the Pirates.
Moapa Valley 50, Rancho 0
Only question is which Pirates running back will stand out this week.
Moapa Valley 56, Rancho 6
All those games against ranked teams will pay off this week for Faith.
Faith Lutheran 33, CImarron-Memorial 15
Can we skip ahead to Faith Lutheran at Arbor View next week?
Faith Lutheran 40, Cimarron-Memorial 14
Which running game is better? I'll take Thomas and the Panthers.
Palo Verde 28, Shadow Ridge 24
Shadow Ridge has impressed me this year, but the Mustangs never beat Palo Verde.
Palo Verde 34, Shadow Ridge 18
Rule of thumb: Always bet against the Trojans away from Pahrump.
Democracy Prep 29, Pahrump Valley 27
Haven't seen much from the Blue Knights since their miraculous week 1 over Coronado.
Pahrump Valley 24, Democracy Prep 15
Cheyenne is the clear-cut favorite in the Sunset League.
Cheyenne 41, Valley 20
Desert Shields bounce back from their loss in Overton.
Cheyenne 26, Valley 21
Del Sol wins a third straight game.
Del Sol 40, Western 0
Seems like Del Sol has an endless supply of running backs.
Del Sol 49, Western 12
At beginning of the season, I would have picked Virgin Valley.
Boulder City 31, Virgin Valley 22
Still picking Virgin Valley, which is more battle-tested.
Virgin Valley 28, Boulder City 21
I love CHS — no, not Centennial or Coronado. The original, Chaparral.
Centennial 28, Coronado 17
This could be a game between top-10, or even top-five teams — in two years.
Centennial 24, Coronado 23
Basic wins its home opener. Yes, home opener.
Basic 38, Las Vegas 13
Can't see the Wildcats keeping it close for long.
Basic 36, Las Vegas 13
Mojave’s running game too explosive for Miners .
Mojave 38, Sunrise Mountain 30
Mojave will technically be on a win streak after last week's victory by Basic's forfeit.
Mojave 33, Sunrise Mountain 20
Rule of thumb: Always take California team hosting Las Vegas team.
Clayton Valley 30, Canyon Springs 19
Clayton Valley (Calif.)
Canyon Springs came close to knocking off Clayton Valley last year, but might not have the offense this year.
Clayton Valley 24, Canyon Springs 13
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