Published Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 | 1:37 a.m.
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.
This game has all the makings of a classic.
When the Green Valley High football team hosts Coronado tonight, more will be on the line than bragging rights between the Henderson rivals. The winner will be in the driver’s seat to win the Southeast League, which means having home field advantage in upcoming Sunrise Regional playoffs.
Coronado has won the last two meetings against Green Valley, including in 2012 when it upset Green Valley in the playoffs to earn a spot in the state semifinals. And even though Coronado won just four games last year with underclassmen in most key spots, they held Green Valley to just 21 points in an upset win.
Green Valley, led by quarterback Christian Lopez and running back Albert Lake, still advanced to last season’s Sunrise championship game. This year, Green Valley players are confident they can win the Sunrise — well, only if they can get past their nemesis in Coronado.
Both teams are ranked in the Sun’s top 10. Green is No. 6; Coronado No. 7.
Coronado (3-2) lost by one point early this season at four-time defending Sunrise champion Liberty, and fell again two weeks later in triple overtime at No. 2 Arbor View. Tonight, the Cougars can earn that marquee victory to show they are contenders in the race for the Sunrise crown.
Green Valley, who plays at home three times in the next four weeks to close the regular season, would be undefeated if not for a turnover-plagued loss to Palo Verde. If Green Valley protects the ball, you can easily argue they can score at will and run the table in the Sunrise.
This isn’t the lone game of interest.
Canyon Springs, which last week snapped Liberty's 40-game winning streak against Sunrise opponents, looks to continue its momentum against rival Las Vegas. Las Vegas enters on a three-game losing skid, but a victory in the Northeast League opener would quickly erase the bad memories of those defeats. Las Vegas would be alone in first place with a win.
In the Division 1-A, the game of the week is Sierra Vista at Faith Lutheran with heavy playoff implications. Five of the league’s eight teams, including defending state champion Faith Lutheran, entered the week with 2-2 league records. Sierra Vista is at 3-1.
We’ll keep you posted all night as scores become final. Send us your game information and fan photos on Twitter using #sunstandout or #702hsfb.
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