Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 | 12:51 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer talk about finding more competitive games for several struggling programs in the 4A classification — like in the 3A. Oh, Gorman and Palo are still the cream of the crop.
Players and coaches on both teams are calling this game something they will never forget.
However, when it was all said and done, Steve Burns’ 2-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play in the fourth overtime went down as the game-winner.
The victory guaranteed that Arbor View, which is one of three undefeated teams in Southern Nevada, will reach the playoffs for the first time since the school opened in 2005.
Fittingly, this was also Arbor View’s first victory against Cheyenne.
“It was a game for the ages,” Arbor View coach Dan Barnson said. “It was one of those defensive coordinator nightmares for both teams.”
Arbor View led 21-8 at halftime and appeared headed to an easy seventh straight win to open the season.
But Cheyenne scored 16 unanswered points to open the second half in starting what turned out to the be one of the best back-and-forth battles on the local gridiron in recent memory.
Arbor View evened the game at 30 with about 90 seconds to play. It missed an extra point that would have sealed the win.
Cheyenne could have won in the second overtime when it scored to even the game at 44. But the Desert Shields elected to try a 2-point conversion instead of an extra point, which failed. Cheyenne hasn’t attempted an extra point all season.
“What a crazy game. That was fun,” Barnson said.
Tyler Spight had six touchdowns for Cheyenne (2-3, 1-3), which likely needs to win its remaining four games to reach the postseason.