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May 27, 2019

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Action-packed contest sees Boulder City outlast Desert Pines

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer talk Liberty's statement victory, Bishop Gorman's error-filled night and Centennial's time to shine against Arbor View. In the middle of the usual discussion, they break into an argument over which player is having the best season so far — D.J. Pumphrey or Niko Kapeli.

In a night full of big plays, Boulder City found a way to make one more than Desert Pines.

That’s how the Eagles improved to 5-0, downing the host Jaguars 25-16 in an affair that saw a handful of plays go for more than 80 yards.

“Desert Pines is an athletic team,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “They’re by far the best team we’ve played. We had to get physical because they’re a good football team and got some momentum.”

Although Boulder City never trailed in the game, it led only 17-16 for most of the second half. It took senior running back Billy Viera’s second touchdown of the night and the ensuing two-point conversion for Boulder City to pull away.

Viera finished with 151 rushing yards on nine carries, headlining the Eagles' ground attack that gained 310 yards on the night. The Jaguars picked up 230 rushing yards of their own.

Junior Eric Wilkes broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run right before halftime to get Desert Pines on the board. Boulder City had already scored with an 85-yard return on the opening kickoff from Xavier Steel and a 94-yard dash from Viera.

“The first half was all big plays,” Kazel said. “We gave a couple away, but overall I’m proud of the defense and proud of the kids.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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