Published Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 | 10:45 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 | 1:26 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer break down the first week of high school football games and look ahead to this Friday's gridiron action.
A non-league game in the beginning of September shouldn’t have this much significance.
Liberty has gone from one of the Las Vegas Valley’s worst teams to one of the best, and will be using its season opener against perennial power Palo Verde as a gauge to determine its improvements.
Several feel the Patriots will wind up being one of the Sunrise Region’s best teams — a fact that could be confirmed tonight.
The game, however, isn’t the lone one of interest on the slate.
Basic travels to Durango in a game of talented teams looking for a signature win. Despite graduating most of its key performers from last year’s squad that reached the state semifinals, the Wolves opened last week with a blowout victory against 3A Boulder City High.
The competition will be better this week against a Durango team that erased a two-touchdown deficit in the second half last week to beat defending Sunrise champion Del Sol. The Trailblazers Julio Mora and Donovan Smith will have a chance against Basic to prove last week wasn’t a fluke.
We’ll have reports from most of the valley’s large-school games. Keep checking back as the scores go final.