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Friday Night Roundup: Arbor View, Silverado pick up playoff victories

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Desert Oasis High School football players Branden Peterson, Ryan Knipp, and Austin Cooper before the 2015 Season.

Updated Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 | 12:03 a.m.

Can the Desert Oasis Diamondbacks do it again? Or will it be another school that pulls off a high school football playoff upset?

The postseason continues tonight with a familiar theme: No team is safe. Last week, lower-seeded teams Desert Oasis and Chaparral pulled off stunning victories, setting the table for a wild final four weeks of the season.

Desert Oasis won the first playoff game in the school’s 8-year history last week against Palo Verde, but should have its hands full this week against top-seeded Arbor View in the Sunset semifinals. In the other semifinal, the six-time defending Sunset champion Bishop Gorman takes on visiting Centennial.

While both Sunset games should end in blowout fashion, there will be plenty of opportunity for close games in the Sunrise Region.

Second-seeded Green Valley enters the postseason on a three-game winning streak, but must face a Las Vegas squad it beat by just four points early in the season. And, over the past few seasons, games between the Gators and Wildcats typically aren’t decided until the last possession.

Also in the Sunrise, Silverado won its final two regular season games to sneak into the No. 2 seed and will host Foothill. Earlier in the season, Foothill beat Silverado, 45-22. A closer game is expected this time.

Five-time defending Sunrise champ Liberty opens against Coronado, which it has already beat this season. Basic plays Canyon Springs in the quarterfinals for the second straight season, but this time as the top seed. Last season, Basic upset Canyon Springs as a No. 4 seed.

In the Division I-A, defending state champion Moapa Valley hosts Elko Saturday in the state semifinals. Surprise semifinal participant Chaparral plays at Churchill County of Fallon.

We’ll keep everyone posted as games become final. Send us game information, pictures and scores on Twitter using #702hsfb and #sunstandout.

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Stories from games across the valley:

Basic edges Canyon Springs for first-round win

Arbor Views eliminates Desert Oasis, advances to face Gorman for Sunset title

Liberty slices through Coronado in shutout playoff victory

Gorman offensive line dominant in playoff win over Centennial

Silverado peaking at right time, wins first playoff game since 2007

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