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Young but dangerous: Desert Pines smashes Desert Oasis

2014 High School Football

Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

From left, Desert Pines High School football players Andre Watts, Natron Auelua-Naki and Jon McCoy July 21, 2014.

Desert Pines lost a lot of great players from last year’s team. The Jaguars didn’t lose them all.

Desert Pines showed worries of a drop-off this season were largely unfounded in its first game, a 48-0 blowout victory over Desert Oasis.

“We had a lot of young guys who were chomping at the bit to prove themselves tonight,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “They’re ready to take the reins.”

Sophomore Marckell Grayson played the lead as the quarterback threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in his first start.

Both Andre Watts and Jon McCoy caught touchdown passes and had more than 100 yards receiving. Sophomore Zae Morris gained more than 100 yards on the ground.

Junior defensive end Anthony Smith disrupted the Diamondbacks on offense throughout the game, with several sacks and tackles for losses.

“He set the tone for our defense, which was really smothering all night,” Rodriguez said.

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