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May 26, 2019

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Shadow Ridge goes from no wins last year to playoffs in 2012

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After the Shadow Ridge High football team dropped its final game of last season to finish with no wins, coach Frank Tousa told the players during his postgame talk that next year would be different.

“We set a goal last November with these kids to make the playoffs,” Tousa said.

The Mustangs did just that Friday night, using three total touchdowns from quarterback Bakari Smith in a 35-14 victory against host Spring Valley to secure a spot in the playoffs in two weeks.

Next week, Shadow Ridge will host Durango with the winner taking the No. 3 seed from the Northwest and the loser seeded fourth (and forced to play three-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman in the opener).

Smith rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and completed 14-of-19 passes for 174 yards and another touchdown. Ryan Johnson added four rushes for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Jay Henderson caught six passes for 67 yards and a score.

Technically, Shadow Ridge is 2-6 overall and 2-2 in the Northwest. Earlier this year, however, they had to forfeit a pair of wins for using a player ruled ineligible.

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