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High School Football:

‘Talented, cerebral’ Grayson leads Desert Pines to lopsided win

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Desert Pines football players Trevor Nofoa, Nathaniel Tavita, Marckell Grayson, Natron Auelua-Naki, Sam Poutasi, Vasa Hansell, Angel Torres, Isaiah Morris, Termaine Javea, and Anthony Smith before the 2015 Season.

It was a given that Desert Pines would roll through Virgin Valley on Friday, so the Jaguars chose to use it as an opportunity to showcase All-City quarterback Marckell Grayson.

Grayson finished 15-of-25 for 297 yards and six touchdown passes — a gaudy stat line even for him.

The junior signal caller found four different receivers for touchdowns during the passing clinic he put on in Desert Pines’ 48-0 win over Virgin Valley.

“Marckell is a really talented, cerebral quarterback,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said. “We have had issues with our protection early in the year, so we are working on that. But when he has time, he has the accuracy to move the ball all over the field.”

Randal Grimes was the biggest beneficiary of Grayson’s big night, catching six passes for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Junior receiver Jordan Simon also caught two touchdowns, and finished with four catches for 76 yards.

“We were just focused on spreading the ball around to our playmakers and having an efficient night from Grayson,” Rodriguez said.

With the focus on the passing game, standout back Isaiah Morris had his quietest outing of the season — finishing with nine carries for 57 yards, but also catching a 48-yard touchdown pass.

The Jaguars' prolific offense has now scored 297 points through six games, an average of 49.5 per contest. Look for that to continue next week when they take on a Del Sol (1-5, 1-3) defense that has allowed nearly 37 points per game.

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.

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