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September 23, 2021

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Durango blows out Western; tied with Gorman for first in Southwest

Schools could both be undefeated for Nov. 4 regular season finale

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Rivalry week on tap for Las Vegas schools

Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer take a closer look at this week's slate of high school football games, including rivalry contests between Las Vegas-Rancho, Chaparral-Eldorado and Basic-Foothill. The fellas also discuss Liberty's slow starts, Gorman's domination and the lack of quality long snappers. They will also have their weekly picks.

The defending state champion Bishop Gorman High football team has some company atop the Southwest Division standings.

Durango is also undefeated in league play, and if the Trailblazers continue to score points like they did Thursday, their regular season finale Nov. 4 against Gorman could be a rare competitive contest for both teams.

Durango's Donovan Smith rushed for a pair of long touchdown runs in the first half to help the Trailblazers open with 51 unanswered points against visiting Western in a 65-7 victory.

After losing to Basic Sept. 3 and struggling two weeks later against Clark, Durango (7-1, 6-0) has averaged 54 points a game in winning its last four contest. That doesn’t include scoring 77 points Sept. 11 against Bonanza.

“Everything kind of clicked tonight for us,” Durango coach Gary Maki said. “We have come along way since the Basic and Clark games.”

Smith scored Durango’s initial touchdown on a double-reverse, racing around the touchdown and diving into the end zone for a 38-yard run.

Chase Roberts added three touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with Michael Neighbors, Julious McLaurine and Julio Mora.

Scott Martinez and Brandon Pena added second-half touchdowns for Durango.

Western’s lone points came on a kickoff return for a touchdown from Reggie Williams to open the second half.

Durango has two regular-season games remaining — against Desert Oasis and Gorman. A win against Desert Oasis next week will secure a home playoff game for Durango.

“We are looking forward to next week,” Maki said. “We think we have a heck of a team. We have some weapons, and we know how to use our weapons and get everyone involved.”

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