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May 20, 2019

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Las Vegas High lone Northeast team to win a playoff game

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Working through the playoff brackets

Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer go over the high school football postseason picture and reflect on how it got to this point. The episode also contains a lengthy segment debating who is the Southeast Division MVP — Niko Kapeli, Kyle Keplinger, Aaron Love or Chris Marshall.

The Las Vegas High football team might have lost the Northeast Division title when it was defeated by Canyon Springs, but one week later the Wildcats can stake claim to another achievement: being the league’s lone team still playing.

Las Vegas used three touchdowns from senior Farrell Victor Friday in a 37-21 victory against visiting Green Valley in the Sunrise Regional quarterfinals. The other three Northeast teams in the postseason lost their quarterfinal games, making the perennial power Wildcats the last team standing.

One week after losing to Canyon Springs by one point in overtime during a turnover-plagued effort, Las Vegas was able to get back on track to extend the season.

“We went back to fundamentals,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “We didn’t add any plays this week. We went back to the fundamentals of ball security and simplifying some things with the running and passing game."

Hasaan Henderson passed for two touchdowns in the win, connecting with Victor and Joshua Mayfield. Henderson also carried the ball nine times for 98 yards and a touchdown. Victor had 20 carries for 108 yards.

Las Vegas advances to next week’s Sunrise semifinals against host Liberty. Last year, Liberty physically dominated Las Vegas in the regional title game.

“It was one of those games you want to forget about immediately, but you can’t,” Thurman said. “They got after us pretty good. Hopefully, we get a chance to redeem ourselves. I know they are a good team.”

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