Published Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 | 12:49 a.m.
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.
It’s rivalry week on the local high football gridiron with three longtime rivalries highlighting Friday’s slate of games.
Las Vegas High will travel to Rancho for the annual “Bone Game,” Eldorado takes on host Chaparral in the “Cleat Game” and Basic makes the short drive to Foothill to take on the Falcons in the Battle for Boulder Highway.
Las Vegas and Rancho have played since the 1950s. They’ve play for the bone — a cow’s bone donated by a local butcher. Las Vegas was last defeated by Rancho in 1995.
Longtime Sunrise Division foes Chaparral and Eldorado have been playing for the Cleat, a bronzed cleat of former Los Angeles Rams great Merlin Olsen, since the 1970s. Both teams have struggled in recent years.
Basic and Foothill have arguably the state’s most intense rivalry. The schools are situated two miles apart with Boulder Highway as the primary dividing line. When Foothill opened in 1999, it took several students from Basic, Henderson’s oldest high school.
Expect the stadium to be packed in east Henderson.
Check back later tonight as scores go final. Case Keefer, Edward Hauth and Ray Brewer will have reports from all of the valley’s games.