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May 21, 2019

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Malik Davis stars as Desert Pines downs Virgin Valley

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Malik Davis can sometimes get lost behind the considerable shadows of Eric Wilkes and Iquan Corsey in the Desert Pines backfield.

Not on Friday. With Corsey missing the game and the Jaguars needing someone to make up for the absence, Davis had his best game of the season in a 41-28 home triumph over Virgin Valley.

He rushed for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards.

“He had a real breakout game,” Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett said. “He’s been consistent, but the kid stepped up tonight.”

Davis also returned a punt for a touchdown in the second half to give Desert Pines a commanding 34-14 lead. The Jaguars other two scores came from quarterback Travis Nofoa, who had a rushing and passing touchdown.

Junior Tim Hough caught the touchdown pass. Virgin Valley led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Desert Pines went 41-7 from the beginning of the second quarter through the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Bennett described it as Desert Pines’ best game this season, as the Jaguars improved to 4-3.

“The kids came out big time and played for us tonight,” Bennett said. “This was probably one of those types of games typical for the playoffs. We definitely rose to the occasion.”

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