Published Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 | 11 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 | 12:36 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer dissect this week's high school football games. It's a competitive slate of contests highlighted by the Southeast and Northeast divisions crowning champions. The boys disagree on their picks. Listen to hear who you agree with.
Las Vegas High quarterback Hasaan Henderson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Wildcats clinched the Sunrise Northeast league championship with a 49-20 victory over Canyon Springs on Friday.
Henderson completed 15 of 19 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Cameron Rogers early in the fourth quarter.
“It feels real good, especially because it was a big game we had today with the division championship on the line,” Henderson said. “It was a real big win. I give all my credit to my linemen and receivers on this one.”
Henderson also rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns, including a sensational 50-yard touchdown run on 3rd and 17 in which the Wildcats quarterback sidestepped one Pioneer defender and high-stepped another on his way to the end zone.
“I dropped back and they brought pressure,” Henderson said of his long touchdown run. “So I was able to get away from the first defender and Marquan (Major) did a good job blocking down field, and I was able to make someone miss and get into the end zone.”
Rogers led the Wildcats in receiving with 114 yards and two touchdowns. He was followed closely by Major, who accounted for six catches for 99 yards.
Wildcats running back Farrell Victor rushed for 50 yards and caught two balls for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Fellow running back Lamond Powe rushed for two touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 8-1 on the season.
In addition to winning the Sunrise Northeast league title, the Wildcats also secured the No. 1 seed in the Sunrise Regional playoffs and at least two home playoff games.
“It feels great to get these victories and to get home-field advantage, because home-field advantage is very important in playoff games,” Henderson said. “We’re going to need the fan support, and it’s very important to us.”
Las Vegas High took a commanding 21-0 halftime lead as a well-executed two-minute drill led to the Wildcats third touchdown of the half with 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The Pioneers responded with a five-play, 28-yard drive capped by a Malik Brown 14-yard touchdown run to open the second half.
The Pioneers were unable to maintain their momentum, though, as the Wildcats scored touchdowns on their next two drives to open up a 37-6 lead and never looked back.
Following the game, Las Vegas High head coach Chris Faircloth talked about the play of his quarterback and the significance of the victory.
“Hasaan Henderson had a phenomenal game for us,” Faircloth said. “I’m very happy with his decision-making. He’s made tremendous strides over the last three or four weeks.”
“The Northeast means a lot for us because we have home-field advantage for sure the first game and after that, it’s up to us as long as we can win the first game,” Faircloth said.
The Wildcats finish up regular season play at 7 p.m. Thursday as they host Eldorado on senior night.