Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 | 1:09 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer bring all the ranting and raving any Southern Nevada high school football fan could ever want on the fourth episode of this year's podcast. Brewer further fuels his detractors at Centennial and predicts a lopsided victory in favor of Bishop Gorman. Does Keefer agree? Listen to find out.
He just didn’t realize how emotional his players would become when they finally got their hands on the bronzed cleat NFL great Merlin Olsen donated to the rivalry in the 1970s.
Chaparral’s Antonio Thomas rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in leading the Cowboys to a 52-14 win, snapping a three-game losing streak in the series and tripling Chaparral’s win total from the past three years at 3-1 overall.
The players rushed the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Soon they were taking turns hoisting the cleat, including several players with tears in their eyes. They even were presented hats specially made for winning the game.
“It was great. Just wonderful. What a lot of fun,” Froman said. “I’m so happy for our kids. This is something they’ve worked so hard for.”
Two years ago, Chaparral lost by one point in overtime. Last year, the Cowboys led at the half but couldn’t hang on in a tough loss.
In addition to struggling against Eldorado, Chaparral won just one game the last three years. Friday, all of that was erased.
“The most significant part for me is that we are stringing together a few wins,” Froman said. “We are starting to turn the corner and, maybe, families will start sending their kids to Chap again. That’s what turns me on.
“It’s a wonderful school that everyone (in Las Vegas) has forgotten about,” he said. “It’s a great place to send your kid. If we keep winning some football games, you see things changing.”
Chaparral quarterback Jason Johnson had 11 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 137 yards with two scoring strikes to Patrick Savoy. Tyquan Anderson added a 70-yard touchdown run in also rushing for more than 100 yards.
Defensively, freshman Richard Hernandez led Chaparral with nine tackles. Winning the “Cleat Game” as a freshman gives Froman, a second-year coach, something to build on for future seasons.
“Our cupboard is far from bare over here,” he said.
The Eldorado is one of the oldest casinos in the Las Vegas Valley, opening in downtown Henderson in 1962.
The casino features table games, slot machines, a sports book, a keno lounge and a bingo parlor. Table games include 3 Card Poker, $2 minimum; blackjack with Royal Math 21, $2 minimum, and 10-cent roulette. There are 439 reel, keno and video poker machines, including several coin games. .
Dining options at Eldorado include Mariana's Mexican restaurant and The Cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner — including a $2.99 spaghetti dinner.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert