Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 11:34 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer celebrate the start of the Sunrise Region playoffs with an all-encompassing look at the first round of games. Don't worry; they save time for discussion on Palo Verde vs. Arbor View and the Division 1-A quarterfinals
The Shadow Ridge High football team knew what was on the horizon. The Mustangs were locked into a No. 3 seed from the Northwest League in the upcoming playoffs.
So what was Shadow Ridge playing for in its regular season finale? It’s first winning season in three seasons.
Senior running back Cody Alfar rushed for 231 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns to lead Shadow Ridge to a 51-20 victory over Durango.
Melvin Johnson added two touchdowns, including an 80-yard kickoff return for the Mustangs.
The win handed Shadow Ridge its first winning season since 2010, where they finished 6-5. The program is two seasons removed from an 0-9 campaign, and Tousa is proud of the progress the team has made in the past two seasons.
“We’re taking baby steps,” he said.
The Mustangs (5-4, 3-2 Sunset Northwest) can take a leap forward if they can pull off the upset against Centennial in next Friday’s Sunset Region quarterfinals.
The teams met earlier this year with the Bulldogs winning, 40-7.
“Both teams have gotten better since we played,” Tousa said. “The kids are looking forward to it, and are excited for the challenge.”
Durango finishes the season winless (0-8, 0-5).