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Basic’s Antraye Johnson, Devonte Boyd get the best of Foothill in rivalry game

The Battle for Boulder Highway was scoreless in the second half, partially because Foothill QB Doxtator was injured

Basic's Antraye Johnson and Devonte Boyd

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Basic High School’s Antraye Johnson, left, and Devonte Boyd pose for a photo during practice at the school in Henderson Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

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Basic’s Antraye Johnson was a one-man show Thursday for most of the first half against neighboring Foothill in the ‘Battle for Boulder Highway’ rivalry game.

The junior running back scored three of Basic’s five first half touchdowns, and had a hand in converting all five of the ensuing 2-point conversions in leading the visiting Wolves to a 40-11 victory.

Johnson, who rushed for more than 200 yards, scored on a 79-yard run on Basic’s second play from scrimmage. He was just getting started.

Johnson also had scoring runs of 27 and 14 yards, and rushed for two points on four conversion plays. He passed for the other conversion attempt.

“The coaches were calling good plays and the linemen were blocking perfectly,” Johnson said. “There were a lot of holes for me to run through.”

Basic’s other touchdowns came on a 1-yard run from Jon Scoffield and a 39-yard scoring strike from Jaylen Rose to Devonte Boyd. Boyd, a UNLV recruiting target, added two interceptions and finished with more than 100 receiving yards.

“Antraye is special, Devonte is special. Just two special kids ,” Basic coach Jeff Cahill said. “It was those guys along with the others tonight. It was a team effort. The (offensive) line played great. The defensive probably had its best game of the year.”

The game, which included rain in the first quarter and lighting throughout, was scoreless in the second half.

Drew Doxtator, the Foothill (2-4 overall, 1-1 Southeast) junior quarterback who had passed for more than 450 yards and five touchdowns in his last three games, missed the second half with a leg injury. His lone touchdown pass was a 16-yard scoring strike Jordan Primo, and he completed just 10 passes for 143 yards.

Basic (5-1 overall, 2-0) plays again next week on the Thursday Night Lights television game — a rarity for a school to get picked in consecutive weeks for the 8 p.m. game.

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