Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Updated Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 | 11:59 p.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer look over a surprising remaining playoff bracket before weighing in with their picks.
The Coronado and Liberty High football teams were evenly matched when they played during the regular season. A Coronado missed field goal by inches at the end of the game was all that separated the Henderson rivals, giving Liberty a one-point win.
They renew the rivalry tonight in the Sunrise Regional semifinals, putting Liberty’s streak of four consecutive Sunrise championships on the line.
Both teams are drastically different from the initial meeting.
Liberty freshman quarterback Kenyon Oblad, who completed 9 of 22 passes in the first meeting, has more confidence managing the game. And, more important, the Patriots are finally healthy after piecing their lineup together in September and part of October because of injuries.
Players such as running back Ethan Tuilagi, who had just one carry in the first meeting because of an ankle injury, have returned to bolster Liberty’s chances.
Coronado’s offense peaked when Spencer Cofer was inserted as the starter, and running back Nick Trejo started receiving a bulk of the carries.
In the Sunset Region, five-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman hosts Centennial, and Northwest League champion Arbor View takes on visiting Palo Verde. Both Gorman, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, and Arbor View have undefeated records.
Tonight is just the beginning.
The Division I-A state semifinals will be contested Saturday, with Moapa Valley High hosting Elko and Desert Pines traveling to Northern Nevada to face Churchill County. If one of the Southern Nevada teams wins, the state championship game would be next weekend at Bishop Gorman.
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