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January 23, 2018

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Canyon Springs defense pulls through in close game against Valley

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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.

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Canyon Springs (5-2, 5-0) received a minor scare Friday from Valley (1-7, 1-5).

The Vikings played football right with the Pioneers for most of the night and had the lead for a while. But Canyon Springs eventually prevailed in a 20-6 win behind a defense that caused five turnovers.

“The game was out of control,” Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper said. “We played well all day but made some mistakes, and Valley was real tough. They played well.”

Marquon Webster and Trey Evans led Canyon Springs’ dominant defensive performance.

Webster had an interception and forced a fumble. Evans also had an interception and recovered a fumble.

“Trey Evans is a kid that’s been consistent for us all year,” Cooper said. “It was nice to see him have a big game.”

Offensively, Canyon Springs welcomed back star running back Malik Brown who was injured two weeks ago and missed last week’s game. Brown responded by rushing for more than 100 yards.

Brown’s health will be a key factor in next week’s showdown with Las Vegas High in a game that will determine the top team in the Northeast Division.

"Going into Vegas undefeated in league, it feels great,” Cooper said. “They have the reputation. We need to get that reputation by playing a good, physical football game. We can’t make mistakes against that program.”

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