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July 18, 2019

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Wingstop Player of the Week: This linebacker made play after play in rivalry game

Cruz Littlefield

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Las Vegas High football player Cruz Littlefield, pictured with the Sun’s Ray Brewer, is the Wingstop Player of the Week.

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Cruz Littlefield should have had more than 100 tackles last year during his sophomore season with the Las Vegas High football team.

But he had to share tackles with his brother, Jacob. The brothers combined for 161 tackles at middle linebacker, enjoying their one high school season as teammates.

This season, Jacob Littlefield is playing in the Air Force program, and Cruz Littlefield is continuing the family’s strong play with the Wildcats.

Last week in the “Bone Game” rivalry against Rancho, Cruz had eight tackles, a sack, fumble recovery and blocked punt that led to a touchdown. Las Vegas won, 49-0.

He’s our Wingstop Player of the Week.

“I learned from (my brother) as we grew up,” Cruz Littlefield said. “He’s who I wanted to play like.”

The older Littlefield was undersized at 6-foot, 190 pounds as a junior, but was a student of the game and logged triple-digit tackles being in the right place at the right time. The younger Littlefield is already 6-foot, 210 pounds and is more physical in his playing style.

Cruz Littlefield, who has 36 tackles through four games, just turned 16. He could easily be a sophomore. Yet, despite being so young, he’s one of the leaders on the Las Vegas team.

“I’m a natural born leader in everything I do,” Cruz Littlefield said.

While he’s well on his way to making a name for himself, Cruz Littlefield doesn’t mind being in his brother’s shadow.

After all, their season together playing linebacker was one the family won’t soon forget. They are two of five children.

“It really start to hit me when I saw both my boys out there together,” said Scott Littlefield, their father and an assistant principal at Las Vegas High.

Cruz Littlefield wouldn’t mind following his brother’s footsteps one last time. His dream is to also play in college.

“It’s given me so much hope knowing he can do it, and I’m on the same path,” he said.

Wingstop provides the player of the week a $50 gift card, shirt and medal.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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