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Friday night roundup: Gorman, Palo not the only game in town

Sunset Semifinal Football 2012

Leila Navidi

Lorenzo Fertitta of Bishop Gorman catches a ball as Ryan Beaulieu of Palo Verde looks on during the Sunset Regional semifinals at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Updated Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 | 12:44 a.m.

Sunset Semifinal Football 2012

Nathan Starks of Bishop Gorman runs for a touchdown during the Sunset Regional semifinals against Palo Verde at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas on Friday, November 9, 2012. Launch slideshow »
Scores around the valley
  • Centennial 14, Arbor View 9 — Sunset Regional semifinals
  • Liberty 33, Silverado 14 — Sunrise Regional quarterfinals
  • Coronado 21, Las Vegas 7 — Sunrise Regional quarterfinals
  • Bishop Gorman 71, Palo Verde 28 — Sunset Regional semifinals
  • Canyon Springs 37, Basic 15 — Sunrise Regional quarterfinals
  • Green Valley 43, Foothill 14 — Sunrise Regional quarterfinals
  • Lowry 0, Moapa Valley 0 — Division I-A state semifinals (Saturday)
  • Cheyenne 0, Truckee (Calif.) 0 — Division I-A state semifinals (Saturday)
  • Prep Sports Now

    Projecting the rest of the playoffs

    Bishop Gorman vs. Palo Verde. Arbor View vs. Centennial. The start of the Sunrise region playoffs. The semifinals of the Division 1A playoffs. It's a packed week of high school football for Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer to break down on this episode of Prep Sports Now.

    The anticipated high school football showdown between Palo Verde and host Bishop Gorman high schools Friday night in the Sunset Regional semifinals might feel like the only game in town. But it’s not.

    And, depending on who you talk to, it might not be the most interesting.

    The other semifinal in the Sunset features undefeated Arbor View and Centennial high schools, and unlike the Gorman-Palo tilt, the outcome likely won’t be decided until late in the fourth quarter.

    Even though Arbor View beat Centennial 31-18 earlier in the season, limiting the Bulldogs to less than 100 yards of offense, the rematch should be much closer. The teams are each ranked in the top five in the Sun’s rankings and have standout performers on each side of the ball.

    In the Sunrise Region, all four quarterfinal games have an intriguing storyline, especially Northeast League No. 2 seed Canyon Springs hosting Southeast No. 3 Basic.

    It’s a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal round, where Basic’s passing attack was too much for Canyon Springs to contain in a 20-point victory. It was an upset of sorts for Basic because Canyon Springs was the Northeast champion and expecting a deep playoff run.

    This year’s contest seems equally matched but could swing in Basic’s favor because Canyon Springs senior running back Donell Pumphrey might not play because of an ankle injury he suffered last week. Pumphrey, a San Diego State commit, is arguably the Sunrise’s top player and has been Canyon Springs’ top threat the past three years.

    Next week, the Basic-Canyon Springs winner will face the winner of Friday’s Silverado at Liberty contest. Liberty is the two-time defending Sunrise champion.

    On the other side of the bracket, Southeast No. 2 seed Coronado will play in the postseason for the first time since 2005 when it hosts Northeast No. 3 seed Las Vegas. Under first-year coach Brad Talich, Coronado posted a 7-2 record in the regular season in turning their program around.

    The other quarterfinal game pits Northeast No. 1 seed Green Valley against Southeast No. 4 seed Foothill. Green Valley, which went undefeated in league, has surrendered just 13 points in the fourth quarter this year, three times erasing late deficits.

    Check back later for scores as the games go final.

    High school football results from around Southern Nevada:

    Green Valley tops Foothill for spot in Sunrise semifinals

    Nacua, Patriots advance with win over Silverado

    Coronado eliminates Las Vegas to set up rematch with Green Valley

    Defense propels Canyon Springs to playoff win over Basic

    Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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