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September 23, 2021

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Desert Pines gets first win behind three-pronged running back attack

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Gorman in national spotlight

The Bishop Gorman High football team will be in the national spotlight Saturday when they travel to Northern California to face nationally respected De La Salle. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports, giving the Gaels a chance to make a splash — for themselves and the Las Vegas area.

Sure, Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett hoped his team would get off to a start better than the 0-3 they posted.

But Bennett never panicked because he knew the running back combination of Chancellor Davis, Derrick Shaw and Leon Hayes could be lethal. It showed for the first time this season Friday night when Desert Pines (1-3) used its run game to demolish Eldorado (2-2) 36-6.

“Everybody was counting us out and our kids went out and played well,” Bennett said. “They definitely wanted it. It’s a process in motion.”

Desert Pines set the tone from early on, scoring on its first drive and never letting Eldorado within two touchdowns.

Bennet challenged his defense to contain heralded Sundevil quarterback JaQuorrey Williams and they responded.

“Defense played their minds out,” Bennett said. “We knew how good their quarterback was and how he could play a good game.”

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