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High school football top 10: A new team joins rankings

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

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discuss Canyon Springs' upset victory over Liberty before debating the top 10 rankings in the wake of non-league play ending. Yeah, boy.

For the first time in five weeks, the Sun’s weekly high school football top 10 has a new team: Desert Pines joins the rankings to replace Las Vegas, who has dropped three straight games.

Desert Pines is one of the top Division I-A teams and is primed to make a deep playoff run, if not challenge for a state championship. Its lone loss came against No. 9 Moapa Valley.

That’s not the lone movement in the rankings.

Liberty, after being upset last week by Canyon Springs for its first league loss in more than four years, falls from the No. 2 spot to No. 5. Arbor View is now No. 2 and Centennial is No. 3.

Canyon Springs is rewarded for its big win by climbing to No. 4.

Here are the rest of the rankings:

1. Bishop Gorman (7-0): Gorman is also the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. Up next: Friday at Durango.

2. Arbor View (5-0): Arbor View moves up a spot to No. 2 in the rankings. The Aggies, though, are dealing with injuries to multiple key performers. They’ll be tested against Legacy in the Battle of the Bulls game. Up next: Friday at Legacy

3. Centennial (5-0): Centennial easily handled Bonanza last week. They move up a spot to No. 3. Up next: Friday vs. Cimarron-Memorial.

4. Canyon Springs (4-1): How cool is this? Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper was flooded with congratulatory messages from former players after finally beating Liberty last week. The Pioneers can’t afford to have a hangover this week against rival Las Vegas. Up next: Friday vs. Las Vegas

5. Liberty (4-2): All good things have to come to an end. After more than four years of undefeated play against league opponents, Liberty last week dropped its Northeast League opener to Canyon Springs. Up next: Friday at Valley

6. Green Valley (4-1): The winner of Friday’s Green Valley-Coronado matchup will be in the driver’s seat to win the Southeast League. Up next: Friday vs. Coronado

7. Coronado (3-2): Coronado’s passing attack might the best in the Sunrise Region. That debate will be answered Friday against Green Valley — GV’s Lopez vs. Coronado’s Farella. Up next: Friday at Green Valley

8. Palo Verde (3-2): Palo Verde closed nonleague play last week with a double-digit win against Cimarron-Memorial. Friday at Shadow Ridge

9. Moapa Valley (6-0): Moapa Valley is the hands-down favorite to win the Division I-A state championship, right? Up next: Thursday at Del Sol

10. Desert Pines (5-1): Desert Pines moves into the top 10. It won’t be challenged again during Division I-A Sunrise league play. Up next: Friday vs. Del Sol

OUT: Las Vegas (2-3): Las Vegas has dropped three straight games to drop out of the rankings. It might be a one-week hiatus. A victory this week when the Wildcats open Northeast League play against Canyon Springs would likely put them back in the top 10.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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