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Corsey steps up to lead Desert Pines over Virgin Valley in battle of unbeaten teams

2013 Prep Football

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Desert Pines football players Eric Wilkes, Tim Hough and Malik Davis July 30, 2013.

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A week after Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer could barely find a single game to disagree on, they line up on opposite sides all over the place. With all teams now in league play, they go through all the matchups and differ on how several will play out. They also look back on last week's game between Bishop Gorman and Booker T. Washington.

Facing his first real test of the season, Desert Pines quarterback Iquan Corsey put on a memorable performance.

Corsey threw for 308 yards on 20-of-33 passing with five touchdowns to help the Jaguars come back from a halftime deficit to defeat Virgin Valley, 35-32.

“It was a great game,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “It was a growing experience for our team. … They believe in each other and they pulled through.

Corsey was asked to take on a much larger load after running back Eric Wilkes went down with an ankle injury.

Rodriguez opted to play it safe, keeping Wilkes out of the game and fully entrusting his senior quarterback with the offensive workload.

Corsey didn’t let him down, spreading the ball around to four receivers to help the Jaguars rally.

Tim Hough caught 10 passes for 213 yards with two touchdowns. Andre Watts nabbed 70 yards on five catches with a pair of scores, while John McCoy caught four balls for 25 yards and a touchdown.

“I have complete trust in Iquan and his competitive nature,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a phenomenal talent who trusts his receivers.”

Wilkes is expected to be back next week.

The Jaguars improved to 7-0 (3-0 Division I-A Sunrise), leaving the division with just two undefeated teams (Moapa Valley defeated Boulder City to stay unbeaten).

Desert Pines plays Chaparral next week, before wrapping up its season against Division I-A power Moapa Valley in Overton.

Rodriguez has faith his team won’t overlook next week’s game.

“We’ll put in a gameplan and we’ll be ready for Chaparral,” he said. “That’s our singular focus.”

Virgin Valley (6-1, 2-1) will have its chance to knock off Moapa Valley next week.

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