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August 18, 2019

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Las Vegas ‘humbled’ in loss at California school

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Las Vegas High football players (from left) Aaron Zanin-Banks, Randy Ramirez and Eduardo Guardado before the 2013 season.

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Trevor Swenson had a pair of first-half touchdowns today for the Las Vegas High football team, but it wasn’t enough to slow down California’s Rancho Verde High in a 66-14 road loss.

“We got humbled,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “We have room to work, room for improvements. That is a good football team. We were outmanned, outclassed and outperformed today.”

Aaron Zanin-Banks and Sam Blackburn had touchdown receptions for Las Vegas, which trailed just 35-14 after the second touchdown. However, Rancho Verde returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and closed the game with 31 unanswered points.

“We hung around for half of the first quarter or so,” Thurman said. “We just didn’t play very good and they were a big reason why.”

Las Vegas (2-1) returns to local competition next week when it opens Northeast League play at Rancho in the annual “Bone Game” rivalry. Las Vegas has won the past 17 years.

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