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May 26, 2019

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Durango breaks out of offensive slump, scores 74 in win

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The tough Southeast Division

Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer break down high school football's tough Southeast Division. Five of the league's seven teams are part of the Sun's top-10 rankings.

Even though the Durango High football team held a 54-28 halftime lead Saturday against host Bonanza, coach Gary Maki didn’t feel the lead was safe.

“I didn’t feel comfortable pulling my starters out after that first half,” Maki said. “The first half was just a track meet with points being scored.”

Durango, however, was the only team that continued to score in the second half, prevailing 74-28 in the Southwest Division opener for both schools.

Durango senior Donovan Smith finished with two rushing and one receiving touchdown, Maki said. Senior running back Julio Mora rushed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week, Durango (2-1) was limited to 14 points and held scoreless in the second half in losing to Basic.

“We didn’t have a good week of practice last week,” Maki said. “I knew we were going to have some problems.”

Senior DeSean Martin, one of the area’s top college prospects, scored all four of Bonanza’s touchdowns.

“It was a tough one, but we will be all right,” Bonanza coach Shawn Durpis said.

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