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May 25, 2019

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Offensive balance leads Desert Oasis to lopsided win over Western

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Desert Oasis High School football player Trevon Barnes.

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Big games in Henderson this week

Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back for another high school football discussion. They look at all the matchups this week and spend extra time on the Southeast, which begins league play this week.

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The big rushing games from Desert Oasis running backs Brandon Andrews and Trevon Barnes should have come as no surprise in the team’s 42-7 victory over Western.

The new part of the Diamondbacks offense is their passing attack. After running on more than 90 percent of its plays for the last two seasons, Desert Oasis is now finding success through the air to complement it.

Junior quarterback Herman Smith showed it against the Warriors by throwing for two touchdowns.

“We’re still an I-football team, but we’re going to drop back and throw,” Desert Oasis coach Scott Staudinger said. “We’re about 65 percent run and 35 percent pass.”

The Diamondbacks can score on special teams, too. Barnes returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Desert Oasis never looked back from there.

Andrews also had two scores. It was Desert Oasis’ first win of the year after dropping games to Bishop Gorman and Foothill, two of Southern Nevada’s top programs.

“Those were two pretty good football teams,” Staudinger said. “But it’s still nice to get that first win. We’ve got that confidence again.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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