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Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 | 11:53 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer transition into playoff mode and go over all of Friday's matchups.
So it was no surprise tonight when the senior pillars of the program spearheaded a monumental win for the Wildcats.
Littlefield rushed for two touchdowns, Swenson fired two TD passes, and Las Vegas rallied from a three-point halftime deficit for a 28-23 road win over Foothill to open the Division I Sunrise Region playoffs.
“We’re excited,” Las Vegas coach James Thurman said. “Foothill’s always a scrappy team, and their kids played hard. Our kids responded. The kids came back and competed.”
Foothill used a Cory Fisher field goal to take a 17-14 lead shortly before halftime, but Las Vegas responded in the second half with a touchdown run by Littlefield and Swenson’s TD strike to Sam Blackburn before holding on for the win.
Swenson also had a TD pass to Kode Mwirigi.
“He’s definitely a team leader for us,” Thurman said of Swenson. “He’s been our starter for three years. We ask him to do a lot of stuff, and he takes care of it for us. We’re real proud of him.”
Littlefield added a touchdown run in the first half. The senior is also a decorated linebacker and has drawn recent recruiting interest from Air Force, Thurman said.
“He’s a phenomenal kid, a great person, a great football player,” Thurman said. “He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s pretty special. It’s an all-heart deal with him. He’s not going to come off the field; he wants the football and makes plays.”
Las Vegas (6-4) advanced to host Basic (5-5) in a Sunrise Region semifinal next week.
“I’m just real proud of the way the kids competed,” Thurman said. “We had a few turnovers in the first half; the kids came together and worked through it. It’s kind of the stuff you preach all year — you’ve got to battle. The kids did that tonight.”
Foothill, which surged to the No. 2 seed in the Southeast with a 3-1 league mark, finished 5-5 overall.