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September 16, 2021

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Desert Oasis takes down Sierra Vista 53-22

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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.

Desert Oasis (6-2, 4-1) has reached the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Diamondbacks clinched one of the Southwest Division’s bids by beating rival Sierra Vista (1-6, 1-4) 53-22.

“We were in control throughout,” Desert Oasis coach Faron Seibel said. “We gave up some plays and let them have a touchdown on a fake punt, but overall we played well.”

Senior Brandon Andrews led the Diamondbacks with two rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Trevon Barnes and fullback Devin Fortenberry also racked up yards running the Diamondbacks patented option attack.

Sierra Vista never threatened in one of the city’s newest rivalry games. When Desert Oasis opened three years ago, it plucked most of its students away from Sierra Vista.

The Mountain Lions have struggled in football ever since, while the Diamondbacks have thrived.

"This was special to us, because winning the game got us into the playoffs,” Seibel said. “I would like for there to be more of a rivalry, but I don’t know that it’s that big of a deal yet. I hope it grows into that.”

Desert Oasis has its biggest test of the season next week when it takes on Durango, a game that will likely decide who finishes second behind Bishop Gorman in the division.

“We’re going to battle for the No. 2 spot this year just like we battled for it last year,” Seibel said. “They are a great team. We’re looking forward to it.”

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